Esquire Network’s second scripted series, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, is slowly carving a nice little fantasy niche for itself (a la Merlin) with this sumptuous ITV production starring Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) in the titular role of the mythical hero.
The 13-episode series is a reimagining of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem written between the 8th and 11th centuries and features characters from the Old English text as well as brand-new ones — one of whom is David Harewood’s (Supergirl) wise and loyal Scorann, Thane of Wisdeth.
In this exclusive clip from Episode 3, set to air this coming Saturday, Scorann and Thane Slean (Ed Speleer, Eragon, Downton Abbey) make a dangerous and daring escape attempt from the dangerous brigands holding them captive. Will they succeed? Check it out.
Below is a detailed synopsis for the upcoming episode airing Feb. 6:
With Slean and Thane Scorann missing, Beowulf and Rate, Thane of the Varni, charge out into the forest in search of them. But with the Gathering fast approaching and Rheda’s bid for leadership depending on the hope of ever-loyal Scorann’s vote, Beowulf questions whether their disappearance might be more than a simple coincidence. Beowulf and Rate continue their journey, tracking deep into the forest and are soon reminded that the Shieldlands are a dangerous place when they are set upon by Warig creatures. With their pride firmly at stake, some one-upmanship ensues and the men race after the creature, which leads them to a bigger, more dangerous situation where their steel is put to the test. Having overcome the Mudborn who were baying for their blood, they soon close in on Slean and Scorann’s trail, and an Outcast straggling behind the main group holding the Thane and Rheda’s son Slean captive, leads them one-step closer to uncovering the truth behind the kidnapping. Now, almost in touching distance of their people, Beowulf hatches a plan to secure their release, however their success is not without injury or cost and one of our party pays with their life during the battle for freedom, whilst another realizes the shocking truth of Herot’s traitor.
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands also stars Joanne Walley, Laura Donelly, David Bradley and William Hurt. The series airs on Esquire Network Saturdays at 10/9c.