Wolf Hall – Episode 6 Review

The series and the books are enjoyable but they are works of fiction, especially the former since it is based on the latter which is historical fiction. Anne slapping Jane, shocked me and it was way out of place and also asking the other men to dump her in the river. I found it very ironic that Cromwell was so self-righteous that he seemed about to cry every time he questioned somebody or say somebody. Like he was forced to do these things by these ‘evil’ or ‘mean’ people. As for the scene with Smeaton. I found it ironic too, because in episode 4 or 5 he is telling More that he is evil because of the men he tortured yet the series omits that Cromwell tortured men too. Not personally of course, but he gave the order, he turned a blind eye and yet they make him look justifiable.
I did like that the men (including George) executed before Anne, and later Anne, were more human in this at the hour of their trial and finally their deaths. Anne (Foy) did redeem herself here, you certainly felt for Anne at the end of this episode. It was very sad.

Through the Eyes of Anne Boleyn

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (book cover) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (book cover)

The episode starts with Cromwell imagining/hallucinating Anne being dragged across the table and looking at him. It is a strange scene and I know he is thinking about how to get rid of her, but seems odd anyway. Afterwards, Cromwell talks to Anne. She complains about him sending for Lady Mary when he found out the King was dead. She asks about her and her daughter and tells him that whoever has been made can be unmade. She is referring to getting rid of Cromwell, yet we know Henry has charged him to get rid of her. Ironic.

Anne Boleyn warning Cromwell Anne Boleyn warning Cromwell

We later see a scene that isn’t mentioned much yet has been recorded. Apparently Anne had noticed that Mark Smeaton was sad and asked him why, but he wouldn’t tell her. She said he was lucky for her to speak to…

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