The episode starts with visions right away. James is looking at the river and sees his mother wading in the water.
Brace tells James about how his mother took him to the river to drown him when he was a baby.
After hearing this tale Delaney heads to the Bethlem Royal Hospital to visit his mothers grave. Bethlem Englands first hospital for the mentally ill.
Winter and Delaney have a chat by the docks. Winter says, "I'm not afraid of you but I'm afraid of the African Devil that people say you are". Delaney responds by speaking some African language to her and staring into her soul.
The Chemist holds a safety brief with all his new employees and warns them of the danger of adding chlorate to the mixture.
George Chichester, the man investigating the sinking of The Influence informs the East India Company underlings of his investigation and the damming case against the Company for intentionally sinking a ship full of slaves. When Sir Strange is told about this he decides it's time to start making some moves of his own.
Delaney walks into the river because good things always happen to him when he's around water. Whoops! Nevermind. He dunks his head in and his dead mother pulls him under just like she had done when he was a newborn. His son, Robert, was spying from the woods and sees this happen.
Lorna is worried that Delaney has been absent for two days. She takes a trip to the Geary household to see if Zilpha has seen him. Thorne and Zilpha Geary both tell her to leave.
Thorne Geary gets offered a job assessing the convicts that are brought to Australia through the docks. He's all excited about it but Zilpha says, nah, not gonna go to Australia with you because you are a terrible husband that beats me.
Delaney tells his 'son' that he saw him spying and tells him to keep his mouth shut.
The disease Dumbarton created, Cholera has killed six people so far. Delaney uses this to help deliver the gunpowder. He puts the powder in Cholera marked coffins with the hopes no one willsearch them. The copper does look inside though and finds Delaneys son lying there, pretending to be dead. It works. Dumbarton is happy to have his powder. He says he will tell President Madison that Delaney is reliable. Delaney says you better let my ships through your blockade.
Ibbotson, the man who raised Delaneys son finds a bird carving on a post in the factory. This is the same design that is tattooed on Delaneys back. The same one he carved onto the boat in episode 2 and found in the fireplace later on.
This is an African symbol called The Sankofa, which stems from modern day Ghana and translates to "go back and get it". It is also connescted to an Ashanti proverb which means "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."
James finally returns home to his house only to get scolded by Lorna. She is is really stepping into the role of step mother.
Zilpha kills Geary while he sleeps. Then runs to her brother with a renewed spirit! Delaney gives the body to Dumbarton who disguises the murder as cholera.
Ibbotson was so spooked by the bird symbol he told his priest in confession that he had allowed the devil in his house. The East India Company paid off the priest and seized Delaneys factory.
Godfey runs to Delaney to warn him of this recent news. Delaney reacts casually. He tells Godfrey to leave, murders Ibbotson and rips out his tongue then tells the Chemist to move the rest of the powder even though the Chemist warns him it will explode if moved.
The road would be too bumpy so they move the kegs of gunpowder on the river.
Thorne Geary is mourned and buried. Immediatly after the brother and sister pair go to the bedroom and fuck about it. What should be a satisfying Incestual bone session turns out to be a bad time because James has some more visions about his mom trying to drown him and gets spooked.
Frustrated by this he heads to the room with kegs full of gunpowder and plays with a lighter.
The East India Company blows up his ship.
James runs to Godfrey to figure out why he wasn't informed? Godfrey says he had no idea (poor Godfrey). He then visits Atticus to tell him he needs a new ship and needs to know who betrayed him. Atticus takes him to the man and it is the same man whose thumb James cut off last episode. He gets killed.
Delaney asks Helga to find a captain, get him as a client then slit his throat and give Delaney his ship. Helga declines.
He heads to the water in a drunken stuper. Wakes up face down in mud to find a dead Winter.
What We Don't Know
Who killed Winter? It sure seems like we are supposed to think James killed her. Even he seems to feel guilty. The obvious answer is usually the wrong answer though. The East India Company is attacking him with everything they can. If he was drunk and Winter was watching over him it would be the perfect crime. They kill the girl and frame Delaney. It turns Helga, one of his allies on him. It turns him on himself and it gives the Company a reason to arrest him.
Are Delaneys plans really that fucked without a ship or did he have the foresight for this as well? Atticus summed it up best with this quote...
"Two possibilities; he sold you out because you cut off his thumb, or you cut off his thumb because
you knew he was gonna sell you out. Possibility one... reason. Possibility two... witchcraft."
What We Learned
His sons name is Robert and he is quick on his feet.
Delaney has no problems taking peoples organs out after he kills them.
The Company most likely figured out the Godfrey was Delaneys spy. Poor Godfrey. Life just isn't for him. I don't see his character having a happy ending.
The Chemist is awesome.
Zilpha grows some backbone. I predicted that she would be the one to kill her husband. I thought it would be way more satisfying than it was. She also has a really intense stare. Here is Zilpha story from this episode wrapped into one video.
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