Galavant Recap: Of Wars and Weddings (and Season 3?)

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So far on this season of Galavant, Isabella is finally free of her betrothal to her kid cousin, King Richard is no longer a king (although his beard remains magnificent), and Galavant is chomping at the bit to rescue his fair princess. Also, there’s a lizard named Tad Cooper.

Will Galavant and Richard reach Isabella in time? Will Madalena fall prey to the temptations of sorcery? WILL WE GET A THIRD SEASON? Spoilers ahead!

Episode 9— “Battle of the Three Armies” or “This Isn’t Game of Thrones”

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ABC

After a rousing recap song performed by the jester, the armies of Valencia and Hortensia prepare for battle. King Gareth is excited to fight, but becomes confused and disheartened when Madalena says that she won’t be joining him, instead choosing to watch the war from afar with Wormwood and cookies. The evil pair, who are saving the D’DEW for the most crucial moment, observe as the armies clash right on top of what happens to be Chef and Gwynne’s new house shack. Galavant’s zombie army joins the fray, and despite all the odds, Richard stays alive and kicking.

While on the battlefield, Gal and Isabella finally meet again and after a slap or two, they work out their misunderstandings. They decide to get married if they make it out of the war alive, because what better place to propose? At the same time, Gareth comes face to face with Richard—Gareth has by now realized that Madalena lied to him and sided with Wormwood’s dark arts, and the two make up.

From on high, Wormwood has spotted that someone down below is wielding the Hero Sword. He shows Madalena how to use the D’DEW, and they turn the zombie army against Gal and his gang. The heroes flee the battlefield, taking shelter in the castle. Madalena comes to parlay, and attempts to take Gareth back with her. He refuses, choosing to stand with his old friend Richard instead. Although Madalena loves Gareth, her hatred for Isabella and her love of war prompts her to unleash the undead army against them.

Cue the 30-second long cliffhanger!

Episode 10— “The One True King (To Unite Them All)” or “The Deconstruction of the Princess Myth”

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ABC

While waiting for their temporary barricade to be flooded by zombies, Richard reflects on his childhood. Although spoiled, he always wanted to be liked just for being himself, not for being royalty. As a kid, he dreamed of doing something amazingly heroic—now, he’s pretty sure he’s gonna be eaten by an undead person.

Luckily, the tide of the battle turns when Sid arrives, backed by an enormous army of minor characters under a rainbow flag. Free to leave the castle, Isabella tracks down Madalena for a showdown, while Richard finds Wormwood. As they begin to fight, Wormwood appears to have killed Tad Cooper. Blind with righteous fury and a glorious beard, Richard defeats the war/wedding planner, proving that his Hero Sword has shown him to be the one king to unite the Seven Realms. In case you were worried, Tad Cooper is totally fine, btw. Meanwhile, Madalena has been defeated by Isabella, but is stopped by Gareth before she can leave Hortensia. He begs her to give up the D’DEW, but she can’t lose her recently acquired taste for ultimate power. Using her new magic, she disappears (but not before confessing that she does, actually, love him).

Richard departs to catch Roberta before she leaves for Spinster Island via the Spinster Express (which comes with a cat starter pack and honestly doesn’t sound that bad to me). Roberta is relieved that Richard didn’t die a gruesome death, and goes back with him. They attend Gal and Isabella’s wedding, officiated by Weird Al the Singing Monks. Our hero and heroine choose to settle down by the sea, where Gal can write poetry and Isabella can wear some different clothes, for a change. Both seem content to leave the life of action behind, at least for the time being. Still on the hunt for a fight/rescue mission/anything, Gareth asks Sid to accompany him to save Madalena from herself. As for the queen? She travels to a creepy castle resembling Maleficent’s fortress to meet with the magical guru the Dark Evil Lord (DEL). And last but not least, Richard and Roberta have settled down somewhere, and tiny Tad Cooper has grown into a real life dragon because REASONS.

What We’ve Learned So Far

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Ultimately, I don’t have enough good things to say about Galavant. Season two blew season one out of the water. It was witty, the songs were catchy, and the jokes landed. And to top it all off, we had more believable character development than on serious shows. We had characters defy stereotypes, while also laughing at themselves and just generally being more clever than any other comedy currently on the air. This underdog medieval extravaganza has officially cemented itself as one of my favorites, and I’m praying for its renewal.

Crossing my fingers til next year,

The Collected Mutineer

P.S. We’re headed to SDCC, but we need your help

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