Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7 Recap – What stops Philo, Vignette and Tourmaline from leaving The Burgue?

March 10, 2023
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In the 7th installment, an attack by the Pact complicates Imogen and Agreus’ escape plan. In the Burgue, Philo and Millworthy plot to help all Fae escape the hell that Carnival Row turned into.

We recap the Prime Video series Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7, “Kindred,” which contains spoilers.

In the 7th installment, an attack by the Pact complicates Imogen’s (Tamzin Merchant) and Agreus’ (David Gyasi) escape plan. In the Burgue, Philo (Orlando Bloom) and Millworthy (Simon McBurney) plot to help all Fae escape the hell that Carnival Row turned into. While we get brief signs of a possible reconciliation between Vignette (Cara Delevingne) and Philo, a badly-timed Raven attack causes further harm to everyone on the Row. 

Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7 Recap

“Kindred” starts in Ragusa, where comrades Agreus and Imogen are having a blast at the New Dawn’s anniversary party. Or at least pretending to. Agreus loudly reminds his girlfriend to slow her drinking even when her cup was only filled with water. The Faun and Ezra sneak away while Imogen distracts Kastor with a dance. She then feigns inebriation sickness before sneaking away.

The former crew member helping them escape is apprehensive about Ezra joining their escape plot but relents after Imogen offers to double his fee. As the four race for the docks, they’re interrupted by a full-scale Pact attack on the New Dawn. The party’s over. It looks like Imogen, Agreus, and Ezra will have to fight for their survival. 

Why is Philo depressed?

Back in The Burgue, Philo’s still feeling depressed after his stay in Bleakness. He regrets not taking the Fae’s side when he had the chance, goes out drinking, and even gets into a fight with a few fellow drunks. Luckily, Darius (who’s now mostly in control of his Marrok side) intervenes before the drunks beat Philo to death. 

On the other side of the Row, Vignette tries to pay Boz, the bookie, for safe passage out of The Burgue. But there’s a bounty on her head, and Boz uses the opportunity to capture her and try to claim that reward for himself. Luckily both Vignette and Tourmaline manage to escape the corrupt Puck.  

Carnival Row residents receive some much-needed good news. Because the Pact is at war with the New Daws, they’ve pulled out all their troops from Tirnanoc, meaning the land of the Pix is finally free. 

What Philo really wants from Millworthy

Nothing seems to lift Philo’s mood. He deeply regrets his past as a police officer who passed for human while oppressing Fae folk. Darius’s pep talk doesn’t help much, but when Vignette visits him and tells him about her plan to leave the Burgue with Tourmaline, Philo gets an idea. 

Pretending he wants to interview Millworthy about his close encounter with the Sparas, Philo talks Dombey and Berwick into letting him out of the Row. Millworthy is attending Chancellor Jonah’s funeral, where the priest is giving a touching speech about the unworthiness of Fae folk. Philo wanted to ask for Millworthy’s aid in getting all the Fae out of the Burgue by sending them back home to Tirnanoc. 

Millworthy reluctantly agrees with Philo’s mass-deportation plan as it’s a way of solving all their problems. Jonah’s murder inflamed anti-Fae sentiments among the Burgish, while the oppressed creatures were happy to leave the ghetto behind. 

Is Philo going to Tirnanoc with Vignette?

On the day the ships are to sail, there’s an air of celebration among Carnival Row residents. Tourmaline invited Darius to join them, but he refused. And most other Fae-folk are packing and readying themselves for the journey ahead. Vignette is still a wanted Pix, so she’s traveling disguised as a Puck.

As a large group of Fae folk is heading toward the harbor, Vignette stops to speak to Philo, who was watching from the sidelines. Putting aside her anger at him, she asks him to join her and Tourmaline to Tirnanoc. He eventually accepts. Things are looking up for Philo and Vignette at this moment. Who knows, they might even rekindle their romance. 

While Fae folk are escorted across the city toward their boats, we see how much hate is brewing on the streets. Large crowds gathered at the sidelines are heckling abuse and throwing things at the Fae. 

READ: Carnival Row Season 2 Review

Berwick chases Philo down to call him out for lying about helping the police catch the Sparas. Philo admits he never intended to go after the creature and just wanted to protect his kind. Disappointed, Berwick walks away after making a heartfelt speech about the importance of having good men serving in the police force. Little does Philo know, that was the last conversation he’d ever share with his friend. 

Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7 Ending Explained

What stops Philo, Vignette, and Tourmaline from leaving The Burgue?

The large group of deportees doesn’t even get to board the ships. As soon as they arrive at the harbor, chaos ensues. First, the Black Ravens are blowing things up. Then the Sparas flyes in and starts ripping apart soldiers and police officers. Some Pix try to fly away in fright, but soldiers shoot them down. 

Amid the mayhem, Philo sees the Sparas are about to attack Berwick. By the time he gets there, the creature has already disemboweled poor Berwick, and Philo has to watch his old friend die. Kindred ends with a broken-hearted Philo kneeling over Berwick’s body. 

What do you think of Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7? Comment below.

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2 thoughts on “Carnival Row Season 2 Episode 7 Recap – What stops Philo, Vignette and Tourmaline from leaving The Burgue?

  • March 10, 2023 at 6:06 am

    The ending was ridiculous. There is no way the Black Raven would have bombed the very ships the fae were about to go to Tirnanoc on. It’s the very thing they’ve all wanted for years. Not only that, but the humans are going to rain hellfire on the fae after this, and they’ll be more oppressed than ever. I know the writers had to come up with something to keep them on the Row because there are three episodes left, but this was a very poor decision. Horrible writing.

  • March 18, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Absolutely agree with comment above. Why would the Black Ravens attack the ships?? it makes no sense. Generally speaking, Season 2 full of plot holes, events go very quickly, characters personalities/consistency and actions aren’t logical.

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