Just based on the rumors about Luke Roberts possibly playing Roger Woodes next season, I’m going to speculate a little bit about what I think is going to happen:
be warned, I might have gotten a little carried away and paranoid
- Things we know: The dude standing next to Eleanor in the Season 3 sneak peek looks very much like Luke Roberts, he’s a naval officer it seems. Historically, Woodes was known to end piracy in the Bahamas and become it’s first Governor, he served 2 terms. He also had a wife and kids, but his wife separated from him eventually. He also spent time in jail on account of debt because he practically went bankrupt. He’s known to be a rival of Charles Vane in particular and he made many attempts to capture Vane, which were all unsuccessful. He even sent Hornigold, the pirate hunter, to trap Vane but that too was a failed attempt. Vane plotted with Blackbeard to have Woodes overthrown as well, and thanks to the Season 3 spoilers, we know Blackbeard is very much in the picture now. Charles also rejected many pardons that came his way and fought for piracy till the very end.
^Keeping this history in mind, I think it’s very possible for the writers to make this war even more personal for Vane if Eleanor is somehow forced to marry this Woodes guy. We know her father is dead, who was already estranged from his family in Boston, we know she has no friends left, and she’s in a precarious situation as it is. I can see her proving her allegiance to England by something of this sort, a marriage of convenience perhaps? It could also be a clever move on her part to stick close to people who have plans for Nassau in order to regain control of that place somehow down the line. I think for her to overcome her reputation as the *queen of thieves* and to prove to England that she’s on their side, she’s going to have to take some drastic measures, not just for survival but for her vision. She can still just *ally* with Woodes instead of flat out marrying him, but I can see that as a possibility too, if only to make this war between her and Vane even more personal. Imagine the hate Vane would have for this man, someone bent upon not only exterminating piracy, but who’s also married to Eleanor. It would certainly be an interesting twist in the Vaneeleanor dynamic.
Also, I think, being married to a man of power, at least for the time being, Eleanor would be in a position to extend such pardons for pirates, especially Vane. She can easily use her position to influence how piracy is dealt with, and in a way, this might eventually be her grand gesture of proving her loyalty and love to Vane, basically trying to help save him, like he’s saved her so many times before. As a character, we have grown to expect betrayal from Eleanor, but I think the woman in Season 3 will be one who’d learned from her past choices, and it would be a great turning point for her character if, in the end, she chooses people she loves over everything else. I can see the writers surprising us when it comes to her.
However, Vane, stubborn as he is, will reject all forms of aid because he’d rather die than be pardoned by Woodes. He’d be too far gone in his vision for Nassau and it’d be too late for him to back down, and tbh he wouldn’t even want to. That’s how the historical pirate was, he wasn’t ashamed of who he was and he didn’t think there was anything to forgive to begin with. Show Vane is very much the same in that sense.
In any case, I can see the show going down this path to make his end even more tragic and powerful. Also, it would be a great symmetry for Eleanor’s character to finally get what she always wanted for Nassau, but it came at the cost of losing everyone she loved, and also a loss of freedom for her as well, because she’d be tied down to this Englishman, playing the role of a dutiful, proper English wife. I can see her being totally unrecognizable from the Eleanor we adore and love so much for being utterly wild and living her life on her own terms. Sadly, I don’t think her end is going to be a happy one. Both she and Charles are, ultimately, very tragic characters to begin with.