In last week’s episode of A Discovery of Witches, Diana learned from Matthew’s stepfather, Philippe, that there was no reason for her and Matthew to wait to consummate their relationship. Yet, even after a terrible fight, Matthew still hasn’t explained his hesitation to her. So on this week’s episode, Philippe, in a bid to force Matthew to come clean, picks a fight with his son that reveals Matthew’s darkest secret.
At the beginning of the episode, Philippe notices Diana is wearing a ring that belongs to Ysebeau. Philippe had already gleaned that Diana and Matthew had timewalked to 1590, but he is still surprised that Ysebeau gave Diana her ring in the future. In his time, Ysebeau hates witches and even leads witch hunts. Plus, Philippe knows she would never give the ring away unless he was dead. It’s this last point that really disturbs him, however, and Philippe wants to know the details of how he met his fate.
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Matthew is reluctant to tell him anything about the future, so Philippe throws him a sword and insists on a duel. Philippe’s intent is to bring out Matthew’s blood rage, which turns him into a violent being without a conscious. With his inhibitions off, Philippe assumes he can get Matthew to reveal the circumstances of his death. The duel is brutal, and Philippe and Matthew do enough damage to draw the attention of everyone at Sept-Tours, including Diana. Matthew goes into a blood rage, and when Diana asks what’s wrong with him, Philippe explains Matthew’s unique affliction. Nonetheless, Matthew maintains enough control to avoid revealing anything about what’s in store for Philippe.
When Philippe walks away, Diana approaches Matthew as he recovers from the blood rage, and he finally confesses that his affliction is the reason he and Diana can’t ever be completely together. But Diana counters that she’ll never leave him. Matthew reveals that, in the past, Philippe used his blood rage to his advantage, turning Matthew into his assassin. As a result, Matthew’s killed thousands. Still, Diana is undeterred.
She seeks out Philippe and dresses him down for provoking Matthew in the hopes of driving her away. Philippe asserts she needed to see Matthew’s deadlier side. He observes that, since Matthew and Diana’s relationship is forbidden, they need to be a united front in the face of whatever comes their way. As Diana insists to Philippe that she’s worthy of Matthew, she starts to spark with power, leading Philippe to recognize her as the powerful witch in an ancient prophesy who will change the destiny of all creatures. Yet, even as Philippe recognizes how powerful she is, Diana informs him that she loves Matthew and it should be enough for him.
After this, Philippe not only accepts Diana and Matthew’s relationship, he plans a wedding for them. And although Matthew tells Diana they don’t have to make it official if she doesn’t want to, Diana doesn’t hesitate to say yes when he pops the question.
Despite everything that’s been revealed to Diana about Matthew and Matthew’s previous hesitation about consummating their relationship, the pair officially get married. And following the wedding reception, they retire to their room at Sept-Tours and finally have sex.
Diana and Matthew leave the following day to continue their quest for the Book of Life, but in contrast to when they arrived, Philippe has completely accepted their relationship and even rides to the edge of the property with them. More importantly, before they leave, he tells Matthew that he forgives him for whatever happens in the future, a gesture that moves Matthew, who has carried intense guilt for killing Philippe, an act of mercy after Philippe was tortured and broken by the Nazis.
So although their time at Sept-Tours started out poorly, and even led Diana and Matthew to have perhaps the worst fight they ever have, ultimately their visit was pivotal. Not only has Diana learned about Matthew’s blood rage, now that they’re married, it seems Matthew has let go of his hesitation over being with her. As a result, they are more fully committed to one another than ever, which may be a good thing as their journey in the past continues and potentially becomes even more challenging as they seek out Ashmole 782.
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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