Recap: Blackadder S 1 E 6 The Black Seal
"Is Rowan Atkinson coming back for Season 2? He didn't fare too well at the end of the finale. It had a shocking conclusion, epic failure and a lot of death.....
— My father, after watching this
Edmund has had the last of his titles relinquished, no longer is he Duke of Edinburgh. Annoyed that he is even further from power, Edmund, Warden of the Royal Privvies, decides to seek out the most psychopathic murderers in England. On the way he meets a Morris dancer to be his replacement for Baldrick.
He gathers his party: Sir Wilfred Death
, Three-Fingered Pete, Guy de Glastonbury, Sean - the Irish Bastard
, Friar Bellows
, and Jack Large.
They agree to call themselves "The Black Seal," and all agree to attack the castle when Blackadder sends them a signal, of something black.
Whilst camping out, the Morris dancer reveals himself to be Edmund's long-time rival, Philip of Burgundy, also known as the Hawk. He imprisons Blackadder, leaving him to die, along with Mad Gerald (Rik Mayall). 12 Months Later, Gerald is showing Blackadder his companions; Mr Rat and Mr Key
. Edmund escapes and takes six black carrier pigeons, and sends them out. He heads to take the castle before the Hawk.
The Seal arrive at the castle, and are met with the Hawk, who after learning how evil the Hawk is, they decide to join him, and kill Edmund. They tie him up to a torture chair, and go ahead to kill the royal family. They see some maids (Percy and Baldrick in a Paper-Thin Disguise
) who offer them goblets of wine, which were poisoned. The Seal and the Hawk all drop dead, but they are too late to rescue Edmund.
Edmund lay on his deathbed, surrounded by his family. King Richard calls him, finally using his name correctly, "Edmund." It is then revealed that Percy had accidentally poisoned the entire vat of wine, and as the court toasts the Black Adder, or "The Black Dagger", they all fall down, dying. Edmund wonders whether it was the wine that was poisoned, so he tests it on himself."No, seems perfectly alright to me. And now at last I shall be k..."