Loyals, how are you holding up? That season finale turned everything we thought we knew about a lot of characters on its head.
“It’s time.” That’s the line that starts this episode. Helena was letting her eldest son know that the time has arrived for him to become the next great King of England. Robert, all decked out in his royal gear, glances at his beloved and mysterious hourglass, which launches us into a flashback. A rather young Robert is playing a game of chess, or the game of kings, with his father. (Yes, we get to see Simon again in this episode!) Simon says that you can learn a lot about a man from the way he plays chess. Oh, do we.
After the flashback ends, we start to deal with the events that lead up to the coronation. Robert is getting a fitting and watching the news celebrate his victory. But he’s not the only one watching. Cyrus’ double is, too, and for some reason that I still can’t seem to figure out, decides to shoot himself. Cyrus nonchalantly walks in as if this has happened a million times before. He even says, “It happened again.” Is this a normal occurrence? Anyway, Cyrus wishes his identical double a swell time in the afterlife by saying, “Safe passage, you beautiful bastard.”
Kathryn and Angie are having a casual morning doing some yoga, which Angie is not a fan of, when Angie brings up the elephant in the room. Angie is not happy about not being invited to the coronation. She thinks her sister is good enough to be queen and she thinks they deserve an invitation because Kathryn is dating him. Angie also brings up the fact that Kathryn hasn’t seen or heard from Robert since the Privy Council made its decision. Kathryn has hope that Robert will not let her down.
At the start of the episode, Eleanor seems to be packing everything she owns for her business trip with Sebastian. Sara Alice has even packed herself in one of Eleanor’s bags becasue she’s sad that Eleanor is leaving. When Sebastian comes to check in on the packing process, he lets it slip that Robert invited him to the People’s Gala…for Eleanor. Obviously Eleanor can’t let that go and later confront Robert about it. She finds him moving Simon’s portrait to a museum so he can inspire all people instead of just the family, but I don’t buy that. Robert insists that he invited Sebastian to get her mind off of Jasper, to get her to spend time with someone “kind and drama free.” He also tells her that he hired Jasper because he’s the best and Robert wants to keep an eye on him. When he asks about where his sister and Jasper stand, Eleanor tells her oldest brother how she poured her heart out to him and he never said anything. Robert asks whether he got the letter or not, and Eleanor says that he did; he’s just being guarded Jasper. Robert tries to reassure his sister by saying, “Maybe it’s better that you’re apart.” Eleanor agrees with him but still checks the hollowed-out book in the library to find it still hollow.
Liam puts on his detective hat at the start of the episode, determined to figure out anything about what his brother has been saying is true. Liam investigates the island and comes back to Robert with Robert’s flight helmet. At this point, Liam has found out that the boat passed Robert multiple times and Robert did NOT jump at the first chance to come home. Robert lists many reasons as to why he didn’t do so. Then Robert starts throwing out some really inappropriate accusations like Liam killed Simon because he didn’t do anything to stop it. Of course a fight breaks out, because that’s all these brothers do now. Jasper steps in on his new boss’ side. Surely that was weird for Liam to see his friend siding with his brother. Robert also doesn’t miss the chance to flaunt his newly-appointed authority in Liam’s face by reminding him that he is the new King of England. Shortly after that William Moseley had the opportunity to drop the show’s first f-bomb. It was every bit of fantastic that you could imagine.
This leads us into another short flashback of young Robert playing yet another match of chess with his father. Simon tells his son, “Never underestimate the value of your pawns.” This line was an obviously ploy to get through Robert’s very thick skull, but as we can see it didn’t work well. Young Robert and older Robert seem to think that the only piece that matters is the King.
Eleanor goes to tell her mother how sorry she is about Jack. Helena tries to downplay the whole situation. Eleanor immediately shuts that down, because the situation is serious and sad. Helena could have been on that plane had she gone with Jack. On Eleanor’s way out, Helena stops her to say, “Len, live your life. Chase whatever makes your heart race.” Eleanor responds, “I will.” All of the scenes between those two astounding characters have made me so emotional since the pilot.
Robert is already making plans for his new room, taking measurements while Cyrus is still living in it. Cyrus is obviously appalled by this and thinks he is being put on the curb already. Robert says there is a way for Cyrus to stay in the palace by telling him, “Find a purpose, dear uncle. Otherwise, you’re gone.” Harsh, Robert.
There’s also a really great blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment with Jasper and Rosie in this episode. Jasper is gazing very sadly at all of Eleanor’s packed bags, and Rosie questions him for being in the princess’s room and demands he leaves. Just as Jasper is passing her she says, “Safety’s off this time.” AMAZING.
Liam isn’t letting his theories about Robert go. He drags his sister into his room hoping that she’ll be on his side. Liam has some weird conspiracy theory that Robert isn’t really Robert. I’m still a little confused about all of that, and Eleanor was too. Eleanor tells her brother that she’s okay with being a spare because her and Liam have always been spares. The crown was never meant for them, and maybe it’s time that Liam starts accepting that. She also has the perfect line of, “You’re acting like Cyrus, so get your shit together.”
After Angie shoots a text to Liam, he shows up at Kathryn’s door. Kathryn expresses how disappointed she is about Robert not being around as much as she thought he would. Liam says that he’ll talk to Robert and he does, because Liam would do anything for Kathryn. He tells his brother to be good to her. Robert is still not sure as to why Liam cares so much about Kathryn and Robert’s relationship with her. But all will play out by the end of the episode.
Jasper finds a depressed Sara Alice laying on her father’s desk. Jasper and Sara Alice share the same reason for their sadness: the princess is leaving. Sara Alice reveals that she’s losing hope in that the happily ever after that exists in storybooks really exists in real life. Jasper makes her promise him that she’ll always believe in happily ever after. Sara Alice then, very bluntly, asks Jasper if he loves the princess. Of course he does. Sara Alice suggests that he hurry up and tell her that. The camera pulls back to show that Rosie had been listening to their conversation.
Helena is starting to question what happened Jack. The first person on her suspect list is Cyrus. She asks him whether he was the one who ensured Jack’s plane was crashed or not. He maintains his innocence. Cyrus also lets Helena know that he is going to take all of the attention away from the coronation by killing himself. Then the two start exchanging their usual death threats. Ah, family. After their interaction Helena sneaks off to Paris to have a quick memorial for Jack. #LetHelenaBeHappy
Since Sara Alice has promised to believe in happily ever after, she gives Jasper and Eleanor’s happily ever after a little nudge by sneaking into the security room to get the storybook she made with Jasper. Upon entering Eleanor’s room, book in hand, Sara Alice is finally met with the princess she has been waiting to see in Eleanor, the one that resembles a princess from a storybook. Eleanor has the fancy dress (that she had to try on before the coronation) AND the glass slippers. Sara Alice was in awe. “Glass slippers. Just for you,” Eleanor tells Sara Alice with the biggest smile.
The two sit down with the book as Sara Alice explains that Jasper was too sad to give it to Eleanor on Christmas. Sara Alice reads a line from the story, “So Alice told Frosty to make the Princess happy,” and then asks Eleanor if she likes it. Eleanor can’t keep the smile off of her face while thanking Sara Alice for bringing it to her. Sara Alice leaves Eleanor to read the storybook. Even though I am super confused and mad at Jasper at the moment, this scene was crazy emotional. As Eleanor flips the pages and reads the story of what is meant to be her happily ever after, she is reminded of all of the big and small moments she has shared with Jasper. The flashbacks did me in, I was a mess.
Right before we meet up with Robert and Willow, there is another quick scene with Cyrus getting a call from his doctor. Cyrus won’t be answering his calls anymore because Cyrus launches his phone into the fire. Robert isn’t doing something as destructive at the moment. He’s looking at the empty space where his father’s portrait used to be. That brings us to another small flashback of a young Robert trying to perfect his chess playing outside in a HUGE storm. I have a feeling that young Robert got a really bad cold after that match. We are taken out of the flashback as Willow approaches the soon-to-be king. He hands her the envelope containing the list of potential queens. He also makes it very clear that he put his first pick at the top. Side note: I’m still rooting for these two. Their banter is my favorite. Sorry, not sorry.
After hearing Jasper’s true feelings about Eleanor, Rosie “steps aside” and let’s him go talk to Eleanor. Eleanor tells him that she doesn’t want to talk to him and that she’s leaving soon. Jasper says that it’s good she’s doing something that makes her heart race and that he couldn’t find anything terrible about Sebastian. Jasper then spits out those three little words. Eleanor is instantly taken aback because when she said them in the letter he broke up with her. That’s when Jasper tells her that he never got that letter. If he would’ve known all of that, he would’ve never left. With that Eleanor goes off. Jasper can’t help but to laugh. When Eleanor asks him how he could laugh at a time like this, he responds, “Because you look like a princess but you don’t sound like one.” He continues to say a ton of really nice and encouraging things, like he wants her to be the person she wants to be. Eleanor very honestly says that she walked through fire to be with him and she can’t do it again. Jasper doesn’t want to hold her back but he also doesn’t want her to let go of what they have…not yet. Rosie barges in to alert Jasper that Robert is sneaking out, so Jasper ends his “grand gesture” by saying, “You’re my girl, princess. And I’m going to love you no matter what.” Oh, and a kiss on the cheek. The kiss on the cheek is very important.
One of my favorite scenes in this episode was the one between Helena and Liam. Liam comes to his mother to let her know that he won’t be attending the coronation. Helena has had it with Liam, especially when Liam says that he believes that Robert could’ve helped save Simon if he had come back sooner. Helena tells her son that he needs to do what’s right in this situation, get over not having the crown and move on. An argument breaks out and Liam brings up the fact that things could’ve been different had Helena not cheat on her husband. Helena slaps Liam, bringing me back to the time when she slapped him in the limo in the very first episode. Liam sternly tells his mother, “I hope you’re right about Robert. Because he’s the only son you’re going to have when this is over.”
Robert finally goes to see Kathryn. They sleep together, seeming to be a very happy couple. Well don’t hold your breath. Robert tells Kathryn how she was the one who bright him back, how she was the one he saw. Kathryn wraps her arm around him, obviously happy to be having this moment with the man she loves. Robert then says, “It’s going to be difficult never seeing you again,” and LEAVES. He just walks out!
Right before the coronation, there is a nice moment between Sebastian and Eleanor where Sebastian employs Eleanor to make her decision about the trip with herself in mind. He wants her to forget all the other people she’s always keeping in mind and do something for herself.
“It’s time.” We are finally back at that moment. And just like the first time, it takes us back to another chess flashback, except in this one Robert is nearly the same age as he is now. Simon looks the way he did when we last saw him alive. This flashback takes place right before Robert left I assume. Simon talks about how Liam has heart, will and determination and how Robert lacks all of the things you can’t teach a great king. Simon tells his eldest son that he is disbanding the monarchy. No matter how much Simon loves Robert he telling him, “You will never make a great king.” Think about that for a second. Simon didn’t want to disband the monarchy because of his family’s misdeeds. Simon wanted to disband the monarchy to keep Robert off of the throne. WOW.
On the other side of that flashback, Liam confronts his brother seconds before the coronation. Robert holds his ground and says that Liam will always be the same person. Then there is a montage of Liam/Kathryn/Robert scenes that take us back to the night Liam and Eleanor found out that they were Simon’s children. Remember that? Liam went to share the news with Kathryn, he promised things would be different for them and they kissed. Well guess who saw all of that. Robert. He knew about his little brother and Kathryn the entire time!
As Robert, Eleanor, and Helena line up to make their entrance, Helena notices that Cyrus, Liam, and Spencer are missing. Even though she knew that Cyrus and Liam weren’t coming, Spencer’s absence was odd. Robert then reveals that he fired Spencer. What is happening?! Why is Robert already being the worst?! That takes us back to that moment with Robert and Kathryn. Kathryn is understandably confused that the man who has said he loves her is now leaving her forever. She thinks there’s a way around all of this. To that, Robert responds, “There may have been a way, but that was lost the moment you slept with my brother.” He then says some awful things that made my skin crawl. He calls her a common-blooded whore in so many words. EW, Robert!
Then there’s a tiny flashback to Willow opening the envelope to see her name at the top of Robert’s list. Back at the coronation, Robert walks out on to the balcony, makes eye contact with Willow and smiles. Then there’s a quick flashback to Eleanor putting her Christmas letter to Jasper in the book. Robert comes out of a secret tunnel to take snag the letter, toss it in the fire and call Jasper’s father to contact the reporter. After we learn all of that information that makes us super mad at Robert we have to watch him be crowned. Man, that was hard pill to swallow. But have hope.
Before we learned all of that information, there’s a moment where we see Cyrus loading his gun. Just when you think it’s happening, that Cyrus is actually going to kill himself, Liam enters Cyrus’ room. Good thing for that too, because I have grown to be a fan of hating Cyrus while simultaneously hating him. I’m also thrilled that we get to keep Jake Maskall around for another season. Liam says, “I need your help,” with a determined look on his face. Cyrus invites him in. The last shot of the episode is Liam closing Cyrus’ bedroom door. I think we are about to be witness to a pretty insane and epic team-up.
Some bits and bobs from this week’s episode of The Royals:
- I’m begging for some more Willow and Rosie next season.
- This episode was seriously lacking some James Hill.
- The gowns in this episode were GORGEOUS.
- Of course, like always, the music killed.
- Someone must’ve been listening to my plea, becasue Sara Alice made her grand return in this finale.
The Royals will return for season 4! Stay tuned for all of the details about that!