The Royals Season 4 Episode 8 Review: In The Dead Vast and Middle of the Night

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Before a royal wedding, there's a royal bachelorette and bachelor party. 

But on The Royals Season 4 Episode 8, neither event went as planned. 

Despite her objections, Eleanor and Queen Helena threw Willow a "hen party" complete with massages, champagne, and a chocolate fountain. Sounds relaxing, right?

I'm a Ghost - The Royals Season 4 Episode 8

That is until Willow's masseuse turned out to be Cassandra who laced Willow's essential oils with LSD. Is that even possible?

Cassandra is the type of girl that you run far away from the moment you meet her. Her motives aren't in the right place; she's vile, manipulative and desperate for the crown. 

And she seriously thought that drugging Willow the day before she had to face the Committee would put a wrench in her ability to become Queen.

For starters, Cassandra's palace privileges should be revoked immediately. In fact, King Robert should probably overhaul the whole security team because they keep letting imposters into the palace. Jasper's father, Jasper's ex-girlfriend, and now, Cassandra.

Cassandra may be bright, but she underestimated Willow and how resourceful and resolute she is.

Thankfully, Willow has Eleanor in her corner who knew exactly what it was like to be on such a bad trip. She took care of her, guided her and gave her some sound advice on becoming a royal. 

Willow: What happened?
Eleanor: Ugh, well, someone drugged you. And then you lit yourself on fire. And then you pretended to be a ghost. And then you knocked yourself unconscious.
Willow: That’s exactly how I feel.

Without Eleanor, I don't think Willow would have had the courage or strength to face the Committee. 

Since there are so many Willow skeptics, the writers tried to make her more likable, and they succeeded greatly! Some of the best moments of   The Royals Season 4 came from Willow being high out of her mind! 

Out of Control - The Royals

She thought she was a ghost, she touched the Queen's boobs, she watched as Eleanor turned into the Wicked Witch of the West;  I've never laughed this much during an episode of The Royals -- great job Genevieve Gaunt! 

Of course, she also attacked Queen Helena and almost drowned her in a chocolate fountain after she hallucinated and thought it was Cassandra. On a brighter note, at least the gooey stuff that Helena got covered in wasn't blood like I first imagined.

Willow: I nearly drowned her, the Queen of England. I nearly suffocated her in a vat of chocolatey goodness.
Eleanor: There are worse ways to go.

I'm still unsure when it comes to Willow's loyalty. Following her speech to the Committee, I truly believed she was in it for love. But when she finally saw her fiancee after a night from hell, she couldn't care less.

There was so much animosity between them; I wonder if she's truly playing for Team Liam. 

That brings us to Robert's stag party. It was a bit more business-oriented and served as the announcement that he would be abolishing the British Parliament for good. 

At the King's Table - The Royals Season 4 Episode 8

Now, the Parliament is responsible for making laws, debating issues at hand, approving government spending, challenging the government, etc. Basically, without it, Robert can do whatever he wants, and no one can stop him. 

And that's dangerous. 

Just as I imagined, Liam and Cyrus weren't feuding. Instead, they were plotting a massive takedown because Cyrus foresaw Robert becoming power-hungry.

Liam hitting Cyrus over the head with a glass and knocking him out was all planned to prove Liam's loyalty to Robert.

And it worked! Liam gained Robert's trust and got a seat at the table as his left-hand man. The best way to undermine someone is to be on the inside!

The real shocker came when it was revealed that Kathryn was also assisting them and that she never really fell for Robert's seduction trap. Whew, that's a relief.

Angry Liam  - The Royals Season 4 Episode 8

Hey, maybe Liam found a good girl after all. With everything Robert has done to her, I'm not surprised she wants her revenge. 

Though I have to ask, did Robert pursue her out of spite or genuinely to prove a point to Liam? 

And how did Liam know Robert was going to hit on Kathryn? Did Kathryn tell him what happened and he seized the opportunity to make his brother think everything was fine between them when he was secretly working against him?

Everything they are doing is risky because if Robert even gets an inkling about it, he'll ban them from England and they'll all be seeking asylum! 

In addition to Liam, Cyrus, and Kathryn, Aston Lang, the man Cyrus befriended in the embassy agreed to help them in their quest. 

What's Next? - The Royals Season 4 Episode 8

Robert isn't doing much to warrant any sympathy, especially after how he treated Jasper. I'm surprised he's still his bodyguard.

It's despicable to watch Robert think he's better than everyone else; talk about letting power get to his head. 

Jasper brilliantly held his own against the royal and even stuck it to him by beating him at a game of pool and telling him none of the men in the room deserved their nobility. 

You have to handle Robert the way he should be handled -- like a grade school bully. 

Seriously, why does he hate Jasper so much anyway? 

And how sickening is it that the most respected men in England didn't even stand up for him when Robert called him "the help" and ordered him out of the room. 

"Robbie" really deserves a good punch in the face. It's too bad Liam didn't miss Cyrus and stick it right to the King. 

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I really hope Liam and Cyrus light everything he's "worked for" up in flames with Jasper's assistance. Since he's always in such close proximity to the King, he'll give them an advantage. 

Pretty soon, Robert's whole circle will have turned against him! 

In the words of Jasper Frost, this place is so weird. 

If you're addicted to all the royal drama,  watch The Royals online and leave your thoughts below! 

Were you surprised that Kathryn ended up being a double agent? Do you think Willow loves Robert? Will the Queen ever confess to Eleanor about her dalliance with Sebastian? What do Cyrus and Liam have in store for Robbie?

In The Dead Vast and Middle of the Night Review

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The Royals Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Willow: What happened?
Eleanor: Ugh, well, someone drugged you. And then you lit yourself on fire. And then you pretended to be a ghost. And then you knocked yourself unconscious.
Willow: That’s exactly how I feel.

Willow: I nearly drowned her, the Queen of England. I nearly suffocated her in a vat of chocolatey goodness.
Eleanor: There are worse ways to go.