Tonight on HISTORY their new drama series Knightfall premieres with an all-new Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 episode and we have your Knightfall recap below. On tonight’s season 1 episode 1 premiere called, “You’d Know What to Do,” as per the History synopsis, “A chronicle of the 14th-century demise of the Knights Templar, who were persecuted, tortured and burned at the stake in 1307. In the premiere, Landry fears for the Order following the Battle of Acre, but the Templars take up their swords again when the blood of a brother is shed.”
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The Holy Land, 1291
It is the Siege of Acre – Night 43. Landry (Tom Cullen) meets with Rashid (Akin Gazi) who asks for refugee in the name of Allah; he questions if their God is listening as they have lost Jerusalem and every Templar stronghold in the Holy Land and will lose the Grail too. Rashid says they have 100,000 men with more coming, and the forces of Egypt and Syria. Landry stays confident saying they have God on their side. Rashid says the Sultan is no longer listening, as he wants the Grail, he demands they surrender or die; those are the choices. Landry tells him then they shall die.
At the Templars prepare for war, they are reminded that nearly 200 years ago, 9 knights founded their order to protect Pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem and today they have a stronghold in the Holy Land and they will never relinquish it. It is more than just this city, and the men and women; today, they fight for the Grail. Every life they take, but no more and remember the answer to God just like they fight for God by the grace of God. They exit the walls and attack with a great formation, taking everyone and everything down in their way.
Godfrey (Sam Hazeldine) tells Landry to get the Grail, as there is too many of them. All is lost and they will meet at the docks, ordering him to go now! As they open the tomb and place the Grail inside the chained chest, Landry learns they have been betrayed and the docks are compromised. Landry hears someone cry out for help, he orders the knights to get the chest on the ship and he goes back to help. The mast is lowered as Landry attempts to make it back to the ship, a knight jumps in front of him, taking an arrow in the knee saving his life; they leave the port, watching as the city takes mass devastation. They promise to return just as their ship carrying the Holy Grail is hit and sinks to the bottom of the ocean and everything is lost.
15 Years Later, Paris
Landry walks the halls when King Philip (Ed Stoppard) attempts to catch him off-guard. William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden) interrupts them, which doesn’t please the king but he asks Landry to go see the Queen who doesn’t leave her room much these days. He tells De Nogaret to find another way to get money and not from the Templars; he suggests taking the money from the Jews, but Philip says he isn’t that kind of King, he prefers to be loved by the people.
Landry wanders the city, where he hears someone talking about how the Jews will steal their babies and crucify them. Landry is reminded of his vows of chastity as he looks at a beautiful woman. He joins the brothers, they pray and then Tancrede (Simon Merrells) talks about finances; each of them suggests Landry talk to the king about repaying the money he owes them. Landry says they are warriors, they are supposed to fight for the Holy Land and give safe passage for pilgrims; but instead, they ignore the treatment of the Jews. He is interrupted and told the Jews are not their problem, as they are not to involve themselves in city affairs.
Landry is furious, feeling it has been 15 years and the Sultans are fighting among themselves, the Mongols are attacking from the East and if they act now they could do it. Godfrey says it is for God to decide; he tells Godfrey he loves him but God has forgotten them. Godfrey notices an orange on a wall, and says he must leave immediately, he tells Landry he is to be Master in his absence and he is right, they must protect the Jews, but won’t explain anything else.
Landry feels something is wrong with Godfrey and he is right when he suddenly is ambushed in the forest. A young girl and her boyfriend are talking when they see a Templar knight begin chased by highwaymen; he shouts for Marie to go, as Godfrey is told to talk. Parsifal (Bobby Schofield) saves Godfrey from immediate death but he still gets hurt and knows he is dying. He asks Parsifal for his sword, telling him to take the sword to Paris and find the knight named Landry there and he will know what to do. He says God’s Kingdom depends on it. Marie is worried about him leaving, but he feels he needs to, riding off with Godfrey’s sword on his back.