We return to the load one more week! Following the previous episode, Chapelwaite 1×08 “Hold the Night” begins to lay the groundwork for the season finale as Rebecca and Charles get closer than ever. Time for review!
Here we go!
Rebecca and Charles are killing me! I mean, why don’t they kiss already? I’m tempted to grab their heads and force them together… or lock them in a room to avoid being interrupted. Because that moment almost happened in Chapelwaite 1×08 “Hold the Night.” They were there, right there… but they were interrupted and I seriously thought about killing whoever did it. Why? We fight for that kiss and we deserve it!
But before drawing the weapons, let’s start at the beginning of Chapelwaite 1×08 “Hold the Night.” Rebecca plans to move in with her family once this nightmare ends. She promised herself long ago but, if she did, why does she feel wrong now? Why doesn’t she feel like doing it? Why does Rebecca feel like she’s leaving her heart there? Because she really is. Without realizing it, she fell in love with Charles and that family is her family. She can’t imagine leaving without them.
So she wants to ask Charles that he and his children go with her, start a new life…together. But she doesn’t dare to do it because she fears too much a rejection from his part, it would be too painful for her. So Rebecca does the following best: she hints at him. She tosses the idea into the air, leaves it floating for a while, waiting… waiting for him to say something.
When he does, Rebecca feels relieved and frustrated at the same time. He didn’t say no to her, he didn’t reject her, he didn’t reject them … but he didn’t accept either. He believes that he should stay there for some stupid duty but, for once, she wants him not to think about others, not to think about what he should do, but to think about what he wants to do. Let him put him first, let him choose himself, let him choose them.
It is then that she becomes closer to Charles than she ever dared to do. Now they are so close that their hands and arms touch, so close that their lips can touch if they just lean … and with this gesture Rebecca is making it clear to Charles that she is no stranger to what is happening between them and when Charles stays by her side, holding her tight and doesn’t move away, making it clear that he feels it too.
And just then, just when they are about to take the step and dare to touch their lips for the first time … someone enters and breaks the stillness, the magic of the moment. But the best thing about this kind of magic is that it never goes away, so we can’t wait to experience an equally unique moment with these two.
I have to confess that I was quite scared with the Minister in Chapelwaite 1×08 “Hold the Night.” His faith in God seems to have evaporated but that is normal considering everything that happened. He just lost someone he loved amidst a world of vampires, the undead, and cursed books. He’s understandably wondering where God is in all of this and why He allows this to happen.
So the Minister rethinks his entire belief system, his entire life. He’s in a vulnerable moment right now and nobody knows how to take advantage of that like Jakub’s “family.” Charles and the rest are trying to prevent Jakub and his army from getting hold of that book and the Minister was about to deliver it to them on a silver platter.
Part of me wanted to shake him for being so stupid and another part of me wanted to comfort him because he is really lost and… empty. Almost as if he was no longer there and his body was just an empty shell. He makes my hair stand on end.
The end of Chapelwaite 1×08 “Hold the Night” leaves us with our hearts in a fist. Until now, Charles thought that when all this nightmare was over, he would get Loa, his little girl, back, and his family would be whole again. But at the end of this episode he realizes that Loa is gone and he will never be able to get her back. The little girl that he sees, that talks to him, that manipulates her brother… is not Loa. It is something else. But it’s not her.
Everyone wants her to be, including Tane. When he looked at her, he saw her older sister, the same one who hugged him when he needed her or protected him, he saw his family, that’s why he trusted her, but the truth is that Loa is no longer there with them. And now Charles knows. He must accept that he lost her daughter and try not to forget it when he confronts her again. Whether he wants to accept it or not, if he forgets it, he and the rest of his family are lost.
And my heart breaks for Charles. He loves his daughter and to accept that she is gone, especially when he can see how physically she is still alive it’s… it’s the worst that a father could suffer. He doesn’t deserve this, neither does.
PS: I loved the scene between Honor and Charles. He’s so proud of her, she’s a strong young woman, determined, brave and willing to protect those she loves with everything she has. And I loved the way that Charles is not the typical misogynist of his time and not only gives Honor a gun, but he relies on her to protect everyone. And fights scenes were EPICS.
Here ends our review of Chapelwaite 1×08 “Hold the Night.” We will be back soon with the review of episode 1×09. Stay tuned!