Carnival Row Review: Kindred Spirits of the Row

The prospect of returning home prompted Black Raven to attack (seemingly) his own people and team up with an unlikely ally.

Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7 sees a deal brokered by Philo with Milworthy, as Fae is sent back to Tirnanok after the Pact backs off.

But, nothing turns out as Vignette and Philo had planned, and more bloodshed ensues in the process.

Vignette and Philo seem romantically committed for good and work together only as a means to an end of repression.

The battle also made significant progress throughout two hours, with the Pact suffering more than expected (don’t underestimate New Dawn).

Vignette Out - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7

Tourmaline’s vision also had a chance of not coming true, with the prospect of returning to Tirnanok becoming her saving grace. If she is not in the place where she dies in his vision, then she will not die, will she?

When the plan to board the ships bound for Tirannok failed, Tourmaline returned to where she belonged: on the roe, awaiting her death.

The only difference is that he got to see Sparsh’s attack in person instead of in a vision. Seeing the murders worsened her mental state as she now knew how violent the murders were for the victims.

He returned the book that Mima had given him of different magic, which he would need to return if he tried to defend himself.

Mima - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7

Mima, once again, felt like a completely underutilized character. She has a great costume, speaking voice and role, but then consistently (for the second time this season) gets a line or two.

Mima’s relationship with Tourmaline could have been improved; It would have been much improved if they had added another scene featuring him and Tourmaline.

Darius and Tourmaline’s friendship continued to grow, and they’re quickly becoming our favorite friends on the show (we’re talking about friends specifically, not romantic interests/friends like Tourmaline and Vignette).

He cared for Tourmaline, as she was the first woman (besides Philo) to show him kindness and compassion.

Their emotional growth as friends has been fantastic to watch this season, and we hope neither dies!

Tourmaline in the Crowd - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7

We know this is (most likely) a long shot, but we don’t want any of the main characters to die. But we learned from the beginning of this season that no one is safe.

The writers managed to keep Vignette and Philo’s relationship (platonic and otherwise) the primary focus of the show, even as the two rock.

Their chemistry has been injected with adrenaline this season, but we worry that one, or both, of them could be dead by the end of the show.

With all this speculation, we still hope for the best and that everyone on The Row can be free and live in peace.

Thankfully the show took some steps towards an epic finale.

Vignette By Candlelight - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7

The show dazzles with these two intense episodes in Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 8.

The episode featured the return of Agrius and Imogen to Berg, but also revealed that the timeline was not entirely linear.

The timeline/storyline merger led to some great, albeit tense, twists for our main characters. We’re excited to see what it might mean for the final two volumes of Carnival Row to bring everyone back in one place.

Imogen and Egruz reluctantly recruit Ezra to join them on their escape mission, but when the Pact attacks Ragusa (the land of The New Dawn), Ezra changes his mind.

He wanted to turn himself and the others over to the Pact, as the Pact and Berg have an alliance, but this was yet another scheme to try and separate the two lovers, as the Pact would quickly kill Agrius.

Ezra Escaping With Imogen and Agrius - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 8

Agrus and Ezra fought, and Imogen decided to involve herself and helped silence Ezra. He then silences Ezra forever as he knocks him out by suffocating him.

While this surprised everyone, even she foresaw that she wanted to kill him on Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 6. We cannot even say that we are deeply saddened by his death. He was an ass.

After the lovebirds are recaptured by New Dawn, he forces them both to return to Berg as New Dawn’s emissaries.

Their return to Berg was forced upon them, as New Dawn wanted to try and broker a peace treaty with Berg (and send a Bergish woman to help their cause).

But part of New Dawn and Leonora’s real plan is revealed at the end of the episode: recruit Black Raven to the rebellion.

Stern Aggressive - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 8

Leonora arrived in secret with them and quickly made her way to find Black Raven. As Black Raven explained why he attacked the ship to Vignette, he hinted at new friends.

The waltzed Leonora was terrific as ever, wanting to recruit the entirety of Black Raven, but specifically, she wanted to recruit the vignette.

Leonora’s sudden appearance makes sense: Black Raven wants to rebel against Berg, and she was fighting the Pact, who were Berg’s allies for a while.

Philo learns similar information and tells Milworthy that New Dawn will not be looking for peace but a complete revolution against his government.

Whatever the real reason, we do know that Leonora and her army are a significant threat.

Philo on the Other Side - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7

There’s a lot to cover in the final two episodes of the series, but an end is in sight.

Philo finally took the brutal murders seriously after he lost his good friend and former colleague, Berwick, in a joint attack with Black Raven.

With The New Dawn now directly involved in Bergish politics, we can’t wait to see how Leonora chooses to bring Vignette into her plans.

We were (still) apprehensive about Tourmaline as well, as everyone who left The Row was her best bet to beat her fate. We love tourmaline and couldn’t wait to see her vision become a reality!

With all of these questions hanging in the air, we can’t help but wonder: who will have a happy ending, and who will die in search of one?

Vignette Disguised - Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7

So fanatics, what did you think of the two-episode release?

Are you excited to see what happens in the last two episodes? What do you think will happen? Will everyone survive?

Tell us how epic you think this would be in the comments below! Carnival Row airs on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.

Michael Stack is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. follow him Twitter,

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