BBC’s The Watch has revealed Carcer Dun’s diabolical bosses, and they change everything about the sinister mission the wizard has been on.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Watch, Season 1, Episode 4, “Twilight Canyons,” now available on BBC.
BBC’s The Watch hasn’t seen Vimes’ (Richard Dormer) team of cops find many answers for the evil wizard, Carcer Dun. He always seems ten steps ahead, and it may very well be because he’s been time and world-hopping, hinting that a mysterious guild has sent him back to achieve some sinister mission that hinges on destroying the city of Ankh-Morpork.
However, Carcer realizes he may have bitten off more than he could chew when the diabolical shadowy cabal reveals itself as a group of space-time watchers aptly called the Watch.
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Carcer races to the Twilight Canyons retirement home in order to obtain the hilt needed for his magical sword, which will give him the power to control the dragon needed to raze the city. But the home has a displacement spell that forces people that fight to dance together and talk out their issues. Vimes and Carcer begin dancing to Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” only for Carcer to admit he doesn’t know much about his bosses.
That night he fell from the Unseen University’s tower into a lightning storm, he was sent to the future and then ordered back to the present. All he knows was the voices told him to end the city and destroy the Watch in order to preserve the fabric of time eons later. But before Carcer can reveal the full story and be convinced to redeem himself, he’s teleported out to a secret dimension. When he arrives, the voices return and they inform him that if he ever tells anyone about his job again, they’ll erase him from reality.
They reveal that they’re the real Watch, omnipotent beings charged with monitoring every reality and the integrity of worlds between worlds. The voices go on to explain that if the human Watch continues to inspire the city to fight back against crime and corruption, it’ll break the overlords’ plans. They don’t want humanity to succeed, and if the cops keep spreading things like belief, love and imagination, society will prosper.
Seeing as Ankh-Morpork has the potential to change the world by melding science and magic, the bosses feel like their purpose could be endangered. Carcer quickly realizes that progression and evolution are being halted, but he’s shackled by the deal and his desire to stay alive. While he agrees to go back to help them control the realms and society, it’s now become clear he’s a sympathetic villain just trying to make it out alive.
The Watch is executive produced by BBC Studios’ Hilary Salmon (Luther) and Phil Collinson (Doctor Who). The series, which will run for eight episodes, is written by Simon Allen (Das Boot). It stars Richard Dormer, Anna Chancellor, Lara Rossi, Ingrid Oliver, James Fleet, Marama Corlett, Sam Adewunmi, Jo Eaton-Kent, Adam Hugill, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Ruth Madeley, Bianca Simone and Ingrid Oliver. The Watch airs Sundays at 8 pm ET/PT on BBC America.
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