Britannia Ending Explained: In the final episode of Jez Butterworth’s foul-mouthed historical drama, there was no room for subtlety or complexity, and the result was appropriately insane. But does it provide sufficient justification for a second series?
Cait’s “extremely important voyage” appeared to have come to an abrupt end last Thursday when we found her swinging from a tree, as we had previously stated. Divis was likewise last spotted floating face down in the river, surrounded by stab-holes, when he was last seen.
Aulus has set his sights on Kerra and her tribe, who are currently on the verge of declaring war on the Regni. In addition, they haven’t eaten anything for dinner. “The gods don’t deal, Rome,” we are reminded of Veran’s famous line. In case we weren’t clear on who was truly in charge here, we should know that “the gods don’t deal.”
He may have arrived at Cait just in time for the youngster is laying on the ground tied up while Hella sits nearby and consumes some food. After telling Cait that she is about to be killed, Hella saddles up and gallops away, we assume to Aulus, where she will be rewarded for her efforts.
Since Lucius’s sudden departure last week, Vitus has been elevated to the position of prefect. Antedia is dissatisfied that “beautiful boy” isn’t present for their negotiations, as he had clearly intended to “close the deal” with him after their discussions were completed.
Antedia follows Aulus to the peak of the hill, where he demonstrates the magnitude of his army to her. Even she appears to be impressed, adding, “It’ll do,” with a sliver of a smile flickering on her blue lips as she says, “It’ll do.” “I’d love to see Copper-face knob’s right now,” she says with a grin. Copper-knob is definitely alarmed by the sight of tens of thousands of warriors approaching her castle, but she dismisses Amena’s accusations that Lindon was responsible for the grain store’s destruction.
During this time, Divis manages to pull off the greatest coup of the series by floating downriver directly into the path of a bear. While half-dead himself, he snatches the creature, kills it, and uses its teeth and guts to fashion an impromptu surgery kit, suturing his own severe knife wounds before wandering off in the direction of the druid camp, having inquired of Big Pebble as to which way to travel.
Hella sells Cait to the druids in exchange for a bag of cash and then disappears into the woods, saying only, “I’m bored now.” I had a soft spot for her. As a result, Kerra insists on going alone to meet with Aulus, which proves to be a mistake as the latter grabs her knife and stabs her repeatedly before cutting her heart out and tossing it on the fire.
A frightened Cait is unwrapped by Veran who says, “It’s her,” as he breathes in her face. It’s not even worth thinking about what his breath must have smelled like after 10,000 years. He’s enraged to see Divis and won’t tell him how the prophecy ends because he’s angry with him. When asked what will happen next, Veran responds, “You want to know what happens next?” while all of the major actors prepare for battle.