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Series / The Bastard Executioner

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The executioner's blade is the bloodiest sword of them all.

A medieval TV series set in early 14th century Wales, airing in 2015. Wilkin Brattle, a knight in the army of King Edward I of England, is broken by the horrors of war and betrayed by a fellow Englishman's lust for power who leaves him for dead. Near death, a child apparition implores him to lay down his sword and follow a new path. But when violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all: an executioner's sword as well as a whole new identity. The plot partially involves the fallout from the Madog ap Llywelyn Welsh rebellion.

An FX series original from Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy.



  • Bloodier and Gorier: Sons of Anarchy wasn't tame by any measure, but The Bastard Executioner decides to see just how violent the TV-MA rating will go.
  • Cain and Abel: Milus has his brother killed with a legal technicality.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Justified. The setting is in 14th century Wales. The Protestant Reformation happened in 16th century.
  • The Corrupter: Miles seems to really love making Brattle do things that he finds morally wrong.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: What Wilken ends up doing to the late Executioner.
  • Depraved Bisexual:
    • Milus Corbet likes both men and women.
    • Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall also partakes of both.
  • Disproportionate Revenge: The Baron's response to Welsh vigilantes humiliating his tax collectors? Kill all of their families.
  • Doomed Hometown: Wilken's adopted village once they figure out the vigilantes are operating from there.
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  • French Jerk: The Earl of Cornwall has a ridiculously thick french accent and he is an utter Jerkass to every single character he interacts with who is not the king.
  • Gorn: There have been comparisons to Game of Thrones, of all things.
  • Historical Fantasy/Low Fantasy: Brattles visions and Allora being a bit more than just an old woman with some healing skills.
  • Kick the Dog: The Baron and Milius do this a RIDICULOUS number of times in the pilot.
  • The Mole: The twins are really working for Gaveston.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being a punisher and a knight before that, Brattle is a pretty nice guy, especially when compared to the man whose life he took over.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. It's a plot point in one of the episodes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What Wilken does after the Baron kills his family.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Baroness tries to be this, after the Baron's death, but when she's not being discounted for being a woman or the land holder of a somewhat worthless land, her own chamberlain is undermining her authority. It also doesn't help that her people see her as a traitor for being connected to the English.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: The Baroness and her personal maid, Isabel, have a very close and loving relationship.
  • Sherlock Scan: The Baroness proves pretty adapt at this when she figures out where a prisoner came from just by looking at their clothes.
  • Smug Snake: The Earl of Cornwall oozes smugness every second he is on screen.
  • Starter Villain: The Baron turns out to be this.
  • Take That!: A rather crass one where Milus has sex with a young man who looks like Game of Thrones Jon Snow from behind.
    • And that's not the end of it, either. To really drive the point home, Milus savagely beats him a few episodes later.
  • Twincest: Not long after they're introduced, Ramona and Clara are shown sleeping with each other. They also have a threesome with Lord Gaveston, who turns out to be their half-brother.
  • Uriah Gambit: What the Baron and Milius planned to do to Wilken before the series began.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Annora of the Alders sounds like she's doing a bad impression of a movie Romani fortuneteller.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The Bastard Execution's opening plot is basically a retelling of Robin Hood. It then swerves into its own thing, and then straight into The Da Vinci Code.


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