*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Season two, episode six throws us right into the midst of chaos. It all begins with a flashback to 1945, with Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) barking orders at a wartime paper. When the subsequent headlines are plunked down on the king’s (Jared Harris) desk, he kvetches that the English people will never forgive the monarchy…if these papers ever go to print. It’s all very dramatic, so we’re going to guess this is about Prince Edward’s (Alex Jennings) connections to the Third Reich. (It’s not a spoiler, people, it’s history.)
While we’re slowly being clued into Eddie’s nefarious wartime activities, surely he’s aware of what a treacherous weasel he is. But no, a decade after WWII, Eddie seems to have forgotten all about it as he flutters around Paris, attending parties with his American socialite wife, Wallis (Lia Williams). When the silly hats at a costume party fail to entertain him, he sighs that a “life of pleasure really has its limits” and tells Wallis he needs a purpose. Poor, Eddie...not.
Eddie wants to return to Britain and research a book. What he doesn’t know is that historians have discovered incriminating “secret documents” and feel very strongly that they must be published, as it’s their duty as historians to reveal the truth. If he actually saw this coming, perhaps he wouldn’t have sat around writing letters to Peaches about his dreadful existence of dinner parties and pals who agree to set him up with work.