‘Master of Phantoms’
The final episode in the six part series which was well-received by critics and audiences alike.
Rylance’s characterization of Cromwell was never going to be so simple. The episode ended with Henry embracing Cromwell, while Cromwell’s eyes just look blank. He feels nothing, because he has sold his soul – for what? Throughout the episodes we have watched as Cromwell has risen through the ranks at all cost. He stands in the shadows and speaks monologues as if the world were watching (as only a Shakespearian actor can!).
The series shows how women were disposable in the Tudor times – brought and sold like cattle, their fates decided cunningly or by fate. Everything was top class with this adaptation. I personally felt ingratiated in this dark world of existence. Anne’s fear seems so real as she faces her fate, which the audience are all familiar with.
MY RATING: ****/ *****