The use of prophetic visions has always made me raise my eyebrows, cause these moments are generally used as a fast track way to create or resolve conflicts (except in ‘Logan’, cause that was perfect); but while watching a series, the very basis of which is magic and gods; prophetic visions are common place and the more dubious, the better it is for the story. Till now they have been pretty vague to what it actually means, but this prophetic vision brings in a twist to the story- as in- that it is Cait who will defeat the Romans. It is interesting to see that Aulus and Divis (the outcast) saw it at the same time and it makes them go after her for different reasons- one to prevent her from fulfilling her destiny and the other to ensure that she fulfills it. The vision is a direct continuation from the one shown in episode one, with Aulus riding on a horse and holding the SPQR banner up high, here it’s Cait holding the banner as both men watch on.
While reviewing the previous episodes, I have always stated that huge parallels seem to be going on between Cait and the new queen Kerra. As such their first meeting is prophetic too: Keera understands that the writing on her neck, which stated that ‘hope is the younger daughter of a blind father’, doesn’t apply to her anymore, it actually does to Cait. So she tries to make her feel comfortable in her own skin by reassuring her that her father indeed loves her too, eventhough he thinks that his eldest with the flaming red hair was the special one. As a form of reassurance, Kerra gives Cait her old dress which she got in her naming ceremony. This has a lot of implications, it means that Cait now has a vestiges of a name given to her by the same dress which the queen wore during her naming ceremony. Additionally, while Cait’s father thinks that girls with flaming red hairs are special, this is inverted from two points- one from his own daughter and the other from the point of the Queen, who too has red hair; but inspite of being a royal, she isn’t the chosen one of the gods to protect the land against Romans. This subversion is delicious to see.
The political conflict and ceasing of land is slowly coming to a head as Queen Antedia is ready with her army to attack Canti with the Romans, but Aulus tells her to stand down her army till dawn since he believes that the new Queen (appointed, all courtesy of a pact between Aulus and Veran) will behave more amicably. Kerra on the other hand, is a clever and rational Queen, she invites Aulus to discuss the matter but she only agrees to think about taxes after five years of observing how the alliance with Rome goes. But an discussion is not the only thing David Morrissey’s rugged Aulus is after, he also seeks the child with the blind father, he inquires Keera about it, but she feigns ignorance. But at the last inopportune moment due to divis cornering Cait, Aulus comes to know about her too and thus begins the war on all sides. Keera is able to fend off Aulus from Cait but she knows she has brought on the war which she wanted to avoid upon her people.
Queen Antedia’s Regnae army is sure to attack Canti with the Romans at dawn, Phelan has fled, the Queen’s sister in law is actively betraying her now, Cait and her father’s lives are in danger and the new Queen is utterly cornered from all sides- from family and from enemies. It’s a mess but the conclusion is near too and it seems like history will again repeat itself, as it did with Julius Caesar. Rome will be defeated. It should be noted that veran addresses Aulus as Rome, he himself is the symbol of the great power and he is the one to be defeated, just like Caesar.