Vampires, and witches, and demons – oh my!!! The season 1 finale of A Discovery of Witches sees a “mini Congregation” of sorts coming together as the vampires (Matthew, Miriam, and Marcus) and demons (Hamish, Nathaniel, and Sophie) join the witches (Diana, Sarah, and Emily) in New York. Juliette confronts Diana and Matthew, with disastrous results Diana makes a bargain to save a life. Baldwin and Satu are both put on trial. Domenico picks a side. Diana and Matthew come up with a plan to hide from the Congregation and Knox. Matthew and Diana test her powers. Matthew gifts Marcus with a new responsibility. Matthew and Diana’s attempts to leave may have been disrupted by Satu, Knox, and Gerbert. Episode ends with a huge cliffhanger.
This is the final episode for 2020; we will resume in 2021 with a review of Wonder Woman 1984, and Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches. To all of our listeners, thank you for joining us this year, and we look forward to the conversations next year. Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!
In S1E7, the penultimate episode for the season brings Matthew and Diana to New York to escape the Congregation. Diana learns the truth about her dormant powers and is given a glimpse of the past. Satu and Knox come to an understanding. Domenico continues to move his pieces around the chess board. Miriam and Marcus arrive in New York to provide extra protection. A ghost offers a new clue about the missing pages from Ashmole 782. Diana and Matthew receive an unwelcome visitor.
In S1E6 of A Discovery of Witches, Satu kidnaps Diana to try to find out the extent of her power. Baldwin and Matthew clash. The de Clermonts work together to locate Diana. Satu uses dark magic and gets more than she bargained for. Diana’s visions help her to escape. Satu finds Gerbert’s enthralled witch and sets her free. Matthew gives Baldwin an ultimatum. Sophie reveals an unbelievable truth to Agatha, to stress the importance of her finding out Diana’s identity. The de Clermont’s figure out the source of Diana’s blocked magic.
Tensions amongst the species are at a boiling point in A Discovery of Witches S1E5. Matthew returns to Oxford, where he discovers that a certain witch has broken into his lab. Ysabeau does everything she can to discourage Diana in her pursuit of Matthew. Hamish gives Matthew some much-needed insight. Ysabeau takes Diana hunting, as Matthew hunts his own prey. We learn more about Matthew’s past, including how he came to be sired by Ysabeau. Chaos continues at the Congregation as all groups have different ideas about what to do about Matthew and Diana. Satu takes matters into her own hands and enters an unlikely partnership, which puts Diana into more danger.
We are at the halfway mark for Season 1 of A Discovery of Witches, and things are happening fast. Matthew and Diana arrive at Sept-Tours, to a less-than-welcome reception. Diana finds out the disturbing truth behind her parents’ deaths. The Congregation is thrown into chaos as Knox’s accusations against Matthew causes conflict for its leader. Sophie’s visions become more clear to Agatha, as she figures out to whom the statue must go to. Knox’s secrets are revealed by unlikely sources, resulting in a different reaction than he’d hoped for. The Congregation delivers a message to Diana, and Matthew sends a response of his own back. As Matthew and Diana’s new bond is put to the test, Diana’s magic begins to reveal itself more and more.
The FHP crew discuss the third episode of A Discovery of Witches, and there’s a LOT to digest. As Diana and Matthew get closer, we learn more about Matthew’s background. Satu visits the Congregation and finds more than she bargained for when she searches the Witches archives for information on Diana. The daemons are finally introduced to the story. Domenico and Gerbert begin to plot against Matthew. Diana and Matthew have dinner, with very mixed results. After a disgusting intimidation tactic, Knox finds himself on the wrong end of Diana’s anger. For Diana’s safety, she and Matthew flee to France, and come to a decision that will lead them into trouble.
Hanako, Anthony, Mike, and Lorrie discuss S1E2 of A Discovery of Witches, in which we all determine that we are absolutely hooked on this show. After realizing the extent of his craving for Diana, Matthew leaves Oxford to try to curb his appetites. The supernatural community takes an increased interest in Diana, and she learns of a betrayal within her small circle. Diana meets someone from her mother’s past, who quickly reveals his determination and motivation for wanting Ashmole 782. Matthew reveals to Diana the importance of the manuscript and how it relates to the work he’s doing. We learn a little about Matthew’s romantic past, and it’s problematic to say the least.
New show alert! The FHP crew have decided on A Discovery of Witches as our next show to cover. This show tells the story of Diana, a reluctant witch whose latent powers uncover a manuscript that could have a huge impact on the supernatural world she has tried to avoid all of her life. Things get even more complicated when she meets Matthew – a charismatic vampire who has been looking for the manuscript for centuries.
The show is based on the “All Souls” trilogy, written by Deborah Harkness and can be found on the Sundance/AMC+ Channels. We will cover all of season 1 as we anticipate the January 9, 2021 release of season 2.