And here we are ...one more fantastic period drama with too few episodes comes to an end. Having read the books, I knew what was coming, but it still didn’t take away from my anticipation of the show’s final two episodes (which Masterpiece PBS aired as a two-hour finale). The good news is that Season 2 is in the works and we’ll have more of Aidan Turner’s smoldering on our TV. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait a whole year for it. In the meantime, let’s do a quick recap of the last four episodes, and maybe speculate about what might be coming up in the next season.
After Ross married Demelza and faced the derision of his neighbors, business partners, and family friends (including the woe-is-me doe-eyed looks from Elizabeth), he embarked on a venture to not only open his father’s old mine, but to outsmart the Warleggans’ quest to monopolize all aspects of the copper industry. Honoring his uncle’s request, Ross (perhaps reluctantly) asked Francis to join him in his new ventures, but Francis, too deeply enmeshed in the machination of the Warleggans, refused and was ultimately ruined. Gambling away his money, mortgaging his estate and mines, spending time with the local prostitute, Francis is the epitome of the weakling lord, who is easily influenced by conniving “friends” like Warleggan. His relationship with Elizabeth deteriorated to the point of barely-contained hostility and of course, true to form, he somehow found a way to blame it all on Ross.