‘The Royals’ Review: Could Liam Still Win the Crown?

I wasn’t sure how this episode would end. I wasn’t sure if we were even going to know the outcome. After the privy council testimonies, it seemed pretty clear that Robert was the only real choice, especially after he took Liam’s advice with his speech.

Robert was talked about like this great man. He seemed to be a lot like Simon, unfortunately, the man he is now, is nothing like Simon and nothing like the man they spoke about. I don’t know if they saw Robert through rose colored glasses or if power has gotten to his head. Even though it seems like Robert isn’t like his father, he’s certainly better than Cyrus.

Last week I wrote that Liam wasn’t giving up on the thrown. Through most of this episode, it had appeared that he had fallen in line, mostly, with his brother. He did refuse to speak badly about Cyrus, which I think he was right to, but he didn’t seem like he was going after the crown for himself.

There was a moment between Liam and Jasper at the beginning of the episode when Jasper tried to tell him something, that was just brushed under the rug. I kept coming back to this moment. We didn’t come back to this until the very end. There’s some bad information about Robert and Liam is going to use it. Clearly, I was right about Liam still striving for the thrown.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. While I believe that Liam would probably make the best king out of Cyrus, Robert, and himself, he just talked about not stooping to Cyrus’ level and now he’s stooping to that level.

I feel for Liam. He’s had a rollercoaster of a time since Robert went missing and then his father was killed. He’s grown up a lot. He was literally about to be king and then in walks his brother and he’s once again the spare. I can’t imagine how that must feel. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out what this bad news is about Robert.

I love Jasper but sometimes he can be really stupid. From the moment he found out the reporter had the information about him and Eleanor, I thought he should go to Eleanor. It didn’t have to be over for them. As romantic and noble as it may seem that he broke up to protect her, that’s not practical. That also doesn’t help with all the lies. Mr. Hill was right. He needs to learn to trust people. I’m sure Mr. Hill would have helped in whatever way he could. He’s proven to be an asset with Jasper and Eleanor’s relationship. Mr. Hill has seemed like a pretty cool and collected guy until this episode. I’ve never seen him mad before. I can’t really blame him. Jasper did almost cost him his job and his daughter a father.

Jasper tried to make things right but then in walked Robert to save the day. I’m not even sure what Robert’s agenda is. He seems like a good guy swooping in and giving Jasper his job back, but is he really? He’s done too much to make me think he’s manipulative and two faced. I did not like how he left Kathryn in bed. He didn’t have the decency to wake her up and say goodbye? I get that he probably couldn’t have stayed until morning, but a goodbye would have been polite.

The only person Jasper seems to trust is Liam, not enough to ask his help, clearly. Jasper really does not like asking for help. He went groveling to Helena in a last resort to fix his mistake. Liam seems to have the utmost respect for Jasper. It’s going to be brother against brother fighting for this bodyguard, while Eleanor is off designing.

I’m not even sure what to say about this couple anymore. She’s absolutely right, enough is enough, but Jasper had good intentions. I’m still rooting for these two even if it seems like there is very little hope left.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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