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Ever since the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the plethora of wannabe next great fantasy series has grown exponentially. But we are far from getting another amazing medieval series which makes us want to wait for another full season to sate our thirst. From what we’ve seen from the first season of the new Netflix series, The Letter for the King season 2 cannot come soon enough.
The Letter for the King is adapted from the book of the same name written by Tonke Dragt, about a young knight in training whose future and destiny means leaving everything behind, on a quest to find himself and his place in the age-old prophecy. Familiar fantasy tropes aside, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked and also provide an escape for about six hours during these tough times.
Watch: The trailer for the first season of The Letter for the King
The series is not without flaw though, there are plenty of things that get you to scoff and scratch your head, and the first episode does not do anyone any favors. The introduction of multiple characters in the span of the first 50 minutes is way too much to take on. Half the time will be spent on trying to figure out which riders and characters are which, but as the story progresses, the three best things about The Letter for the King shines through, the heartfelt performance of Amir Wilson as Tiuri, the conniving charm of Lavinia, played by Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, and the amazing horse, Ardanwen, of the Black Knight.
The sweeping shots of the Czech Republic and the green wilderness of New Zealand helps as well, and this is something we want to see more in The Letter for the King season 2. The Netflix series hasn’t been renewed yet, but still, we wanted to talk about the things we want to see more of if The Letter for the King season 2 happens. Also, we will be talking about SPOILERS, so be WARNED; if you are yet to see the series, then come back when you are done.
Queen Alianor Revelation – What to Make of the Twist at the End?
Queen Alianor sneaked her way into probably becoming a villain in The Letter for the King season 2.
Source: Emilie Cocquerel Instagram
To say there were numbers of twists and turns in the later parts of the first season of The Letter for the King would be an understatement. Whether it is the massive power reveal at the end of the fifth episode or the subtle reveal at the start of the final episode inside Prince Viridian’s tent. The story may have a conventional theme to it, but the surprises really come out of nowhere, which was genuinely refreshing.
The power reveal, we will talk in a while, but the subtle implication around the half-hour mark of the finale has more implication for The Letter for the King season 2. As the six and final episode of the first season was picking up pace, we see Queen Alianor, played by Emilie Cocquerel, make her way inside the tent of Prince Viridian, played by Gijs Blom, while he is not there.
Queen Alianor seems to be the villain we will get if The Letter for the King season 2 happens.
She goes through his things and finds a chest near the dressing mirror, which has a carving knife and six vials with something in them. The Queen of Unawen hides before Viridian enters, and he senses something is wrong, which is why he goes and checks the vials. He finds them in a weird position, and after looking at them for a few seconds, he looks at the mirror to see the reflection of the Queen, who is still peering from her hiding place.
The next scene is what really got us excited, like the way the power was not with the person we thought conventional wisdom dictated, the same could be true for the dark powers. The last frame of the shot shows the Queen with dark eyes as the darkness covers the white parts of her eyes. Viridian is surprised, but we do not know what happens next, but then the last shot of the finale also hinted the darkness was not gone.
Queen Alianor seems to be the perfect villain for The Letter for the King season 2, and those two shots do as much to set the whole thing up. Last time when darkness came, a hero for the light expelled it from the three kingdoms, and maybe this time darkness is playing the long game by sacrificing a pawn to understand who is fighting for the light, and Queen Alianor will slowly dispatch all her enemies.
What will be the Fate of Lavinia and Tiuri in The Letter for the King Season 2?
The two best characters for the first season of The Letter for the King were Lavinia, played by Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, and Tiuri, played by Amir Wilson. They were the co-leads of the series, so it is understandable why we fell in love with those two and their differing personalities, Lavinia, always looking for a score, and Tiuri, the righteous one, always seeing the best in people.
There was a moment in episode four where they were kinda forced into a romantic relationship, without no previous indication that they wanted it in the first place. But by the time the series came to its finale, there was genuine chemistry between the two. We also need to talk about the massive pull the rug from under our feet moment where we find out Lavinia was the one with powers and not Tiuri.
Tiuri and Lavinia’s romance seemed a little forced but by the end, it was earned.
Lavinia having the powers and being the prophesied hero was a beautiful misdirection from what was told from the first episode. It was a beautiful surprise and something the show needed to break the conventional chosen hero mold. But what is next for the two lovers in The Letter for the King season 2?
In the finale, we saw the four remaining novices who helped with the quest coming together for the knighthood ceremony. But Lavinia only stood there and watched all the boys get the credit for what she always wanted, a reward. In The Letter for the King season 2, we will probably see a character shift for Lavinia, she is the one with the light and no longer will she be driven by getting the best score.
The most probable direction Lavinia and Tiuri will head in will be to find Lavinia’s mother. The pictures of her showed her as some kind of a princess with what looked like a crown on her head. Lavinia did say her mother was from a wealthy family, and maybe on their quest, Tiuri and Lavinia will find why she is the one with the powers and also the secret behind the voices Tiuri keeps hearing.
More of Arman, Piak, and Ardanwen in The Letter for the King Season 2 Please!
Okay, before we first went into the first season of The Letter for the King, the one thing we were hoping for was Jussipo, played by Jonah Lees, to have a good song and for Arman, played by Islam Bouakkaz, being a good character. We got a good song from Jussipo, but for the first four episodes of season one, we hated Arman.
Then, he goes and gives a pep talk to Tiuri and turns his back on his father; that was the character we came to see. It was so much fun to see Arman bossing everyone around and later being a good friend to all his friends; one’s he ridiculed and belittled because he came from a powerful family.
Ardanwen was the scene-stealer and we need it more in The Letter for the King season 2.
The other great character from the first season was Piak, played by Nathanael Saleh, the little brother of Jussipo, who is the most cheery of all the novices. He goes into deep explanations, and there is no filter between what he thinks and what he speaks, which is why he is the funniest of the group. Piak was the flavor the novices needed to make their team a whole thing, and we enjoyed every scene he was in.
But the scene-stealer of the whole series was Ardanwen, the horse of the Black Knight, who becomes an ally of Tiuri in his quest to deliver the letter. There is so much character in the beautiful beast, and the constant trying to kill Tiuri and not letting Lavinia get on his back was the funniest moment of the series.
So, please, more of the three characters in The Letter for the King season 2. The side characters ground the story and also make it more entertaining since we will not be having Jussipo back; these three definitely need to be there to add some levity and fun to the dark story.
Iona’s Journey with the Red Rider in The Letter for the King Season 2
There was always something sinister and selfish desire about Iona, played by Thaddea Graham, we just were in denial, thinking she is with the good guys. Yes, there is a lot of baggage that comes along with Iona, with the death of her parents and the rich people always getting ahead of her because of their parents and money.
But her betrayal of her friends just to become a knight was not exactly a quality an ideal knight, protector of the land, and people should have. Even after she was taken back by the novices in the finale of the series, she betrayed them again and caused the death of Jussipo, something we can never forgive her for.
So, it is nice she is going off with the leader of the Red Rider, those two villainous traitors deserve one another. And if The Letter for the King season 2 does happen then, we know Iona will be back to cause the novices, now knights, some problems. But if she never crosses path with other members of the original group, then we would be fine.
Something We Wished We had More of – Jussipo and Foldo’s Romance
Jussipo and Foldo’s romance burned quick and it was nice to see.
Death puts life into perspective; that is a true statement, in the face of death, people are more in touch with their inner feelings. Though Foldo, played by Jack Barton, looks like the one who would flip on the whole team, he is instead the one with the purest of hearts. Foldo does not want to steal, he does not want to hand over Tiuri, and he also has difficulty expressing his feelings because people shush him before he can even complete his sentences.
Before the finale, Foldo and Jussipo are sitting by the fire as Tiuri is gone, and Arman is off looking for him. Piak is asleep, and the fire is burning during the night, Jussipo starts to sing, and he then asked Foldo what he wanted to do before he died. Their death was looming large as the novices were sure Viridian was going to kill them, which is the reason for the question.
Jussipo will be missed in The Letter for the King season 2.
Source: Jonah Lees Instagram
Foldo thinks and, without any hesitation, kisses Jussipo, who is both happy and surprised by the sudden burst of affection. It came out of nowhere, which is why it was a beautiful expression of love between the two. The next thing we see is the two talking through the night and smiling at one another.
Out of the three romantic sub-plots in The Letter for the King, this one between Jussipo and Foldo was the shortest, but this was also the best one because of what happened to their budding love only hours later. Jussipo is killed inside the palace in the arms of Foldo, and the life not lived between the two is the heartbreaking moment, which really makes us wish the romance went into The Letter for the King season 2. But Jussipo is dead, and we are all poorer for it.
When will The Letter for the King Season 2 Release?
Since the show was released only hours ago and with the current pandemic going around the world, it is unlikely Netflix will announce any cuts or addition to the streaming service any time soon. The most likely time we will know the fate of The Letter for the King season 2 is during the summertime.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production for the second season is also unlikely to start until late 2020 and the start of 2021. So, the release date we are probably looking at, if The Letter for the King season 2 happens, is around the summertime in 2021. But till then, enjoy the first season, which is currently streaming on Netflix, worldwide.