Damn it, History, why must you be so upsetting? You know what it is? Everything has gone to hell since Lady Jacquetta (Janet McTeer) died last episode. Missing you already, awesome witchy mother of Queen Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson)! Her life really sucks without you.
Now, the “Previously on...” here gives us Lizzie’s hopeful “Death to George” spell of lo, these many episodes ago, so – and I’m just taking a stab here – perhaps she is finally going to be rid of that pesky brother-in-law of hers this episode? Also, we flashback on Richard (Aneurin Barnard) and Anne (Faye Marsay) marrying for love, as well as see Lady Margaret (Amanda Hale) tie herself to Lord Stanley (Rupert Graves) entirely for convenience, vowing to make her fanatical Lancastrian self agreeable to the House of York. Oh, where will this all lead? Let us find out!
(Need to catch up? Don't miss Rachel Hyland's recaps of The White Queen episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. The series is currently airing in the UK; it premieres on Starz in the U.S. on August 10, at which time we'll repost the recaps.)
It’s 1473, and there is an orgy a’happening in the royal chamber. Edward fools around with two young court beauties (one is the bewitching Jane Shore [Emily Berrington], of last episode’s unfaithfulness) while a sulky George (David Oakes), an impassive Richard and a titillated Lord Stanley look on. Indeed, if there has been anything creepier in this show than the look on Lord Stanley’s face as he enjoys this live sex show it is... well, the look on George’s face as he watches this live sex show and strokes his dog at the same time. (That is not a euphemism; he actually brought along a dog!) Richard’s face is unfathomable, but likewise creepy. It’s just a very uncomfortable situation all around.