09 January 2021 20:33
The second season of the British fantasy television series "A Discovery of Witches," airing on AMC, finds the protagonists time-traveling from the present into the late 1500s. The time displacement illustrates once again that the fantasy genre finds it easier to imagine vampires and witches in the past than Black people. Based on Deborah Harkness' 2011 novel, "A Discovery of Witches" is set in a world where magical creatures are real, but hide themselves from most humans. Clearly inspired by Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," the story focuses on a romance between witch Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) and vampire Matthew de Clairmont (Matthew Goode). Diana is an American historian of alchemy, and a powerful but untrained witch who has spent her life trying to deny her magical legacy following the death of her parents.
Under siege, Diana discovers she can time walk into the past, and she and Matthew head for the 16th century to find someone who can teach her to control her magic, and to try to relocate the "Book of Life." Since there are few Black characters on screen, this means that the show can feel like a parable about racial discrimination — but featuring white people. Teresa Palmer opens up about the future of A Discovery of Witches The Sky One drama is based on the novel trilogy of the same name A Discovery of Witches star Teresa Palmer has opened up about the show's future and whether a season four could be on the cards. The Sky fantasy drama, which has just released its second series and is currently filming its third, is based on the trilogy of novels All Souls written by Deborah Harkness. ahead of season two's release this weekend, Teresa explained: "I mean you never know, there isn't another book that's been written for Matthew and Diana, but Deborah Harkness she's always coming up with ideas and stories so... Discovery of Witches season two continues on Sky One on Friday at 9pm.
In the season 1 finale, the drama surrounding Matthew and Diana's forbidden romance and the hunt for Ashmole 782 finally came to a head as the couple decided that timewalking was the only way to buy them more time against the looming threat of the Congregation. As their witch, demon, and vampire friends and family scattered for the sake of their own safety, the final moments of the episode found Matthew and Diana on the verge of stepping into the past just as Peter Knox, Satu, and Gerbert arrived. Keep reading to find out what happened in the first episode of the second season of A Discovery of Witches. The season premiere picks up just moments after the last episode, with Knox, Satu, and Gerbert standing in Diana's room trying to figure out where she and Matthew have disappeared to. As Matthew attempts to figure out where the rest of the house's inhabitants are, a man approaches Diana and demands to know who she is.
Francoise enters the room, concerned, and Diana quickly tells that she already knew Matthew was Catholic. Francoise still doesn't seem entirely convinced that she hasn't bewitched Matthew, but Diana reassures her that she won't tell a soul what she saw up there. Matthew returns home to find Diana sitting at the desk in the regular room in the attic. The next day, Kit, Walter, and Henry have found Diana's witch — Susanna Norman. The woman sits down at the table with Diana, touching her forehead and quickly stating that she is not a witch. Scared, the woman quickly leaves, and she tells Diana that power like hers is why witches are being hunted in Scotland. She asks Jack if he's heard anything about her before that day, and he tells them that people have been saying that she's a witch. Diana tries to break the two of them up as Kit tries to explain things from his perspective — Matthew returned from Scotland married to a witch with no word of an explanation, and he's not himself. Diana goes on to explain to Kit that she's a time spinner — timewalker — and they've both come from the future. Matthew tells Kit that he can either be his friend and accept both of them, or he can leave the house and never come back. Diana wakes up unable to find Matthew, and Kit informs her that he's gone out. As she also did in the novel that this season is based on, Diana seems to have caught on quite early that Kit cares for Matthew beyond that of a friend. The highly anticipated second season of A Discovery of Witches is off to a compelling and alluring start. We've truly stepped into an entirely new world in season 2, and it will be interesting to see how Matthew continues to reorient himself as Diana adapts to her new surroundings. Episode 2 of the second season of A Discovery of Witches will be available on Sundance Now, AMC+, and Shudder on Saturday, January 16.