A Discovery of Witches 2×03 saw Diana Bishop turning into a literal tree while Matthew displayed various sides of himself. It was an episode that showed each character’s strengths while bringing them to the cusp of being taken over by who they are as creatures of this world. Also, they both reminded us how ride or die they are for each other and those in their lives.
Diana turning into a tree…was an unexpected yet welcome experience. She has so much power flowing through her. And if this is what she can do, with a little bit of support and training, I can’t even imagine what she’ll do next. And this isn’t even taking into consideration what she did back in season one. That was some top level shit there and Diana did it with ease. With time, she will give those who are after her, a real reason to fear her and what she will do for herself and those around her.
Watching Diana reach towards her full potential was also painful to watch. When that tear ran down her cheek, I felt her pain. She’s happy, who wouldn’t be after connecting with your power in such a raw way. But she is learning things that she could’ve learned ages ago if it weren’t for greedy witches who would steal her power away. Now she has to go through a crash course of witch training that won’t be enough for what’s to come and we fear she might not be able to control it when the time comes to confront her past.
Then there’s Matthew. We saw all sides of him in this episode. There was dad Matthew who scared away all of Jack’s fears. There was shadow Matthew who was smooth AF to the Queen. There was partner Matthew when he was standing by Diana’s side and supporting her. Then there was scary Matthew who first stalked into Kit’s room like a predator looking for answers. His second visit to Kit was….unhinged to say the least, and showed a glimpse of Matthew without Diana. It wasn’t pretty.
It was like looking through a window and seeing the raw potential inside of Matthew if he gave in to the rage that simmers below the surface. And like Diana’s power, it’s utterly terrifying. With Matthew having lived so long we have to wonder if he’s ever felt this close to losing it before. He’s only had Diana for a short amount of time. Maybe he’s just straight up lost it before and doesn’t remember. They are 400 years in the past and he doesn’t remember the kind of vampire he used to be. One can only imagine what else is hiding in all those years.
On a final, and more light note, we’re gonna talk about Jack. Diana and Matthew have known him for 3.5 seconds on A Discovery of Witches and they’ve already welcomed him into the family. We shouldn’t be surprised because Diana and Matthew barely know each other and they are now ride or die. They saved this kid from the streets and now he has a home with them. Matthew makes his nightmares go away and Diana provides for him. They are his family. They chose him. And there’s nothing that can change that.
We can get behind how unconventional they all are and how they somehow still fit together. In a way they’re an even bigger threat now, taking on a human child as their own. They really accept anyone that comes their way no matter the kind of creature. Also, we’ve got mad love for Diana and Matthew posing for portraits so Jack could have something to remember them by when they’re off in France. That’s love, dedication, and a promise that they’ll be back.
A Discovery of Witches airs Saturdays on Sundance Now and Shudder.