Almost as quickly as it arrived, Spike wrapped up the third and final night of its hit miniseries “Tut.” With the conclusion of the successful historical drama behind us, it’s worth taking a look back at some of the finale’s most memorable moments.
After the fate of Tut’s love interest Suhad (Kylie Bunbury) was left in question following the night two conclusion, things ended on a pretty low note. With the Mitanni army looming outside the walls of Egypt and the pharoah’s own priests scheming to take him out to suit the gods’ will - the deck was stacked against Tut (Avan Jogia) before the opening credits even rolled on night three.
To help make sure fans didn’t miss a single moment of the action-packed finale event, below is a rundown of some of the biggest moments from “Tut,” night three.
The episode opens with the Mitanni threat in full force. The son of their leader comes to Thebes to offer Tut a one time chance to surrender to the Mitanni rule and save the inevitable bloodshed that his outnumbered people would face at their hands. The Mitanni army outnumbers the Egyptians three to one, but their food supplies is dwindling. They’ll need to attack in the coming days and Tut sees that as an opportunity.
To thank the Mitanni for their generous offer of surrender, which he promptly rejects, Tut sends back bread and wine for the weary troops. While they’re feasting, drinking and celebrating their inevitable victory over the Egyptians, Tut and Horemheb (Nonso Anozie) sneak 40 of their best men into the Mitanni fortress. They rain flaming arrows on the camp, which they’d made a huge explosion risk by hiding accelerant in some of the wine jugs. With the Mitanni stronghold a flaming wreck, the king has little difficulty assassinating both the Mitanni leader and his son. However, he doesn’t do it before the son manages to wound the great pharaoh with his weapon of choice, a comically large Gallagher-style war hammer. With a severely broken leg and a victory over the Mitanni empire, Tut races back to Thebes to deal with the next problem at hand, high-priest Amun (Alexander Siddig) and his plot of assassination.
Good news for all the Suhad fans out there, she managed to survive the clever assassination scheme of Ankhe (Sibylla Deen). Apparently, the Egyptian soldiers didn’t wait for all of the sick people to be burned alive and settled for smoke inhalation, leaving behind many survivors barely clinging to life. One of them ended up being the pregnant Suhad. This is tragic news to Ankhe, who lost her baby and only claim to power in the kingdom. She needed to ensure that this commoner didn’t end up the mother of the king’s only male heir. As it turns out, she wasn’t alone in this prospect and both Amun and Ay (Ben Kingsley) were in on the idea as well. Unfortunately, none of them can touch her in her weakened state without it looking too suspicious.
However, once the pharaoh leaves, Ankhe takes it upon herself to rectify the situation. She’d been debating killing Suhad and making it a public spectacle throughout the entire episode. In the end, with Tut racing back to the city from the Mitanni stronghold, Ankhe pulls the metaphorical trigger and strangles Suhad in bed. Tut returns to find his love and child dead, and he’s got a pretty good feeling that it was Ankhe’s doing. He imprisons her and, just like that, an heir to Tut’s throne is officially out of the question.
With the Mitanni defeated, Suhad dead and the pharaoh unable to tell which of his men are and aren’t loyal, except for Lagus (Iddo Goldberg), he limps back into Thebes to battle Amun’s assassination attempt in a very weakened state. Just when it seems like Ay, Horemheb and Amun were all plotting against him, Tut learns exactly what the power of being a good rule means. It turns out Ay and Horemheb chose to stay loyal to Tut and warned him of Amun’s plot. The pharaoh was able to send a body double in his place and, with the help of the general’s loyal army, cuts Amun’s throat and tells him that he will not be given a burial ritual. Thanks to his treason, he’ll be doomed to wander the darkness of death for all eternity. With one flick of his blade, King Tut silences the last of his enemies. Unfortunately, it came at a price.
Given that the only thing most people know about the real-life King Tut was that he died, the writing was on the wall for how the Spike miniseries would finish its run. Tut was warned that if he tried to walk on a broken leg, the resulting injuries would be too much for physicians to cure and that he would be dead by nightfall. Still, the king had to finish his fight against Amun and chose to accept the end of his life rather than see Egypt fall into chaos. With Ay the next in line for the throne of Egypt, Tut feels he can pass away with his civilization in great hands. Although Ay ends up being a bit of a morally questionable ruler in the eyes of history, for the purposes of the miniseries, it ended on a somber but high note for the interests of King Tutankhamun.
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