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Every word Athos utters in Episode 2.04
  • And dangerous.
  • You know it is an act of treason to raise an army without the King’s authority?
  • What does the King say about all this?  Will he meet her?
  • Mmm.
  • I’m going to drink.
  • No.
  • Yes.
  • If we’re all quite ready?
  • But you won’t tell us the exact nature of the threat?
  • Is there any chance Emilie did kill Perales?
  • We’re outnumbered ten to one.
  • I don’t think so.
  • Your visions are from soup, not God.
  • Her body still craves the drug.
  • This is only the beginning.
  • Shh.
  • Get her some wine.
  • Shh.
  • She should be herself by now, if she even knows who that is.
  • I can’t touch you while you’re the King’s mistress.
  • You’re no more capable of changing your nature than a scorpion.
  • The past is never dead.  But we are finished with each other.  From now on, we will be strangers.
  • What truth?
  • She’ll find her own way back to Him:  the right way, if there is one.

163 words.  28 of them have more than one syllable.  That means that over 80% of them are monosyllabic.  Only 8 words have three or more syllables, or only 6 if you leave out the proper names, leaving 96% with one or two syllables.  This has got to be a record, even for the taciturn Athos.  

Eight of the 28 words with more than one syllable (6 of 26 leaving out the proper names)—or about 30% of them—come in his conversation with Anne de Winter, which, brief as it is, at 41 words comprises 25% of all the words he speaks in the entire episode.

Even granting that it was not an Athos-centric episode, and that several lines must have ended up on the cutting room floor, this is some amazing writing.  Kudos to the episode’s writers, Ryan Craig and Adrian Hodges, and also of course to Tom Burke, who communicates far more than mere words every moment he’s on screen, and who ad-libbed the line:  “Your visions are from soup, not God.”