– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Carnival Row Season 1.

The first season of Carnival Row had a good number of twists and turns throughout. Of course, we had the twists involving Philo’s parentage, but perhaps the most engaging ones for me revolved around the political side of things, with Jared Harris’ Absalom Breakspear, Arty Froushan’s Jonah, and Caroline Ford’s Sophie Longerbane.

The early part of the season saw Jonah kidnapped by his own mother in what appeared to be an attempt to guarantee Jonah’s own wellbeing, should Absalom’s bastard son, Philo, actually come forward to claim it. However, the one who actually set the whole plot in motion was none other than Sophie, the daughter of Absalom’s political rival.

In the closing minutes of the season, Jonah discovers this reality through a forged ransom letter penned by Sophie herself. In that moment, Jonah found himself at a crossroads. He could do the right thing and turn her in, or he could double down on their alliance against an impending rebellion from the Fae. He chose the latter.

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I had a chance to speak with Arty Froushan regarding this moment in parliament at the end, and here’s what he had to say:

“That scene for me, personally, was like fueled a lot by the fact that he was hardened. I think the betrayal that he feels he has been dealt by his father and his father’s lies. He feels like he’s been played for a fool. And he’s finally realized that, and he thinks that the person to lead him out of that is Sophie.

“So he and obviously that slightly dodgy assumption on his part. I think he’s really stunned. He’s really wounded by the death of his father, combined with the betrayal that he feels he’s experienced. So, yeah, that was a very emotionally charged scene for me to play. Jonah doesn’t really spend a lot of time looking ahead into the future. And, in that scene he kind of really see him finally fix his eyes on the horizon, with the help of Sophie guiding him. And, so, I think, you know, he feels like he’s really stepping into, you know, the future he only recently realized was destined to be his so.”

Of course, these actions have consequences outside of the general immorality. Sophie comes from a line of bigots, and in this moment, Jonah seems to be going all-in with those politicians who seek to keep the Fae down at all costs. While we don’t know what the season holds, it does seem like things will be getting a lot more difficult for our Fae leads.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.