We hope you’re well and safe and enjoying the waning days of January 2021. Today, we’re thrilled to discuss Season 2, Episode 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV — the gorgeous sets and costumes, the smart plot and character choices, the power of strong adaptation, and the delicious appearance of Matthew Roydon’s earring.
If you’re catching this on release day, be sure to tune in for AMC’s A Discovery of Witches Season 1 marathon TODAY at 1pm EST/10am PST. You can also tune in for Deb’s #Witchalong discussion of Season 2, Episode 3 at 2pm EST/11am PST on Instagram and Facebook Live. You can ALSO join us tonight, 24 January 2021, at 6pm EST/3pm PST to live tweet Season 2, Episode 3 using the hashtag #ccalchemy.
As you might have noticed, our release schedule for the pod is running slightly behind the release of episodes and our live tweets — we made the conscious choice to go slowly this season in order to prolong the magic for as long as possible. We hope you’ll join us for the long haul and that you’ll send us your questions and ideas. We love hearing from you.
With great celebration and joy and fanfare, the day we’ve waited for is finally (FINALLY) here! In this episode, we’re discussing the breathtakingly beautiful, dramatic, moody premiere of A Discovery of Witches TV on Sky, Shudder, AMC Plus, and Sundance Now.
Today is the day when we can finally gush–in extraordinary detail–about costumes and sets and lighting and adaptive choices and casting and the work of art that is the second season of this remarkable series. In addition, we get to talk about HATS and Matthew being a clever little sausage. Lucky us. So, without further ado, please pull up a chair and let’s get this Elizabethan Vacation off to a grand and glorious start.
As a side note, we 100% goofed and forgot how to podcast and this episode has a little bitty spoiler section between 1:06h-1:14h. In the future, we will relegate those naughty little buggers to the Spoiler Corner.
We’ll be live-tweeting every episode of A Discovery of Witches TV Season 2 as the series is released on streaming platforms, so please join us every Sunday evening at 7pm EST, 4 pm PST using the hashtag #ccalchemy.
Because the universe (and La Harkness) are generous indeed, Deb will be doing a #Witchalong every Sunday at 11AM PST, 2PM EST on her Instagram and Facebook. Peep her details below:
In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans squealing with joy about this remarkable premiere. We can’t wait to connect with you and celebrate the triumphant return of Matthew and Diana and all of our favorites.
Darlings! The day you’ve been waiting for is ALMOST HERE. Well, if you’re in the UK, it’s already here. But the rest of us just have ONE WAKE UP until A Discovery of Witches TV returns on Shudder, Sundance Now, and AMC Plus.
We can’t wait to share our coverage with you; this is an amazing season and we’re thrilled to have the privilege of discussing it with you. We’ll be on Twitter for the next ten weeks live-tweeting each episode as it’s released in the US and delivering our episode discussions via our podcast feed every two weeks. The schedule for our events is as follows:
Saturday, 9 January – 7pm EST/4pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×01
Saturday, 9 January – 8pm EST/5pm PST
Episode 90 – TV 2×01
Sunday, 17 January – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×02
Sunday, 24 January – 12am EST
Episode 91- TV 2×02
Sunday, 24 January – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×03
Sunday, 31 January – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×04
Sunday, 7 February – 12am EST
Episode 92 – TV 2×03
Sunday, 7 February – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×05
Sunday, 14 February – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×06
Sunday, 21 February – 12am EST
Episode 93 – TV 2×04
Sunday, 21 February – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×07
Sunday, 28 February – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×08
Sunday, 7 March – 12 am
Episode 94 – TV 2×05
Sunday, 7 March – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×09
Sunday, 14 March – 6pm EST/3pm PST
Live tweet of Episode 2×10
Sunday, 21 March – 12am
Episode 95 – TV 2×06
Sunday, 4 April – 12am
Episode 96 – TV 2×07
Sunday, 18 April – 12am
Episode 97 – TV 2×08
Sunday, 2 May – 12am
Episode 98 – TV 2×09
Sunday, 16 May – 12am
Episode 99 – TV 2×10
Sunday, 30 May – 12am
Episode 100 – TV Season 2 Wrap Begins
You can join any of the live tweets using the hashtag #ccalchemy — we’ll cue up the episode together at the recap and have a little fun commenting and watching together. We’re taking advantage of the staggered release schedule here in the US to enjoy ADOWTV slowly like the delicious present that it is.
Did you know that Deb is magic and that she’s incredibly kind? She’s also hosting a live tweet tomorrow at 7pm PST/10pm PST AND giving us the gift of her time for a watch discussion every Sunday at 11am PST/2pm EST. You can find more of the details below on her Instagram page.
We can’t wait to celebrate this magical premiere with you tomorrow during our live tweet. To stay in touch, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers. We’ll be keeping episode discussion posts open for your comments, your thoughts, your excitement, and your delight!
For those who have read Shadow of Night, it’s no surprise that the stars of the TV series hint at a darker, more brooding tone for Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches. In an interview today for Radio Times, Teresa Palmer said:
“I’m getting to know him again in this time. It feels like a totally different Matthew in moments. It really throws [Diana] for a loop. And again, she feels quite isolated.”
Teresa has another interview out today with HeyGuys.com that’s worth a read– find it here. Despite the shadowy tone of Season 2, we’re thrilled to get a chance to explore the drama and mystery that television can bring to the more melancholy, elemental side of Shadow of Night. We’re planning get in the mood by watching this trailer over and over and by listening to Deb’s Shadow of Night playlist on Spotify.
We’ll also be dreaming of the pounding hooves, the dark alleys, the villainy, and the candlelight you can see throughout this trailer from Sky:
With only five days remaining in our countdown to Season 2, it’s time to follow Deb and A Discovery of Witches TV in relishing every single tiny detail the art department created for the series. When we talked about adaptation a few days ago, we briefly mentioned the kind of work and imagination that goes into taking a story from one medium to another — as a reader, you might envision a set–Philippe’s office, Matthew’s study, Diana’s bedroom–in broad strokes. You might fill it with “furniture” or “objects” or “clothes” in your head, or you might leave bits in shadow while your imagination focuses on the characters and what they’re doing on the page. One of the great challenges of imagination and scale for a TV adaptation is taking, for example, “Philippe’s study” as a concept and turning it into a real, organic space in which actors can tell a story.
Because we’re positively spoiled in this fandom, we have tremendous access to the set dressing and artwork of A Discovery of Witches TV even before the premiere. Deb’s #book2screenmagicmonday posts give us the chance to see set dressings up close — handwritten letters in Matthew’s attic, the embroidery on a de Clermont livery saddle pad, the carvings on Matthew and Diana’s period-appropriate bed.
The man in charge of the magic, production designer James North, gave a fabulous interview to Entertainment Weekly at the start of Season 1. In that interview, he talked about creating the overall “feel” of the production and giving it that magical depth:
Though every set is grounded in reality, the series’ tale of witches, vampires, and daemons automatically calls for a heightened magical element. However, North says it’s really not all that different from production design on any project. “It’s almost a slightly heightened reality we’re producing,” he says. “You do things which aren’t normal. You would never color-coordinate how your cereal boxes line up in your cupboard, but that’s the sort of thing we would do.”
We can’t wait to see the rich colors, the intense detail, the care and craft that went into each set in Season 2. If you could take a deep dive into any setting in Shadow of Night, where would it be? Where would you pull every item off the shelf and look in every corner?
We’ll celebrate the premiere of Season 2 with a live-tweet on Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 7pm EST. Use the hashtag #ccalchemy to join us and invite your friends!
In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans dreaming about the magic and wonder of Season 2. See you tomorrow!