The hunt for Grimaud continues in The Musketeers Season 3: Episode 7 and Athos is put in a dangerous position. Check out our review of "Fool's Gold" below!
"Fool's Gold" may not have reached the lofty heights of its predecessor, but it was another solid outing for The Musketeers with some very nice character moments. The Musketeers were on the hunt for Grimaud this week following the murder of Governor Feron in The Musketeers Season 3: Episode 6, but he continues to elude them. While this week's story didn't push us much further toward our endgame, it did wonderful things for the character development of Porthos and Louis, and both Howard Charles and Ryan Gage gave a fantastic showing this week.
Back in Episode 6, D'Artagnan had a heart-to-heart talk about what they wanted from life and why they didn't want to die, and while D'Artagnan wanted a family with Constance and wanted to watch their children grow up, the family life didn't enter the equation for Porthos. In "Fool's Gold", however, we see him reconsider that view, as he begins to fall for Elodie, a skilled archer at the community the musketeers visited. While their relationship began as one of respect, it was clear that their was love between them, and the fact that Porthos offered to abandon his hunt for Grimaud in order to help her raise the child showed how much Porthos cared for her. Add to that Porthos revealing to her the secret he hasn't even told his closest friends, it's both heartwarming that Porthos has found someone he's at one with, and heartbreaking that he leaves her to serve France.
Another interesting relationship this episode is the one that's been fraught with difficult the whole season, the one between King Louis and Queen Anne. After Aramis' confession in Episode 6, Anne is finally honest with the king and reveals all. Louis still refuses to speak to her at first, of course, but in a shocking turn of events and some real character development, Louis actually listens to Treville's counsel. It's nice to see Treville point out the hypocrisy and double standards in society where kings are permitted to keep mistresses but not vice versa, and while the king often acts like a petulant child, it's telling that he listens to Treville on this matter so important to him, even though he often treats the minister badly. While Anne and Louis aren't back to the way they were, they are now at least more united, though the true parentage of the dauphin is clearly still a sore subject.
The plot of the episode was fairly straightforward - the musketeers help defend a village from deserters who want to take back their gold - but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Even with some predictable plot points (we saw the mother twist coming), there was some nice misdirection with which woman was hiding Grimaud's whereabouts from our intrepid heroes. Although that being said - doesn't Grimaud's mother look, well, a little too young to be his mother? They look the same age!
If there was one important thing to take from this episode though, it was that Athos is getting dangerously reckless. His wound from his last encounter with Grimaud didn't look too pretty, and this time round he nearly dies because he pushes himself too far and ends up getting poisoned. It's highly likely that somebody is going to die in The Musketeers season finale, and our money is on Athos. Either that, or his recklessness to capture Grimaud will lead to the unnecessary death of one of his comrades. For further reviews on The Musketeers, click the green subscribe button below. And if you need a refresher on what happened at the beginning of the season, check out our review for The Musketeers Season 3: Episode 2. What did you think of the episode?