The Essex Serpent Episode 5 Review: I Break Things

Apple TV+ The Essex Serpent Episode 5 is titled ‘I Break Things’. Directed by Clio Barnard, the 47 minutes episode is written by Elinor Cook. The show stars Tom Hiddleston as Vicar Will Ransome, Claire Danes as Cora Seaborne, Frank Dillane as Doctor Luke Garrett, Clémence Poésy as Stella Ransome, Hayley Squires as Martha, Jamael Westman as Dr George Spencer.

The synopsis reads, “Set in Victorian England, the series follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.”

The Essex Serpent Episode 5 Review Contains Spoilers

Cora, Martha and Frankie are back in London after the drama that happened in Episode 4. However, Cora is having a hard time staying away from Will. At Essex, the villagers are still looking for Naomi, who’s gone missing. They suspect the serpent is behind her disappearance. Will is full of guilt, and seeing Stella sick makes him sad. Stella decides to get herself checked by Luke in London.

The Essex Serpent Episode 5 is full of fallouts and fights. Martha and Cora argue over Frankie’s future. Will and Stella arrive in London with their kids. Stella has Tuberculosis, but she refuses any treatment. Later, Martha tells Luke not to get too involved in Cora as he’ll be the only one to get hurt. With Will and Stella being in London and Luke being in love with Cora, things have become very complicated. Sometimes, it seems like there’s no serpent, but it’s the diseases that are killing people.

Episode 5 was majorly set in London, and it was a depressing watch. Cora seems to be pushing away everyone who loves and cares for her. She seems to be doing that for Will. But is Will feeling the same way for her? We find the answer in the last 5 minutes.

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Claire Danes was brilliant in today’s episode. She’s the one breaking her bonds, pushing people away and breaking things. Seeing her go through so much confusion and anger leaves us wondering what’s going on in her mind. We know for sure that she can’t stop thinking about Will. With only one episode left, the chances are she will return to Essex. But the problems are bigger there.

The Essex Serpent Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, today’s episode had more of an emotional layer to it. Hearts and things were broken, and someone got brutally physically hurt. One cannot easily guess what’s going to happen next. But it’s going to be one hell of a season finale.

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The Essex Serpent Season 5 Review: Cora and Will are having a tough time being away from each other.

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