The latest episode of A Discovery of Witches focuses on Marcus’ activities in the present, and his meeting with a key character from the books.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Season 2, Episode 4, of A Discovery of Witches, streaming now on Sundance Now, Shudder and AMC+.

The second season of A Discovery of Witches spent its first three episodes largely in the past, where Diana and Matthew are currently residing. But in Episode 4, Diana and Matthew’s story is set aside so the show can focus on the characters in the present. And Matthew’s vampire son Marcus is a central focus of the episode, which follows his attempt to obtain some very special art that’s come up for auction in London. It’s in his pursuit of these items that he meets a new character who is destined to become very important to him: Phoebe Taylor.

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At the beginning of the episode, Marcus goes to an auction house to inquire about two miniature paintings that are being auctioned off that afternoon. When Marcus enters the building, Phoebe is the one who takes him inside to discuss the lot he’s interested in. He offers an excessive amount of money to buy the items in advance, but Phoebe tells him he’ll have to bid for them.

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The reason Marcus is interested in the paintings becomes obvious as soon as Phoebe shows them to him: these are the miniature portraits Matthew and Diana gave their adopted son Jack in the previous episode. Since that took place in 1590, the appearance of the miniatures as part of the auction is the first definitive evidence the De Clermonts in the present — and any other interested party — has that Diana and Matthew made it safely to the past.

Marcus easily wins the auction for the art but the auction house insists on keeping his prize until the following day. However, when he comes back to collect the paintings the next morning, he learns the auction house’s vault was ripped open and the items were stolen during the night. The strange thing is, the paintings of Diana and Matthew appear to be the only things that were taken. It seems someone else who is looking for Diana and Matthew in time is responsible for the theft, but the question is who. Diana’s Aunt Sarah, who’s been staying with Emily at the De Clermont estate in France, suspects Peter Knox, but there’s no evidence one way or another.

Despite this turn of events, however, Marcus is less concerned with tracking down the missing paintings than inviting Phoebe to dinner. While Phoebe has been professional throughout their interactions, there’s an obvious spark between the pair. And while she hesitates slightly, Phoebe joins Marcus at a restaurant that evening, where they bond over a shared love of history. By the time they leave, they’re laughing together, although Phoebe observes Marcus doesn’t like talking about himself as he hails a taxi for her. Marcus tells her his life is complicated, and in response Phoebe kisses him, says goodnight and gets in the waiting car.

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Just a short time later, however, Phoebe calls Marcus and then comes over to his apartment. She’s trying to figure him out, but Marcus distracts her by kissing her. Instead of talking more, they have sex. Later that night, though, when Phoebe goes to the kitchen to get a glass of water, she finds a bag of blood in the refrigerator. Marcus comes in to find her looking through his old photos, which include people who look exactly alike no matter when the picture was taken. This discovery prompts her to leave. She knows Marcus is hiding something, and even though she likes him, she can’t let it go. So Marcus, hoping to save the situation, tells her the truth: he’s a vampire. Phoebe, of course, doesn’t believe him, but as Marcus talks she realizes he does believe this story she takes for fiction, which just makes her feel bad for him.

While that’s seemingly the end of Phoebe and Marcus’ relationship, anyone familiar with the books will know that Phoebe eventually learns that Marcus isn’t lying and she and Marcus’ romance goes far beyond a one-night stand. It remains to be seen how the relationship will be handled on the show, but it’s clear from this episode the two could have something special together.

A Discovery of Witches Season 2 stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Alex Kingston, Valarie Pettiford, Lindsay Duncan, Edward Bluemel, Aiysha Hart, Daniel Ezra, Aisling Loftus, Trevor Eve, Owen Teale, Malin Buska, Gregg Chillin, Tom Hughes, James Purefoy, Steven Cree and Adelle Leonce. New episodes are available to stream every Saturday on Sundance Now, Shudder and AMC+.

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