The biggest reveal in this episode was learning that Milus truly wants the best for Ventrishire and that he wishes the Baroness to rule (only with his guidance, of course). However, Milus will need all of his cunning to make this happen and in this installment, we see him sow the seeds to insure that these goals will be achieved.
Baroness Lady Love has left for Windsor to see King Edward I in order to learn about the future of the shire. While she is away, Milus uses his wits to insure that the shire is safe by sending an invitation to neighboring Baron, Edwin Pryce under the Baroness Lady Love’s name. Milus has devised a plan to convince Pryce that the joining of their two shires will benefit them all.
When Pryce arrives with his chancellor, Henry Dyer, at first they are not happy that the Baroness is not at home. Milus tells them that she had only departed yesterday (she really left over a week ago) and that he felt it was better to let them continue to Ventrishire instead of sending them word of her absence since they were already more than half way there. The real reason for the deception is that Milus wants time to meet with Pryce alone and hopefully, win him over to his plan that he knows will benefit them both.
When they do finally meet, Milus tells Pryce of his plan to join their shires. Even though Ventrishire has more debt than resources, Milus suggests that with additional men and resources, they could clear the rugged beach and build a port on their coast that would allow larger seafaring vessels to dock. This would make Ventrishire the center of all imports and exports west of the marshland and therefore, earn a tariff for them on all goods coming and going.
While Pryce seems interested, he reminds Milus that it is a decision for the King. However, Milus knows of Pryce’s past similar plan and if, in addition, he weds the Baroness, the land will be his by right. Pryce reminds Milus that he is already married, but Milus points out that Pryce’s wife “has consumption and that her illness has grown beyond the prospect of a return to wellness.”
When Pryce objects to his suggestion that his wife might die, Milus apologizes saying, “sometimes my love of a brighter future clouds my reason; I am, I confess a bit of a dreamer.” Pryce accepts his apology and seems interested, but he mentions two obstacles to Milus’ plan, his chamberlain Henry Dyer has influence with the King and losing his position would wound his pride and therefore he would be no help. The other obstacle is that perhaps his wife will survive. Milus answers by nodding his head and saying he will “give both, deep thought.” Note: Somehow I think Pryce’s wife is history, or soon will be at this point.
Now that Milus knows that Pryce has an appetite for his plan, he must begin to make it a reality by getting rid of the first obstacle, Pryce’s Chamberlain, Henry Dyer. Not only is Dyer standing in his way of becoming Pryce’s Chamberlain, but Dyer also knows that Brattle is not Maddox. So, not only is it to Milus’ benefit that he die, but it’s important to Brattle’s as well.
Milus spends the rest of the visit wooing Pryce further while he decides how he will get ride of Henry Dyer. He decides to get his “executioner” to do the deed.
He brings chancellor, Henry Dyer, to the execution room where Brattle is having his meal. Milus warns Dyer to keep his suspicions about Maddox to himself, but he refuses, saying that the Baron will be informed. At this moment, Milus punches him in the face with a mighty blow and he goes down flat on the floor, unconscious.
This gives Milus time to order Brattle to finish the deed and kill him. He says that it’s imperative that he never be able to utter the truth about Brattle not being Maddox. But Brattle refuses saying, “I will not; this is your poison,” Milus takes him by the shirt saying “this is our mother’s milk, this is what we are, what we know.” Brattle replies, “I’m not a man who does this.” As Brattle opens the door to leave, he sees his three friends – Ash, Berber, and Calo – captured in the hallway below and being used as leverage against him. Milus tells Brattle that they have been “taken into the custody of manner law under the suspicion of a brutal and satanic murder.” He further tells Brattle that, “everyone you love or care about is either dead or in my grasp to make that so. He (Dyer) is a pompous annoyance; God will cheer when he drops down to Hell. Give it a natural twist, drunk, hit his head, something simple and I will make sure that his death is to be found as an unfortunate accident. ”
Brattle decides he now has no choice and proceeds to kill Henry Dyer by choking him with a meat bone.
At the end of the episode we see Milus with Pryce saying goodbye. Milus has won today with Dyer now dead and Pryce in his pocket, too.