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Black Sails Preview: 5 Knots For “XXX” To Untie

As any good season premiere should, “XXIX” opened up plot lines as wide as the horizon. Everyone was out for revenge on someone else, and no one’s plans went as expected. Episode 402 certainly won’t wrap up any major plot points this early in the season, but here are five knots in the story that viewers are anxious to have untied (with three bonus sneak peeks at the next episode!).

Knot #1: Governor Woodes Rogers’ financial obligations. Rogers confessed to Eleanor in last week’s episode that he’s on the brink of financial ruin. His ex-wife’s family is pressing his creditors to demand repayment, and only someone with more influence or more money can save him. Luckily, Eleanor seems to have someone in mind. Her grandfather holds both money and power, but will he be willing to help his wayward granddaughter?

Knot #2: Long John Silver’s captor. The legend of the Pirate King is growing by the day, making him a target for both the British and rival pirates alike. There’s also the matter of the rather large bounty on his head. Silver is a valuable prize, to be sure, but mysterious captors never turn out to be quite as expected on this show. Does this mysterious man have an interest in Silver as a person, or is he only seeing gold?

Knot #3: the internal power struggle among the pirates. Flint, Madi, and Billy are locked in a battle for leadership. Billy has the loyalty of the men he’s been training to follow the legend of Long John, but Flint won’t take kindly to being underneath his former protégé. Madi, meanwhile, is using her knowledge of the whereabouts of the Urca gold to make sure she keeps a seat at the table. She’s on a mission to free all the slaves of Nassau, and even her missing lover won’t deter her from it.

Knot #4: Captain Teach and his crew. When the attack on the Fort went south last episode, Teach ordered his crew to about face and head for the open seas. His plan worked just as expected, and the Governor ordered pursuit. By drawing off at least some of the pressure, Teach allowed Flint and the other survivors to escape. But did Teach, Jack, and Anne escape capture as well?

Knot #5: the fate of the captured pirates. 121 members of Flint’s and Teach’s crews were captured in the attack on the fort. Governor Rogers has promised them all a swift but fair trial. Based on usual British practices, those verdicts are unlikely to come out in the pirates’ favor. What will their fate be, and will their sentences be carried out?

Episode 402, “XXX,” premieres Sunday February 5th at 9 pm eastern/ 8 pm central on Starz. Subscribers can also watch full episodes online or on the Starz mobile app. Check back to FanFest.com for episode previews, sneak peeks, and recaps.

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