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The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself episode 2 recap – what’s behind Soul?

October 28, 2022

The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself episode 2 recap – what’s behind Soul? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

This recap of The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself season 1, episode 2 contains spoilers.

The last time we saw Nathan in The bastard son and the devil himself episode 1, her caravan was surrounded by hunters from the Fairborn Council of Witches, with no possible exit in sight. It was a pretty cool cliffhanger to leave things on, but it’s resolved almost immediately when the second episode opens. And, in true young adult fantasy style, this is a prophecy.

The prophecy is, essentially, that the wolf’s own blood will kill him. So instead of killing Nathan, Reutger wants the Council to train him and turn him against his father. Nobody likes the idea, from Gran to Nathan to the Council Hunters, who stop their cars while ferrying Nathan to his destination in order to beat him half to death on the side of the road, knowing that his wounds will heal before he gets where he is going.

And are they the good guys?

The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself Episode 2 Recap

So this episode is about training, but not just about Nathan. While kept in solitary confinement to be trained by Ceelia, Jessica joins the next wave of Council cadets and rightfully begins to experience ostracism from others due to her association with Nathan. In a brief chat with Soul, we learn how he will forever be known as the man who allowed the wolf into their home since he was instrumental in bringing about the Wolfhagen Peace Summit. Like Jessica, her past hangs around her neck, and the two seem to have a chip on their shoulder.

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Nathan and Jessica’s training scenes are carefully juxtaposed to evoke, without subtlety, the idea of ​​Jessica shooting her brother. But she has other problems. I don’t want to like Jessica, and I don’t think we’re supposed to, but the new way she possesses Hazel, one of her tormentors in the locker room, by transfiguring into naked versions of her, her boyfriend and his dad, is a fun and mean-spirited sequence. A later conversation about it with a privileged cadet named Kieran also reveals a bit more about Jessica’s psyche and why she has such a chip on her shoulder.

Nathan is even worse. He can’t stop thinking about Annalize, he’s sick of being held prisoner and basically tortured under the guise of training, and he still refuses to be a blood witch in the first place, though no one even seems willing. to consider this possibility. The situation is not ideal, to say the least.

Midway through the second episode, the Hunters and Cadets are summoned to Wales in response to reports of Blood Witch activity and potentially even Marcus. They storm a house and find a decapitated corpse, a woman dying from a suffocation curse, and an attic full of blood and severed body parts belonging to the first team of hunters sent to investigate. It’s a lot of almost inexplicable carnage. At Annalise’s award ceremony, Reutger and Soul discuss it in whispered, vague shifts. Since the victims still had their hearts in their bodies, it doesn’t appear that Marcus himself was there, but Soul is visibly shaken. When he suggests that the Ten should call themselves the Twelve and that he and another, Aoife, carried out the order the Ten gave that makes Marcus so angry and eager for revenge, it becomes clear that the witches Fairborn are hiding something about this conflict. .

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Speaking of Annalise, while she can’t initially figure out what her power will be, it seems to manifest quite by accident when her friend, David, tries it out with her in a car after bowling. She screams his name in anger and something happens to him, almost as if he’s in excruciating pain, and he crashes a car, injuring them both.

The hunters follow the Blood Witches to a cornfield where they move in teams through the tall leaves. There’s a lot of deliberate confusion during the ensuing fight, but what’s very clear is that Jessica comes across Hazel being strangled by a blood witch, her life force seemingly being sucked through her skin and into her mouth. of the singing witch, and watches her smiling as she dies before she shoots the witch. When this is reported to Soul, the loss of a cadet causes him to fear that it is Jessica, which seems odd. When he goes to tell Reutger the good news, he finds her dead, the scene is similar to the one we saw in the magic re-enactment of the previous episode. It seems that the events in Wales were a diversion to make Reutger vulnerable. And it also seems that Marcus now knows about the prophecy and sees Nathan as a threat to him, so more hunters are sent to where he is training to “protect” him.

We also learn that a brief scene we saw at the very beginning of the episode, of a wolf loudly chewing on body parts, was Celia’s vision of the Wolfhagen Peace Massacre, which she witnessed in his childhood. Through her we also learn a bit about how powerful Marcus is, as he can take abilities from any witch he kills, and has already accumulated a few that have given him control of the elements, weather, extremely fast healing, potions… brewing knowledge, and all sorts of other fun stuff. So we know Marcus killing his parents is why she’s so ticked off, but it’s very obvious that she’s starting to care about Nathan.

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The episode ends with Soul and his brother Rowan discussing a book by their father that they found as children – a leather-bound spell book with a symbol on the front that he beat them both. for watching. The soul has kept it, and he intends to use it. But it seems that using it requires him to take down his brother and collect a vial of his blood. With his hand, he draws Marcus’ X symbol on the greenhouse glass in Rowan’s blood.

You can stream The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself season 1, episode 2 exclusively on Netflix.

Further reading:

  • The bastard son and the devil himself season 1 review.
  • The bastard son and the devil himself summary of season 1, episode 3.

The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself episode 2 recap – what’s behind Soul? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.