The finale of The English is a hard watch that takes, uh, a viral turn that is unexpected.
We recap the Prime Video series The English season 1, episode 6, which contains spoilers and explains the ending.
Things get off to a roaring start on the season’s final episode of The English. In “Cherished”, we now see Melmont (Rafe Spall), the man who stole Cornelia’s (Emily Blunt) money, in the present day. He was the man who also accompanied her former fiance to the States to start his cattle business. Regarding the fiance, Trafford (Tom Hughes) has his giant stack of hay for the winter burned to the ground. Someone dressed in all black lit them up and killed two of his cowboys. They were both “skinned” at the scalp. The quiver of bows on the horse looks strangely like Cornelia’s.
Also note an older adult male is looking for the “Black Widow,” who is part of some wild west show.
The English season 1, episode 6 recap – what is Cornelia’s secret?
Since all the cattle’s food is for the winter, Trafford wants to take the herd City Slickers’ style to Alberta. Why? Because he had enough of Melmont, who struck gold in Colorado and now moved back to Wyoming. Meanwhile, the sheriff discovers that the brand is on Billy Meyers and Timothy Flynn. That’s when Trafford comes clean about the massacre and who was behind it at Chalk River. In fact, Melmont is building his entire town over where the bodies are buried.
That’s when we get an answer to what is Cornelia’s secret. She has syphilis. She wears gloves to cover up the sores on her hands. They look just like the ones on Timothy Flynn’s wife’s hands. (I assumed they were marks from cowpox). It turns out that her son had it when he was born and died from it. This is why Cornelia pulled away from kissing Eli. And when we consider that Melmont appeared to be living with Cornelia at the time, is Melmont the father? Did he have syphilis?
This is confirmed later that the entire group of men involved in the massacre contracted syphilis. But from whom? The one they call the “Black Widow” at a brothel. That’s how Cornelia and her son got it when she began her relationship with him. However, Jerome McClintock, the leader of the death squad at Chalk River, is still alive. He shoots Trafford’s muscles and traps several of them in the Meyers home.
Jerome is dressed in all black and on a horse equipped with that Gatling gun. Yes, McClintock is the man who has been killing people and burning the hard rations. When Whipp escapes the home and shoots at him, his hood comes off and reveals his grotesque injuries from syphilis. A few moments later, McClintock dies, and we find out Trafford was killed in the flood.
The Meyers widow, Cornelia, Whipp, and the sheriff confront Melmont. He has the Meyers boy tied up. Cornelia and the father of her deceased child have a verbal confrontation over what has transpired between them. Melmont keeps antagonizing her and shows, under his lip, a sore. She raises her gun to shoot him but cannot. That’s when the widow pulls out her rifle and shoots the wealthy man in cold bold. The bullet goes through him and strikes Cornelia, but it hits her locket. Before Melmont passes, he takes a broken sword and stabs him in the heart.
To keep everything under wraps, the sheriff tells Whipp he has to leave. That means leaving Cornelia behind. She rides her horse up to him, and they say their tearful goodbyes. Before Whipp leaves, she hands him the seeds from the German Mennonites. Eli gives her that tiny bird skull.
The English season 1, episode 6 ending
The English season 1, episode 6 ends thirteen years later. Cornelia is in London and covers her face because of the sores. She visits Wild Bill’s Wild West Show. The son of Running Hawk and Touching Ground is there. He is playing Whipp in the show. The young man pulled back Cornelia’s veil and kissed her on the forehead.
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