17 July 2020 22:34
New Netflix drama Cursed offers a very different take on Arthurian mythology, shifting the focus of the story to Katherine Langford's Nimue (aka the future Lady of the Lake) and the persecution of her people at the hands of the evil Red Paladins. And by the conclusion of season one's 10-episode run viewers are left with a pretty big cliffhanger as the fantasy drama (created by Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller from their book of the same name) reveals some pretty huge plot twists, shocking deaths and a very uncertain ending. Get Netflix and on demand news and recommendations direct to your inbox Sign up to receive our newsletter! Sign up to get alerts on Netflix and on demand services and receive TV and entertainment email newsletters from our award-winning editorial team. Obviously, major spoilers for Cursed season one are below from hereon out, so look away now if you haven't watched it yet… Morgana (Shalom Brune-Franklin), after confronting the death-dealing spirit The Widow has taken on the mysterious creature's role, becoming the new Widow and helping Nimue (Katherine Langford) finally kill Red Paladin leader Father Carden (Peter Mullan) in the middle of the Red Paladin camp.
Unsurprisingly, this didn't go down especially well with the remaining Red Paladins, so Nimue and Morgana fled with an injured Merlin (Gustav Skarsgård) to a stone ridge over a waterfall – but they were followed there by wannabe Red Paladin Iris (Emily Coates), who put her newly-honed archery skills to work and shot Nimue full of arrows. Despite Merlin's best efforts, the mortally wounded Nimue fell from the ridge into the water below, finally inspiring the wizard to take hold of Excalibur, reconnect to his long-lost magic and rain deadly lightning down on Iris and the other Red Paladins. "The most difficult scene to film was the climax of episode 10," Skarsgård told RadioTimes.com. "Luckily we spent a lot of time to get it right. Following this display of magic, Merlin teleports himself and Morgana away, leaving Nimue in the water below and Iris scarred.
After earlier episodes revealed new takes on Morgana, Arthur, Gawain and many other classic Arthurian figures, the second-to-last scene of the season finale reveals a couple more key figures in disguise. Well, he was bound to turn up sooner or later – and actor Sharman says that this unusual take on the most legendary of King Arthur's Knights was one of the main things that drew him to the series. "Having this arc, this incredible reveal, this incredible point to get to at the end – I think that was a really interesting project for me," Sharman told RadioTimes.com. "Because I really wanted to know how anyone could get to the point of being a killer, and then how anybody could be redeemed from something like that. I've got 10 episodes, I've got this many scenes to tell an entire story to reveal an internal battle that's gone on for years and years and years. "And that's a really cool challenge as an actor – that's a great challenge to approach and be like 'right – I've got this many scenes to tell this person's internal story.'" What happens in the final scene of Cursed? Following the Lancelot scene, we rejoin Iris as she's rewarded for her assassination of "the Wolfblood Witch" by induction into the Trinity, the elite warriors glimpsed earlier in the series who are a part of the holy war against magic. Given that she's the main character and it'd be difficult to have a season two without her, we'd vote yes. Will there be a Cursed season 2? While another season is currently unconfirmed, Cursed co-creator Frank Miller hinted to RadioTimes.com and other press that new location scouts were currently being planned for another run of episodes, suggesting that season two is probably in the works. And star Gustav Skarsgård says there's definitely plenty for new episodes to explore. "I just hope that we would see a second season," he told RadioTimes.com. Episode 10 leaves us with a massive cliffhanger, and I just want to know what happens next." Cursed actor Devon Terrell has opened up about the "terrifying" challenge he faced on the set of the new Netflix series. The new series is a retelling of Arthurian legend and follows the magical being Nimue (Katherine Langford), a young woman with a mysterious gift whose destiny is to become the Lady of the Lake. Terrell takes on the role of King Arthur on the show, and admitted to Digital Spy that the most challenging thing about his involvement was the "endurance" of the role. Mentally, where is my character right now? "Because, at points, we'll be shooting episodes one and six, all within the same kind of period of time. So you're thinking to yourself, 'Oh, I really like how I'm playing episode one, but why am I playing the same character in episode six? "You never, as an actor, think you've gotten it right. Related: Cursed season 2 on Netflix: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know Terrell went on to describe it as "a super physical role", though explained that he wanted to show 'the beginning of him maturing' as he is at the start of his journey. "I remember talking to [showrunner] Tom Wheeler and being like, 'What kind of body type do we want to go for?' He was like, 'Whatever you feel comfortable with. "But I'm very much a physical actor, so I had to get into that process first of, physically, what does it feel like in this person's body? "So there was horse training – which was tiring on the legs – and then a lot of sword-fighting… They wanted us to be in this kind of shape that we couldn't get injured during the process – because there's a lot of running through forests, and fighting people at random. "And mentally, it's very much a process of reading a lot on the myths around King Arthur. I just wanted to always identify 'who was the person?' rather than trying to identify 'how do I show people he's going to become king?' Cursed is available to stream on Netflix now. Head over to our Facebook Group to see new picks every day, and chat with other readers about what they're watching right now. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.