Willow Episode 8 Recap: Children of the Wyrm, Season 1 Finale

The magic bought intense within the season finale of Willow.
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The first season of Willow is over and the very first thing to say is “I want more.” While the ultimate episode introduced this season’s tales collectively in a very satisfying, entertaining manner, the lore of this franchise and world is so huge that even with out this episode’s huge cliffhanger, these characters and actors are merely begging to be on display screen extra. So we’ll put that power out into the universe as we dive into the ultimate episode of the season, however hopefully not of the present.

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Episode eight of Willow is named “Children of the Wyrm,” which to be sincere I discovered slightly bit intimidating. All all through the season, the present has been establishing this concept of the Wyrm as a power even higher than the Crone, however I totally admit I simply type of ignored that. Which, it seems, was a mistake as a result of the concept that Bavmorda was an agent of the Crone, and the Crone is an agent of the Wyrm (if that’s even proper?), turns into HUGELY IMPORTANT within the finale. So, I hope you had been higher ready than I used to be.

Nevertheless, issues started the place the earlier episode left off, with Elora and Kit coming nose to nose with Haircut Airk. It’s apparent he’s been taken over by the Crone, a undeniable fact that’s nicely established when he says he is aware of Dove is Elora as a result of the Crone confirmed him. Beyond that, he acts seemingly regular upon seeing his girlfriend and sister, however the reality the Gales are behind them, making a entice, makes mainly every part he says vastly disingenuous. Airk begs them each to listen to what the Crone has to say and regardless of figuring out no matter is going on is a entice, they determine to associate with it.

The Crone meets Kit and Elora.

The Crone meets Kit and Elora.
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Back on the large waterfall, Willow, Boorman, Jade, and Graydon debate whether or not or to not bounce off and observe Elora and Kit. Willow suggests perhaps the pair must face the Crone alone, however each Jade and Graydon really feel it of their bones they should be there. Their instincts make Willow smile as they take the leap of religion. Boorman in the meantime is slightly skeptical however he too jumps as Willow, his quest seemingly accomplished, seems to go again to his daughter. “Look after them,” he says because the James Horner rating performs and, reader, I shed a tear or two.

Kit and Elora meet the Crone in her stunning younger lady type and Airk reveals she’s the harbinger of the Wyrm, the one chosen to take over the world. Neither Kit or Elora have a plan so when the Crone says every particular person has to make their very own selection about whether or not or to not be part of her, they determine to take one other leap and head into the golden mild. There, each Kit and Elora see every part they ever thought they needed coming true. Queen Sorsha apologizes to Elora for hiding the reality from her and Airk tells her they’re about to get married. Sorsha additionally tells Kit she desires her daughter to be freed from all obligations so she will be able to stay her life how, and with whomever, she desires. They’re each clearly very tempted. It all feels too good.

Kit appears as if she’s about to purchase into the fantasy when she hears a voice. It’s her father, Madmartigan, who Willow casually talked about earlier than has been combating the Wyrm from the within. He tells her he’s all the time been along with her and that she’s higher than him. She’s Elora’s protector, her defend and sword, and with that, Kit lastly will get what she really needed. Not simply Jade, not simply freedom, however the love and encouragement of her father. She rejects temptation and is punished by being turned to stone.

Queen Sorsha returned, but only as a fantasy.

Queen Sorsha returned, however solely as a fantasy.
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As that is taking place, Boorman, Jade, and Graydon arrive within the Immemorial City and haphazardly sneak to the door behind which their pals are going through their fates. However, a large storm is coming upon them in a short time and regardless of all their finest efforts, they fail to enter and are turned to stone as nicely.

What about Elora? She’s pleased with Airk on their fantasy wedding ceremony day, and it appears perhaps she’s accepted the Crone’s temptations. She walks down the aisle to the alter, Airk and the Crone are ready, and within the crowd are all her pals—Kit, Jade, Boorman, Graydon, and others. The Crone says all that should occur is for Elora to seal the wedding with a kiss, however on the final doable second, Elora pulls again. A surprised Crone tells Elora by not selecting Airk, she’s making it sure struggle will come and everybody will die. Which is when one other acquainted voice rings by way of the scene.

It’s Willow. He breaks the spell of the Crone and frees everybody from their stone prisons. Even the Crone too, lastly, sheds her human visage and divulges its true type. And what an unpleasant, closing boss-level true type it’s. The battle begins with Airk on the aspect of the Crone. Graydon finds Cherlindrea’s wand and makes use of it to try to assault the Crone, however she defends and snaps Graydon out of existence.

Willow is back.

Willow is again.
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Another individual Elora liked is lifeless and he or she appears prepared to surrender. But Willow reveals his arrival is as a result of he must be at her aspect. This confidence increase amps up Elora’s powers and so she hits the Crone with a mighty bolt of inexperienced magic from her fingers. The battle between the 2 begins.

Boorman, in the meantime, takes off the Kymerian Cuirass he’s been sporting when he realizes he’s unfit of it. It’s not his story, he says, it’s Kit’s. And so he places the armor on her and runs off to proceed combating, with an purpose to not return. Airk returns and engages Kit and Jade in fight. So there’s Elora and the Crone on one aspect, andAirk, Jade, and Kit on the opposite (finest seen in a killer overhead shot), however one thing isn’t proper. Elora nonetheless can’t break by way of and so Willow boosts her confidence once more, this time as a voice in her head. He tells her she must cease being afraid, be okay with making errors, and actually unleash her full energy. Which she does. She nails the Crone with an enormous blow and tackles her to the bottom. The lightning bolt combat hits epic proportions when, lastly, Elora breaks the Crone’s defenses and kills her.

The day is seemingly received, besides Airk remains to be possessed. He runs to the Crone who says this was all the time the plan and that it’s him, not her, who’s the precise harbinger of the Wyrm. They kiss and he or she passes no matter energy she needed to him. Airk is now the last word evil, so Jade tells Kit perhaps now’s the time to activate the Cuirass.

Kit in the Kymerian Cuirass

Kit within the Kymerian Cuirass
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I’m gonna step again right here for a second as a result of, when you’re like me, you in all probability thought—thus far—the Cuirass was type of dumb. We knew it was imagined to be highly effective and every part but it surely seemed so previous and unimposing. Well, right here’s one of many many locations Willow actually blew away expectations, as a result of when Kit activated it, the Cuirass grew right into a full go well with of superior physique armor, making her all however invincible.

And so Kit engages her brother in fight, armed with Madmartigan’s sword and the Kymerian Cuirass he left them to seek out all these years in the past. She’s actually the embodiment of her father and, relatively rapidly, defeats her brother. She’s able to kill him, however she will be able to’t. Willow breaks his workers and fingers her his inexperienced gem. He tells her, if she talks to him, he might come to the sunshine. Flashbacks to their childhood play as Kit pleads to her brother and, ultimately, he returns. And now, lastly, the day is received.

Boorman returns, coated in goo from battle, however not Graydon. He’s actually gone and the group guarantees to ensure his bravery doesn’t go untold. Willow does, nonetheless, say that whereas they defeated the Crone, the Wrym remains to be down there. And, quickly, it’ll come for them as a result of they’ve actually pissed it off. Elora appears nearly drawn to the place, like enterprise just isn’t but completed, however she does go away, and our heroes stroll into the sundown.

elora with an evil army

The closing shot guarantees epic past epic motion.
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But what about Graydon? Dead? Alive? It’s unclear however we see him get up on the battlefield we’ve come to acknowledge from Willow’s imaginative and prescient of the longer term. There, amongst a whole lot of fallen troopers, he sees Elora—a special, wiser, scarier—Elora, who tells him he’s originally of all issues, the top of all issues, the age of Elora Danan, and he or she wants any person by her aspect. She wants… him.

Which is all he’s ever needed to listen to. If you bear in mind earlier, these visions to trick folks to come back to the aspect of the Wyrm promise them their coronary heart’s need. We know Graydon loves Elora, so it appears pretty seemingly he—this burgeoning sorcerer who’s oddly inclined to possession—will break unhealthy as soon as once more and turn out to be the newest harbinger of the Wyrm. A brand new Crone. But not this season.

And so the primary season of Willow ends the identical manner each episode ends, with a rock track (this time, Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”) and illustrations of the characters—one of which is Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan, a pleasant finale contact. Then, as each episode started with a guide opening, the primary season ends with a guide closing. A guide that will get placed on the shelf. We’ve accomplished Volume 1 of Willow. There are two extra volumes to go.

Fingers crossed we get to open the other volumes.

Fingers crossed we get to open the opposite volumes.
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Will audiences get to see volumes two and three? Disney+ has but to greenlight a second season, so we don’t know but. But what we do know is that even when Willow doesn’t come again, this eight-episode first season was a pleasure. Each actor was so great and the tapestry of fantasy so wealthy, regardless that it was quirky and bizarre and performed barely disjointed rock songs, all of it simply labored. Elora Danan has defeated the Crone. She has not but defeated the Wyrm and perhaps ultimately she is going to, however for now, we rejoice in a rattling wonderful season of tv.

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