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  • Funny Moments:
    • The king speaking to David about the debt he owes him for saving his sons life, asking him what reward he wants including "Half his kingdom" David has no answer but just awkwardly stairs at Michelle on the other side of the room which is noticed by Silas.
    • Abbadon's lecture to Silas on how to handle his newfound unpopularity in the penultimate episode, in which he shows exactly why he's been in a stone box for 30 years. If you're a fan of Comedic Sociopathy, that is.
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    • Most scenes with the lowly palace guards.
    Boyden: Oh God... you love Thomasina! You're so screwed.
    Klotz: I'm so screwed.
    • Jack taking David and his friends out on the town, as they approach a bouncer and velvet rope Jack (the Crown Prince) gets everyone with a great Blatant Lies
    Jack: This is my brother, my cousin, my reflexologist(drug dealer), Tennis instructor(David), oh and can't forget about my shrinks(bodyguards)
    • After David is promoted and has his first press conference it cuts to his unit at the front including his brother watching him on TV, laughing and cheering as he reads a press briefing
    Eli: (Laughing) They made him their monkey!!!
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Jack to Joseph: "You are the only real thing I ever touch."
    • Boyden and Klotz ask David to settle an argument over what they are serving at his feast, instead of just telling them the next day David saved them some and left it for them at their guard booth.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sebastian Stan begins the show getting captured during a war.
  • Ho Yay: Pretty much everyone who has any contact with David, though this is probably unintentional — except in the case of Jack, who is canonically gay, and also the crown prince.
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  • Magnificent Bastard: King Silas of Gilboa is a brilliant, Machiavellian ruler who spends the season destroying his enemies and securing his crown. Silas presents as a ruthless mastermind, though he is in truth far more given to self doubt of the favor of God. Silas attempts to overcome his destined successor David, even succeeding in bringing David down temporarily before an assassination attempt is made on Silas.In the finale, Silas outwits his enemies, performing an Unflinching Walk past a battalion of armed soldiers to retake his crown, has scared his enemy William Cross into hiding, has other members of the attempted coup captured and forces David to run from Gilboa. At the end, Silas has decided he answers to nobody for his crown, not even God himself.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moment of Awesome: "Oh William; bringing guns... to a tank battle"
    • Many throughout the series. One of the more notable ones is when Jack refuses to let Silas sentence David for treason and reveals that it was all a setup. Although it worked out in his favor politically, Jack didn't do it for that reason, marking a significant shift in his relationship with David.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Brian Cox's occasional appearances as Abbadon.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bucky Barnes is the crown prince.
  • Tear Jerker: Joseph's suicide.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For a story based on updating the life of king David, remarkably little of the first season's plot aligns to anything from the sources. So, the show skipped over the potential of the Crown Prince struggling with his friendship with David and his loyalty to his father, the story of David winning glory in battle even after becoming a hero, or Samuel and Silas actually coming into political conflict, and the show was cancelled before it reached the part where David, in exile, becomes a benevolent mercenary for Gath. Instead, most of the show was filler until the finale.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: In all honesty, it's hard to know just how sympathetic the audience is supposed to feel towards Jack, but between his "Well Done, Son!" Guy tendencies, the blatant homophobia shown to him by both his parents, the fact that he spends the majority of the time as an Unwitting Pawn for his uncle and his all-round status as the show's resident Jerkass Woobie, you'll not find many people who don't think his ultimate fate was far too harsh.
  • What an Idiot!: Michelle. In spades. Apart from repeatedly putting herself in danger despite often numerous warnings about the various bad outcomes such as (but not limited to) offering herself as a hostage during an attempted revolution, exposing herself to the plague and wandering off during a blackout when Silas is also receiving death-threats, she also is utterly convinced for the majority of the show that her father will keep her to a promise made just after she'd recovered from almost dying and chooses to change her mind and come clean to her father about her relationship with David at pretty much the worst time possible, especially since she'd spent the whole episode prior telling him not to say anything when he had the chance, thus forcing him to lie to Silas. Honestly, one almost gets the feeling that on any other show she'd be classed as being Too Dumb to Live.


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