War is com­ing

The pi­rates and mis­fits in Black Sails are fac­ing all kinds of new threats in sea­son 3.

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Black Sails Sea­son 3 Sun­days (from 12 March) His­tory Chan­nel (*186) 21:10

A storm is brew­ing on Black Sails (2014- cur­rent) and we’re not talk­ing about weather from Cape Town, where the show is filmed. Cap­tain James Flint (Toby Stephens) wants re­venge af­ter his beloved Mi­randa Bar­low (SA actress Louise Barnes) was killed in sea­son 2 episode 9 (19 June 2016) and he then es­caped ex­e­cu­tion in episode 10. In a fit of rage, he turned to the dark side and de­stroyed Nas­sau in a blaze of can­nons and fire.

Now three months af­ter Nas­sau was de­stroyed, Flint’s de­mons have taken con­trol “and he’s a bit crazy. He is hell­bent on killing ev­ery mag­is­trate that ever hanged a pi­rate,” says se­ries cre­ator Jonathan E Stein­berg. “It comes across that Flint doesn’t re­ally care any­more, but he’s a man with a plan. The more mag­is­trates he kills, the more Eng­land is go­ing to come and then he can take them on too.”


While Flint is off ter­ror­is­ing the world in the name of pi­rates, le­gendary sea robber Ed­ward Teach – known bet­ter as Black­beard (Ray Steven­son, Vol­stagg in the Thor movies, 2011 and 2013) – sails into port in episode 1 to find Charles Vane (Zach McGowan), whom he men­tored back in the day. “Teach is look­ing for an heir and Vane is that man,” says Ray. But that’s not all – Jonathan teases that Black­beard plans to “set­tle some un­fin­ished busi­ness, which could mean trou­ble for Flint…”

Adding to Flint’s (and Black­beard’s) woes is Woodes Rogers (Luke Roberts), the newly ap­pointed royal gover­nor who also ar­rives in Nas­sau in episode 1. Team­ing up with pi­rate sup­porter Eleanor Guthrie (Han­nah New), Woodes wants to re­store or­der but his stance on par­don­ing pi­rates turns stone cold af­ter he meets Flint – he or­ders “from now on, pi­rates will be hunted and hanged!”


As with all pi­rate sto­ries, death is part and par­cel. In episode 9 (7 May), Eleanor, who’s buddy-buddy with Woodes and now sup­ports his views, or­ders one of the main char­ac­ters to be hanged, which has se­ri­ous con­se­quences for Flint, Black­beard and ev­ery other pi­rate in the port of Nas­sau.

Cap­tain Flint (front left) and the crews are bring­ing more pi­rate pil­lag­ing to TV.

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