Silver and Max will eventually get togetherIn the original novel, it's mentioned that Silver is married to "a woman of colour" who he leaves to manage his inn when he ships on the Hispaniola. The first episode of Black Sails shows Silver and Max as partners in crime; why shouldn't they end up as partners in businessnote as well? It would tie up a neat piece of mythology and, more importantly, it would prevent Max from falling victim to any of the many death tropes which probably already have her in their sights.
- Season 3 seems to have jossed this with a heavy dose of ship-teasing going on between Silver and Madi, Mr. Scott's daughter. We'll wait and see, though.
- And finally and definitively jossed when the series ends with Silver and Madi apparently still together (although it's implied Silver may have permanently damaged the relationship), and Max back in charge in Nassau.
John Silver is Mephistopheles.His apparent role in the plot is that of the naive newcomer, an Audience Surrogate providing an introduction to the world of pirates. Except that his actual role is to tempt the other characters and bring conflict to the surface. He tempts Max into turning her back on Eleanor, without her even realising that's what she's doing. He drives Flint to ever-greater secrecy, turning the crew against him until he's forced to murder his best friend. He persuades Eleanor to help Anne and Jack become traitors to their crew. He leaves a trail of dead bodies and broken relationships in his wake, and comes away with clean hands and a ready smile.
- Almost certainly true, if you sing those lyrics from the book along to the music, they fit the melody very well.
Max will turn out to be Mary ReadShe has a steadily evolving relationship with Anne Bonny, and Mary will have to turn up sooner or later.
- There's an interview on youtube with Clara Paget and Toby Schmitz where they're asked about the possibility of Mary Read showing up. The way they talk about it implies that Read would be a separate character from Max — they'd like the dynamic in the relationship to be different from the dynamic between them and Max. Of course, they're not the writers, and supposedly the only people on set that can get backstory out of the writers are Toby Stephens and Zach MacGowan, so who knows how it will develop.
- Jossed by the finale — Mary Read is finally introduced, and is definitely not Max.
One of the main characters will be the real author of "A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates," published in (1724).I think Rackham, but that's just a guess. I was curious about Woodes Rogers' line to Jack in episode 3x06, that if he wants to control his story he should write a book. The line just stood out to me, like wink from the writers. Turns out the earliest, most famous, and still the primary source of information we have about this era of piracy was written anonymously, with the stated author, Charles Johnson, universally believed to be a pseudonym. This book is where most of our information about Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read come from, not to mention Charles Vane and Blackbeard. As obsessed as Jack is with his name and reputation, this would be a perfect ending for him (especially if Anne is right there with him, making sure he make her look like a badass too).
- Probably jossed by the finale — a character is seen reading A General History of the Pyrates, with no suggestion that it was written by any of the other characters (of course, in the real world the book wasn't published until four years after Rackham died, so this could be a different book with a coincidentally similar title, but it seems more likely that this is just another example of the series fudging the timeline)
The show will end just as Treasure Island beginsRight before the final credits role, we'll catch a glimpse of Jim Hawkins in a Flash Forward to the opening chapter of Treasure Island.
- Jossed — not only does the show end well before, but it leaves quite a few plot points still to be set up (most notably, the map; we also never learn how Billy got off the island).
Flint will persuade all but one of Silver's assassins to change sidesSilver has sent six men ashore to find and kill Flint, including Israel Hands. Flint already has one man with him, for a total of seven. According to Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, Flint buried his treasure with the help of six men, all of whom he then killed. Also according to the book, Israel Hands survived to join the crew of the Hispaniola. There's several ways this scenario could shake out, but my guess: Flint will appeal to the loyalty of his former shipmates, who will change sides. Israel Hands, having no loyalty to Flint, will refuse, and flee back to the ship. Hands will thus have no idea where the cache is buried. Flint, meanwhile, will take those six men on into the island's interior, bury the treasure, and then kill them.
- Jossed; Flint ends up killing all except for Hands, and then kills the crewman he'd convinced to help him bury the treasure in the first place. It's easy enough to see how this scenario would warp into the story version via retellings of it.
Silver lied to Madi, at the endAll but stated by Rackham, in his monologue about how "a story is true, a story is untrue; as time extends, it matters less and less", but it still needs to be said: There was no happy ending for Flint, no sanatorium with Thomas Hamilton, no peace. Silver shot him on Skeleton Island and left his body in the dirt.