The Letter for the King season 1, episode 5 recap – “Spiral”

By Daniel Hart
Published: March 20, 2020 (Last updated: February 7, 2024)
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Netflix Series The Letter for the King season 1, episode 5 - Spiral


The Letter for the King season 1, episode 5, “Spiral” is not the greatest penultimate chapter, but it is at least entertaining.

This recap of Netflix Series The Letter for the King season 1, episode 5, “Spiral” contains significant spoilers.

The Letter for the King season 1, episode 5, “Spiral” is an unexciting penultimate chapter but again, it’s still entertaining in certain aspects. The Novices want to take Tiuri back home as he is wanted for killing the Black Might. But Ardanwen, the horse, leads the way to a nearby town — a ghost town it seems. People come out of nowhere, surrounding them.

The people ask Tiuri, Lavinia and the Novices who sent them here. Lavinia explains that Tiuri is sick and they need food — they give the group one night. Arman then claims Tiuri is a prisoner before being disarmed by one of the villagers. The people of the town help aid Tiuri.

Lavinia is asked, “where they get a horse like that”. Lavinia feels threatened and asks the woman aiding Tiuri to open the door. When tensions ease, she explains to the woman aiding Tiuri why he has the letter.

And then there’s a slight twist; when Lavinia tends to a sick Tiuri, she puts her hand over his chest, and a glow emits from her hands.

Later that night, Tiuri wakes up suddenly and gets out a ring — the woman aiding him says it is a special ring; Ardanwen brought Tiuri here because the horse was coming home. The woman is the Dark Knight’s wife. She asks Tiuri if he was with her husband during his end. Tiuri talks about destiny and the woman chuckles, stating all Knights think that.

The next day in “Spiral”, Tiuri reveals to the Novices that he still has the letter and the Red Riders just have the case. They all read the letter over a candle which gives away more sentences. In the letter, Prince Viridian talks about his rise and taking the crown and gives a list of names as part of his ascension. The Novices panic, the list of names are their parents — the letter implies they will be killed.

So in panic mode, Tiuri explains that if he is to use his powers, he is going to have to practice them — he tries using them on Arman but fails. Tiuri cannot seem to summon his powers and Arman mocks him.

Later, Lavinia takes Tiuri out into a field and tells him that the power is him, it’s in him. She suggests that his powers only happen when his emotions are high and then proceeds to kiss him.

Meanwhile, the Novices argue about the letter and Tiuri and then they look outside and see the air swirling around Tiuri and Lavinia as they carry on kissing.

A woman in the town tells Tiuri of the prophecy — Tiuri says the date on the letter is the same date when the Blood Moon rises. She tells Tiuri to get a move on.

But then the town is overrun by Red Riders so Tiuri and co. try and flee. Sir Fantumar is looking for Tiuri. Tiuri and co. realize they cannot find Iona but it is then revealed Iona is on Fantumar’s side. Fantumar asks Tiuri, Lavinia, and co. to drop their weapons. Ardanwen distracts Fantumar and a fight ensues. Tiuri manages to flee with the others but then they are surrounded again. Lavinia asks Tiuri to use his powers. He starts using them and there’s an explosion of dust as Fantumar’s crew starts to fall over.

From afar Viridian senses the powers and gets angry. He walks out of his tent to see a storm gathering quickly. Jabroot says that Viridian may become the darkness and “the boy” will be the hero that will defeat him.

The Letter for the King season 1, episode 5, “Spiral” ends with Lavinia noticing a pattern and confirming the twist — the time Tiuris powers have worked is when Lavinia has been there. It is Lavinia who has the powers, not Tiuri.

Additional Notes

  • Queen Alianor approaches Prince Viridian and lays down next to him on the grass.
  • Jaro tells Prince Viridian he has lost the letter to Tiuri, the Shaman’s son. Viridian is fuming.

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