Episode 4 makes a major reveal and makes us question what has been happening throughout the series.
We recap the Prime Video series The English season 1, episode 4, which contains spoilers.
Yes, The English is that kind of show. The fourth episode, “The Wounded Wolf,” opens in 1875, fifteen years before the current timeline. Trapp shows up to buy his land in Wyoming. He makes the mistake of telling the man what he plans on doing with it. The idea of filling nothing but cattle for miles means big money, so he demands an extra 120 dollars.
However, one of his hired hands, David Melmont (a very entertaining Rafe Spall), tells him he has his wife under watch, and if he is not back on time, she will die. The man frantically leaves, and when they keep walking into their new land, they encounter a terrifying scene. A man has been strung upside down and used for bow and arrow practice.
He has been dead for some time.
The English season 1, episode 4 recap – who is the father of Cornelia’s baby?
The trio comes across a wolf, and Melmont is in full form. He misses the wolf badly, and as he is being teased, he lets out a bit of information he found out about Trafford. The young Englishmen have had a couple of bad business decisions. He is menacing and aggressive, but damn, does he do his homework! Melmont later comes across a Native American settlement, but they avoid it.
They later make camp, and an execution Army patrol comes by looking for kills. The soldiers, two of whom we already know, pass around homemade grain alcohol. One is Meyers, and the other is Flynn. This gets Melmont more disrespectful and loose-lipped. He eventually tells these soldiers that they came across a settlement of Native Americans. And yes, we are guessing this is near Chalk River. Trapp tells him to shut up, but the lead soldier knocks him out with the butt of his rifle. Trapp wakes up and hears the 58-caliber machine gun in the distance.
Meanwhile, Whipp was there as well in 1875. He hears the shots and sees the village destroyed. The soldiers and Melmont catch Whipp on the way back. They all are glowing with pride and are covered in blood.
The English season 1, episode 4 ending
Melmont shows up in London later and reports back to Cornelia that Trapper is in jail. He tells the story of the massacre, and we assume blames it on Thomas. Cornelia tells him after that he should serve his time. So, Melmont, knowing he now has an issue on his hands, says the prison is more like some torturous existence, and time is of the essence. We also find out that Thomas is Cornelia’s fiance. She also convinced her father to invest in the cattle ranch.
Later, Melmont arrives at Cornelia’s and asks if the mail has arrived. It had a letter from Thomas sent to Cornelia. Melmont may have been getting to the mail for a while so that nothing would get past him. When he walks upstairs, she has read a letter from Thomas and knows Melmont has been lying to her. The whole scene is odd since it feels like time has passed. She threatens to scream and get out, but Melmont says he is taking that money to buy a large gold mine in Colorado. Melmont later leaves, and we see the same Sergeant who led the massacre at Chalk River outside Cornelia’s door.
The English season 1, episode 4 ends showing Cornelia now pregnant. So, the question now is this: Who is the father of Cornelia’s baby? If you remember from the first episode, the hotel owner talked about knowing the man, the mine that he owns, and how ruthless he can be.
Was he talking about Melmont?
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