This is going to be a difficult Milus Musings to write since we heard this morning that last night was the very last ever episode of The Bastard Executioner. It makes me sad to see the series ending, especially when the last few episodes were so “on point!” However, since the ratings weren’t good, I agree with it’s creator, Kurt Sutter that it’s better to end a show than continue when no one watches. As he said in the ad he placed announcing the show’s demise, “The audience has spoken and unfortunately the word is, “meh.” So with due respect, we bring our mythology to an epic and fiery close. Read more about the announcement here.
Sutter also praised his cast and I agree that the cast in The Bastard Executioner was quite extraordinary, but for me, Stephen Moyer’s performance as Milus Corbett cannot be praised enough. We here at AllStephenMoyer.com know how wonderful an actor Stephen is, but it’s always nice to see others recognize his talent, too. So I enjoyed seeing all the new fans of Milus appear from the TBX fanbase!
It’s even more disheartening that we will never see Milus’ again. I can certainly understand why Stephen Moyer accepted the part of Milus since he is so multi-layered and he must have been lots of fun to portray. For most of the season, Milus was the character that you loved to hate. While he wasn’t quite evil, he certainly wasn’t a “good guy.” However, in the last two episodes of the season, Milus became quite ‘human’ and someone you could really admire. While we loved him being bad in the earlier episodes; it was a lot of fun, seeing Milus’ transition into a good natured man. I have so many questions about this character and his past that I would have liked to learn about, but again sadly that will not now be possible.
As this is the final Musings, I’m going to let myself focus on Milus’ goodness and kindness. So, below is my “over the top” indulgence of my favorite TBX character, Milus Corbett, portrayed by Stephen Moyer, as only he could do; magnificently!
THE MEN AND THE WOLF, GRUFFUDD Y BLAIDD
In his new demeanor, Milus has learned to trust in his men. While he is still questioning, several times he has had to look to Wilkin and wonder if the action he was about to see take place is a wise one. This was definitely apparent during the fight. The most important issue requiring his trust was when The Wolf, Gruffudd y Blaidd and his men showed up to volunteer to help the fight against the knights who were holding Father Ruskin and Luca. Milus wonders why a sworn enemy of the English would fight with them, but Toren gives him the answer saying, “His loyalty may be contrary, but his honor is no different then ours.” Note, we know that The Wolf is Lady Love’s half brother and is doing this for her, but Milus doesn’t know this.
Nonetheless, Milus accepts the help and when the battle is won, he says to The Wolf, “You risk much and lose many. Tell me Wolf, what do you gain from this fight?” The wolf replies, “We never fight for gain, sir; we fight to keep what is already ours.” Milus understands and nods with a look of gratitude.
MILUS AND THE BARONESS LADY LOVE
I thought it was beautiful to see the relationship between Milus and the Baroness Lady Love grow over the season. At first, Milus didn’t think much of her opinion, being a lady, but now I think Milus sees her wisdom and kindness. He might even have a romantic interest in her, but he knows that a relationship between them just cannot be. Being the Chamberlain is certainly a high status position within Ventrishire, and therefore, I think he could try with her, so why not make a move on Love? However, he won’t because of two reasons, firstly, he knows that she loves Wilkin and second, Milus just doesn’t think of himself as worthy.
While Milus can hold his own with anyone, he does have one weakness by letting his low birth hold him back. Nonetheless, the video below showed me that while the relationship between Milus and Love may not have been a romantic one, it nonetheless grew to be one of “respect and devotion.” As Milus is leaving to do battle, Lady Love reveals her fondness for him. Milus turns and replies to her saying, “I am fond of you as well, Lady Love.” That’s a statement which made by someone less talented, might have seemed very simple, but the way Stephen Moyer expressed the gesture was, for me truly the most beautiful scene in the entire series. Stephen delivered it with much affection and gratitude, yet still guarded. We saw this earlier, when Milus reached out to touch Lady Love’s hand, wanting to, but couldn’t bring himself to do so.
Watch the scene below:
While they might not have a romantic attachment, its very apparent that Lady Love has come to rely on Milus’ counsel and shows her fondness again when she rushes to him and hugs him when he returns from battle.
They then sit down to discuss the babe she is supposed to be carrying and both know is all a lie. With no child in her womb, something will need to be said in a few months time to the King and she asks Milus what they will do. While Milus still wants her to consider a marriage to Pryce, he tells her gently, “We’ll handle it with ‘grace,’ Love.” As he leaves her he casually mentions that the Punisher has gone to the Music chamber to see the healer which I assume is a sign that Milus knows she is anxious to see Wilkin. Perhaps she will be able to have a child with Wilkin and Ventrishire will be saved. Sadly again, we’ll never know if this happens.
MILUS AND FRENCHIE
How can we forget the episode where Milus who had just been humiliated by Piers Gaveston came to his chamber and took out his anger on his manservant, Frenchie. He beat him so brutally that we all were worried Frenchie might have died from his wounds. Luckily, he didn’t and we saw him in the last episode where Milus, in passing, gently touches his cheek. Now, in Milus’ new state of grace, he continues his kindness toward the servant. In the last scene with Frenchie, Milus notices that the boy doesn’t have a coat as he is about to leave to drop off Jessamy at the insane asylum. Milus tells him that the journey will be a cold one, then gives Frenchie his own coat from off his back and softly touches his cheek. I doubt the old Milus would have been so gracious to anyone, let alone a manservant. It was another kindness I enjoyed seeing from Milus.
MILUS AND ISABEL
On a lighter note in the episode, and in Milus’ last scene, we see him make a pass at Lady Love’s servant, Isabel. Could it be that these two will get together? I’d like to think that maybe they do. Isabel’s common sense and intelligence would be a good influence on Milus, don’t you think?