Black Sails S4E7 Review: XXXV

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Warning: Spoilers


We’re down to the last four episodes of the series, guys. I can’t believe it. I’m going to miss this show so much, and with everything going on right now, I honestly don’t know how things are going to wrap up–do you?


We pick up where we left off, with Silver still reeling over the loss of Madi. All the pirates and slaves are more than ready to start the revolution, and Flint is ready to do so with them. He proposes to gain more slaves in Barbados, and then sack Boston of all places? Which seems entirely too ambitious, and Julius, the leader of the other slave rebellion, agrees. He thinks everyone else is a fool to follow Flint. While Madi’s mother tries to convince Julius otherwise, he still disagrees–things must start small and slow. That is the only way to gain anything lasting. Honestly, given how everything goes every time the pirates try something bombastic, who is to say he is wrong?

Silver, however, sees any worth to Madi’s death slipping away and has a breakdown, threatening the tenuous truce that exists between the pirates and the slaves. Flint tries to help as much as he can, reminding him how hard it was for him to deal with his own grief. Still, I really don’t trust Flint in this–he has his own motives, and his motives aren’t pure.


Meanwhile, in the American Colonies, we see Rackham dealing with Anne Bonny’s injuries. She’s still confused over Max’s behavior, unsure what it all means–it’s clear that the fight she went through to save everyone took so much of her own fight out of her. It’s also so incredibly clear how much Rackham loves her. Max comes down to announce they have landed in Philadelphia, and that it is time to speak with Governor Guthrie, Eleanor’s grandfather. Not trusting Max, Rackham goes alone.


Once at the residence, a pretty woman asks Rackham if he’s from Nassau. She speaks of rumors of how amazing he is to him (without knowing who he is, of course), and his reaction is truly adorable. She speaks of Vane as well, which allows Rackham to speak warmly of him.  Sadly, she only wants to speak about salacious rumors as those are better than the ‘truth’, which disgusts him. He tells her she’s better off reading books–which impresses some old woman nearby. But more on that, later.


Rackham sees Guthrie, and starts spinning the truth–that Eleanor is dead, that Rogers has a hand in all of it. That Guthrie could gain not only revenge, but all of Nassau, if he only went in with Rackham. However, he says no to all of it, much to Rackham’s dismay. He walks out dejected, but an old woman speaks to him–the same woman who liked what he said, earlier.

It’s Eleanor’s grandmother–who is willing to talk. She explains where he went wrong in his talk–he spoke in front of all of Guthrie’s friends, who want to see him as ‘respectable’, but at the same time, the Governor would be a fool to pass up such an opportunity. She reveals that she helps run the business, and she is interested in what Rackham proposes. She wishes for a second meeting, and for that one, Rackham brings Max. This is what I’ve always loved about Rackham, frankly. He is not a fighter, but a thinker, a speaker. He knows how to calculate, and to put petty squabbles aside to get the correct outcome, without bloodshed. Just as he is doing, right now.


Max ends up making an excellent impression on Grandma Guthrie–it’s clear how far she’s come since the beginning of the show. She has both compassion and logic on display, especially in this conversation. It works, and makes it clear that to win Nassau one must break the current cycle–and they are the ones to do so.


Once back on the ship, Anne asks what is going on, and Rackham explains–Grandma Guthrie has agreed to the proposal, but Flint has to die to get her full support. He says he is doing this for them, no one else. It started with them, it should end with them. It’s clear that Rackham feels like he’s committing suicide by accepting this mission, but what else can he do? Nothing. So he puts Anne in Max’s care, and sets off, ready to try and end Flint’s life–the lover trying to win against the fighter.


On Nassau, Rogers is mourning the loss of Eleanor, as I think we all are. While I knew she was going to have to die at some point, I dislike that she went out to further the pain of another man, and again her entire world was dictated by men. Rogers learns about his unborn child now, as well, to compound on his own sad little man-tragedy.


To break up this mess, we find out that Billy has been captured by the British, and is ready to make dealings. It’s sad to see how far he’s fallen, but he feels so utterly and completely betrayed by all of his men. At this point, all he wants is revenge. And how can he gain that? Well–he knows that Madi is actually alive, being held with other slaves. And to hold and use Madi, is to separate and put Silver and Flint at one another’s throats.


Rogers sees the use in this, as well, and sends word to Silver that Madi is alive. If Silver doesn’t deliver the gold to Rogers, Madi will die. That money, however, is important to their current cause, so Flint feels that the war is more important than one life–Silver, of course, disagrees. So the break is occurring, just as Billy predicted.


Flint tries to reason with Silver, and says that instead of giving Rogers the money, they will go free Madi on their own. Silver goes along with it, but we find out that when they are on the ship, Silver dug up the gold against orders. If things go bad, if Flint’s plan fails, Silver will provide the money for Madi’s life, regardless if he has to kill Flint or not to do so.


So…well. All the seeds are sown. Three people want Flint dead, and this time, I really don’t see how he will be getting out of this.

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