Pilot, Part 1
Season 1, Episode 1
Aired on September 15, 2015
Written by Kurt Sutter
Directed by Paris Barclay
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Pilot, Part 1 is the first part of the series premiere of FX's The Bastard Executioner, which aired on September 15, 2015. It is the first episode overall.


Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in the charge of King Edward I, trades his sword for a peaceful farming life — until the violence of his past finds him and forces him to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.


Wilkin Brattle is having dreams about a battle he fought in five years ago. All of his teammates are killed, leaving him as the only survivor. The enemies gather around him, so he is unable to flee. One of the enemies hits and knocks Wilkin on the ground, then stabs him in the side. Some time after the enemies have left, Wilkin is woken up in the dream by a hallucination of a girl. She tells him that he must put down the sword and begin again as a farmer. Wilkin agrees to do as she says. Wilkin wakes up from his dream and finds his wife, Petra. The two converse about their unborn child. Petra says that Annora is predicting that they will have a son.

In Castle Ventris, Erik Ventris is having sexual intercourse with his wife, Lady Love. After they are done, Erik voices his concern that this will likely be another failed attempt at having a child due to the many times they've tried and failed for a child before. Trying to reassure him, Lady Love insists that the gods will bless them with a child this time. Erik leaves and Lady Love's handmaiden comes in. Her handmaiden asks her if she wants a bath, but she tells her that she wants something more.

Wilkin and Petra walk around their village, and have a playful conversation with Ash y Goedwig about his strange affection for his sheep.

Back at Castle Ventris, Erik decides to raise the taxes on his fiefdoms. His chamberlain, Milus Corbett councils Erik by telling him to crack down on the peasants in an attempt to keep the peace.

Toran Prichard and a group of other villagers ride on horseback to inform Wilkin of the impeding taxation. Toran suggests that they ambush the collectors come nightfall. Wilkin initially disagrees due to his pledge to lay down his sword, but Toran and the others eventually convince him. Just they are about to set off, Ash pleads with Wilkin to allow him to accompany them as well. Ash tells him that he could prove to be useful as he knows his way around the woods very well. Wilkin acknowledges his usefulness and allows him to accompany them, but insists that he doesn't assist with the ambush. Petra voices her disapproval of rebelling against Ventris, assuming that it will end badly for them. Wilkin insists that this is the only way. Meanwhile, Annora tells her companion, The Dark Mute that Wilkin's violation of his promise to lay down the sword is a sign that God is putting him on their path.


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Episodes of The Bastard Executioner
Season 1 "Pilot, Part 1" • "Pilot, Part 2" • "Effigy / Delw" • "A Hunger / Newyn" • "Piss Profit / Proffidwyr Troeth" • "Thorns / Drain" • "Behold the Lamb / Gweled yr Oen" • "Broken Things / Pethau Toredig" • "The Bernadette Maneuver / Cynllwyn Bernadette" • "Blood and Quiescence / Crau a Chwsg"
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