Spoils of War Troy: Fall of a City


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Spoils of War

Eight-part adaptation of Homer's classic tale. An attack on Cilicia devastates Troy and puts the spotlight on Helen. A dispute erupts between Agamemnon and Achilles.


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This programme contains some strong language, some violent scenes

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and scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

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Odysseus is strangling the life out of us to provoke a reaction.

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I've no option but to impose rationing on the whole city.

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If we can dig from both sides,

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in two months we'll have a supply line from the sea.

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-What is it?

-Fortified wine.

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It worked when I was trying to conceive.

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The king sacrificed his own daughter to appease the gods in coming here.

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Where's your Trojan Prince now?

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Gone to seek help from some loyal ally?

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Make sure he never gets back to the city.

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Cilicia. Does that name mean anything to you?

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Son of Zeus, and Leto,

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great Apollo,

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Eros...

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help us to feed the people of Troy.

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Bless our cause.

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Help us to feed the people of Troy.

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Bless our cause.

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Help us to feed the people of Troy.

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Bless our cause.

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Help us to feed the people of Troy.

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Bless our cause.

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Help us to feed the people of Troy.

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We're safe!

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-Brother.

-We've broken through.

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-They're preparing a full supply.

-They're preparing a full supply!

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-A full supply!

-Thank the gods!

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ALL EXCLAIM

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Are you sure you aren't sending too much?

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The people of my daughter's city are starving, Chryses.

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There's no such thing as too much.

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WHISTLING

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Brother, do you hear that?

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By Apollo...

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Father!

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SHOUTING AND SCREAMING

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BATTLE CRIES

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SCREAMING

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Take the town.

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Myrmidons!

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Burn it all!

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CHEERING

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Get word to my daughter.

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Tell them to close up the tunnels.

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THEY GRUNT

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SHE GASPS

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SHE SCREAMS

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-Get to Troy.

-Briseis!

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Argh!

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SHE GRUNTS

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INDISTINCT CHATTER

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BELL DINGS

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Forward! Formation!

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Strong leather!

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This time tomorrow, the city's going to feel like a different place.

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We're still at war.

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But we're fighting. The supply line will bring hope,

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prove to our people that whatever the Greeks do,

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Troy won't be defeated.

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You're the one who's made that happen.

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It just feels good to do something for once.

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The bread, yes, here.

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I thought we deserved it.

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It's been a while since we had cause to celebrate.

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Feels wrong to have this much.

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Well, soon we'll have more.

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THEY GIGGLE

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Get help!

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SHE VOMITS

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SHE GASPS

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You don't have fever, Madam.

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No

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THEY LAUGH

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Hector, Alexander...

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-Where've you been?

-I'll explain.

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..you risked your lives to give this city a lifeline.

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Today, we eat and drink in your honour.

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-ALL:

-Hear, hear.

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Sir...

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I came through the tunnels... from Cilicia.

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What happened?

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The Greeks...

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..a surprise attack.

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They set the fields alight,

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destroyed the supplies.

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The whole city was burning.

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Did my father make it out?

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-THEY CHANT:

-Myrmidons! Ah-ooh! Myrmidons! Ah-ooh!

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CHANTING CONTINUES

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Look at this!

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First time I've seen you take a spoil.

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-Let me see her.

-She's not on parade.

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Well done, Achilles.

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We're fortunate to have you on our side.

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You're not her.

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She's the priest's daughter.

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-She's mine.

-But, Sir...

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I said she's mine.

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The Greeks never came near the tunnel entrance.

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It's possible they didn't even know about the ration supply

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It doesn't matter. We can't allow an open route into the city.

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We need to shut the tunnels down.

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Father, they're our only way out

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Do you want what happened to Cilicia to happen to us?

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Fill them in...

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..now!

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If Cilicia was attacked because they helped us,

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then we're the reason those people are dead.

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Eetion chose to lend us aid.

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It was a decision he made willingly, with knowledge of the dangers.

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-No.

-Don't let this crush your spirit, son.

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DOOR CREAKS CLOSED

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Is this a punishment?

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Don't.

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Without Cilicia, we will starve.

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Cities are lost in war.

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Questioning every defeat will send you mad.

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The gods are with us.

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My father knows.

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We're the ones to blame.

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This isn't your fault.

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I helped dig the tunnels.

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I brokered the alliance.

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Who else does it fall on?

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Paris.

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He said it was Achilles.

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What?

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The messenger,

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he said that Achilles led the attack, and murdered Eetion.

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I swear on the gods,

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if I ever meet him in battle, I'll tear him apart.

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That wound will fester.

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You should use the ointment.

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I'm sorry you lost your home.

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War is war.

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Cities fall.

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But I didn't bring you here because I wanted a slave.

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I brought you here because I thought you deserved to live.

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Still refusing to use this?

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I know that you don't trust us yet.

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But the man behind me chose you for his own.

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That makes you safer than any man or woman in this camp.

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See? All it takes is just a little...

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HE GASPS

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Cut me free...

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..or I kill him.

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I spared you once.

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I don't like repeating myself.

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Your choice.

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HE GASPS

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Don't fear me.

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I have enough men for that.

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Andromache.

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-Continue.

-My Lady...

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Stop! What are you doing?

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I need to see my father's body.

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Do you ever think you'd make it there alive?

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I'm a woman in mourning.

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They'd let me through.

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Then let me go with you.

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But you need to give me time to plan safe passage.

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It has to be now.

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You're sweating.

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-I'm fine.

-Are you sick?

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No.

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I'm...

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Go.

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Now.

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Why didn't you tell me?

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You would have never let me go.

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My love,

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we will tell our child that their grandfather was good,

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and strong, and he would've loved them deeply,

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but now it's up to us to live.

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For his grandchild.

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So nothing I offer you will please you.

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I had no choice, you know.

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The gods gave me no choice.

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We should toast.

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This was her favourite.

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I forbade her to drink more than a goblet, but she always disobeyed.

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She knew.

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She knew I had to do it.

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And she forgave her father for doing what had to be done.

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To forgiveness?

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You do not deserve forgiveness.

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And I thank the gods that you are no father of mine.

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SHE SCREAMS

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HE GRUNTS

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Where are your gods now?

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-SHE SCREAMS

-No!

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No!

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SHE SCREAMS

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Please!

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SHE SOBS AND SCREAMS

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Please! No!

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Apollo sees everything.

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He will punish you.

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HE GASPS

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Aphrodite...

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..tell me what to do.

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Can I ask you something?

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Of course.

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What would you do

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if you were told that someone close to you was dangerous,

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the cause of terrible things?

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And this person...

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..do they seem violent?

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Evil?

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No.

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In fact, you'd only really seen them trying to do right.

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I'd say I was being led to distrust someone who didn't deserve it.

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This war will test us, Hector.

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The years will drag, our rations will shrink, and our men will die.

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The city needs us to stand strong.

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If we lose faith in each other...

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..Troy will fall.

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WOMAN SCREAM

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Nice to be king, isn't it?

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SCREAMING CONTINUES

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The Myrmidons fight the fight,

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but who gets to fuck the winnings?

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Hey.

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Men!

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What's going on?

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HE VOMITS

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-It's the only way I can think of.

-We only have warhorses left.

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-We can't afford to lose them.

-Then I'll give up my own.

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It's a small price for a man's soul.

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If it was you, I would do anything I could.

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What's going on?

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Andromache believes that no-one has performed

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her father's funeral rites.

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Your brother wants to hold the ceremony here,

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to permit Eetion safe passage into Elysium.

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-But Eetion's body...

-..is inaccessible.

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We'd have to offer a holy vessel in his place.

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-A vessel?

-A horse.

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HORSE TROTS

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Are you sure about this?

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You make sacrifices for the people you love.

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Even if it makes you hate yourself.

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Got here last night.

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Don't move. Just stand there.

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Watching us.

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We should gut them.

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It's a good idea.

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You might replace Agamemnon as Apollo's favourite.

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That's my father.

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Here to fight for your return?

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He doesn't need to.

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This sickness takes hold fast.

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This is Apollo's wrath.

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Indeed.

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Your leader violated his priest's daughter.

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A single king has the power to damn a nation.

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Patroclus...

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..you need to rest.

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More came in this morning.

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A few more weeks, and the sick'll outnumber the healthy.

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We came here to fight Menelaus' cause.

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And now we die because his brother won't give up his plaything.

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Is this honour? Is this what it means to be a warrior?

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We came here because a Trojan disgraced a Greek king.

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We're loyal to Agamemnon.

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You shouldn't let this sickness make us forget that.

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HE COUGHS

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You all right?

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GATE OPENS

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HORSE TROTS

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HORSE SHRIEKS

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HORSE PANTS

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THUD

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May you cross over, Father.

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Is it enough?

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It is.

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You did a good thing.

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I can't unsee it, Madam.

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SHE GASPS

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Sorry.

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My town was hit with a plague like this.

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My mother taught me a remedy to slow the sickness.

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He was kind to me.

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What happened with the plague?

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People died.

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My parents included.

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It passed in the end, but this is different.

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Agamemnon has slighted Apollo. The sickness won't lift

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until Chriseis is returned.

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HE SPLUTTERS

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He's bleeding from the inside.

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-What the hell are you...?

-Men are dying out there. My man is dying.

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All because you won't give back your new toy.

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-Get out...

-Give her back!

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Or I will.

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I can't be the only one thinking they acted on inside knowledge.

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-That's a dangerous accusation.

-Forgive me, Madam,

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but it's also a valid theory.

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The tunnels were a confidential operation.

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Cilicia was our greatest ally.

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There are 100 reasons the Greeks would've wanted it gone -

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none of which involve treachery.

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Can we really just dismiss this as coincidence?

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If there's even a chance someone here gave Cilicia up...

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We owe it to the dead to find out.

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We can work quietly.

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Interview everyone who knew about the tunnels.

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At least eliminate the possibility of a traitor inside Troy.

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But our people are loyal.

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Why treat them like suspects when the city is in recovery?

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I don't believe that Cilicia was a chance attack.

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The Greeks must've known what it meant to us.

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Even if they did, it doesn't mean they learned that from a Trojan.

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Paris, all of this will only cause Andromache more pain.

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And if there is a traitor?

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How do you think she'll feel seeing them get what they deserve?

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Let the gods bear witness...

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we hereby return the daughter of Apollo to her rightful temple...

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..and relinquish all hold upon her.

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-Chriseis.

-Father!

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DISTANT: Men, ready!

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Must be agonising,

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seeing those from home, and not being able to go back with them.

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Only Cilicia was never really your home, was it?

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The mark of a Trojan exile.

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You're Litos,

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Priam's high priest.

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Once.

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Why would a king banish his gateway to the gods?

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You saw something?

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Knew something he didn't want getting out?

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The gods gave you power to guide the future of men,

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yet you huddle in silence.

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I serve the gods in my own way.

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You do Priam's bidding.

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I tried

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to prevent this war.

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-He wouldn't listen.

-Look around.

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The earth is soaked with Greek and Trojan blood.

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If the gods granted you knowledge to tip the scales,

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they intended you to use it.

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What do you know?

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I thought we were done with all these questions.

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Yes, well...

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-I suppose they're on edge after Cilicia.

-Still.

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The idea of a spy inside the city, it's unthinkable.

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Aren't you one of the royal servants?

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I saw you at the funeral.

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Excuse me.

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Madam, shall I prepare your bath?

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I think I'd prefer to be alone tonight.

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Actually, there's one more thing you could do for me.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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What are you doing?

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Just breaking into tomorrow's wine ration.

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Haven't seen you do this for a while.

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We've questioned everyone involved in the tunnels.

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No-one knows anything that might point to treachery.

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That's a good thing, isn't it?

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I just wanted some kind of justice.

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You wanted someone to blame.

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Someone else.

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Anyone who dies in this war, it's because I started it.

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Alexander,

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we fight with you,

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not because of you.

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We're family.

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We stand together.

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It's how we're going to win.

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They've been asking questions.

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The soldiers from the palace.

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Have you told them anything?

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Not yet.

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I was Achilles' target.

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When he walked out of my chamber,

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I never thought there'd be consequences for anyone else.

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I know how much I'm asking of you.

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We don't have to be on opposing sides.

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I hope you'll remain in our employ.

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You're a loyal servant.

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You're getting stronger.

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-And you're holding back.

-HE GRUNTS

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You almost died, Patroclus.

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I'm hardly going to beat you bloody.

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Because you could?

0:40:130:40:15

Argh!

0:40:150:40:17

I told you.

0:40:220:40:24

Argh!

0:40:240:40:26

-You seem better.

-I am.

0:41:040:41:07

Achilles told me you looked after me when I was sick.

0:41:070:41:10

Thank you.

0:41:100:41:12

I'm glad you didn't die.

0:41:130:41:15

Where've you been?

0:42:380:42:40

You've been drinking.

0:42:490:42:51

I needed to.

0:42:550:42:57

What happened with the interviews?

0:43:030:43:07

You were right.

0:43:090:43:12

We're not about to unearth a traitor.

0:43:120:43:14

I love you.

0:43:340:43:36

What are you doing out here?

0:43:400:43:42

Are the Greeks going to win?

0:43:420:43:45

HE SIGHS

0:43:450:43:47

They burned Cilicia.

0:43:470:43:49

They could burn us too.

0:43:490:43:50

I don't want Troy to lose.

0:43:520:43:54

Come with me.

0:43:560:43:58

-Close your eyes.

-What?

-Just do it.

0:44:060:44:10

I want you to picture the Trojan shore.

0:44:100:44:13

The way the sand melts from light to dark.

0:44:130:44:16

Now imagine you're flying over it.

0:44:180:44:19

Across the great plain of wild flowers

0:44:210:44:23

spread out like patchwork under the sun.

0:44:230:44:25

You're heading for the walls.

0:44:270:44:29

Those great gates stretching towards the sky.

0:44:290:44:32

Over the threshold and now you're inside.

0:44:330:44:37

Across the streets.

0:44:370:44:39

Soaring across the citadel towards the palace.

0:44:390:44:42

-Do you see it?

-I see it.

0:44:440:44:46

Good.

0:44:460:44:48

Open your eyes.

0:44:480:44:50

However this war ends, you close your eyes,

0:44:510:44:54

and Troy will always be there.

0:44:540:44:56

OK.

0:44:580:45:00

Achilles!

0:45:440:45:46

Achilles!

0:45:530:45:55

How's Patroclus?

0:46:270:46:29

Doing better.

0:46:290:46:31

Good news.

0:46:310:46:33

Patroclus recovers.

0:46:340:46:36

Achilles gets his best man back.

0:46:360:46:38

All is well.

0:46:380:46:41

Yet here stands Agamemnon.

0:46:410:46:43

Stripped of his prize in front of his men.

0:46:430:46:47

Forced to do the bidding of an inferior.

0:46:470:46:49

-Brother...

-Silence! I am king here.

0:46:490:46:53

You are my warrior.

0:46:530:46:55

I never pretended to be anything than what I am.

0:46:550:46:58

Good. Then you will understand.

0:46:580:47:00

Since I was forced to give up something precious at your demand...

0:47:000:47:05

..you will return the favour.

0:47:060:47:08

I want her.

0:47:100:47:12

The Trojans never wronged me.

0:47:180:47:19

I came here for you.

0:47:210:47:23

I slay men by the day for you,

0:47:240:47:28

and now you intend to take my woman...

0:47:280:47:30

..so you can feel like a ruler again.

0:47:320:47:35

Take her.

0:47:390:47:41

But do that,

0:47:430:47:45

and I withdraw from the fighting forever.

0:47:450:47:48

Agamemnon...

0:47:550:47:57

-..we need him.

-Silence!

0:47:590:48:01

This war does not rely on you to win it.

0:48:180:48:21

Achilles...

0:48:230:48:25

You are nothing without me.

0:48:270:48:29

SHE GASPS

0:48:350:48:37

Agamemnon!

0:48:390:48:41

You fight alone now.

0:48:470:48:49

We're fucked.

0:49:060:49:08

-Shut your mouth.

-Oh, come on, Ajax, we're all thinking it!

0:49:090:49:12

Agamemnon's tumbled off the sanity cliff, and Achilles isn't fighting.

0:49:120:49:16

I'd say we're all halfway to Hades.

0:49:160:49:18

-Fucking...!

-Hey, hey, hey!

0:49:180:49:20

What are you going to do now?

0:49:200:49:22

-What?

-The Greeks...

0:49:490:49:52

..they're proposing a duel.

0:49:530:49:55

Single combat to decide the war.

0:49:550:49:58

-Who would you fight?

-Not me. You.

0:49:580:50:00

And Menelaus.

0:50:010:50:03

It's a trick.

0:50:030:50:05

Menelaus would never put himself at risk

0:50:050:50:08

unless he was certain he could win.

0:50:080:50:09

They've asked us to dictate the terms.

0:50:090:50:12

-We can enforce a code of honour.

-Where?

0:50:120:50:15

Outside the walls.

0:50:150:50:17

We'll assemble archers to protect you. I'd be your second.

0:50:170:50:21

You're faster than Menelaus.

0:50:210:50:23

You could win the war, Alexander.

0:50:230:50:25

You really believe that?

0:50:260:50:28

I believe in you.

0:50:280:50:30

It's his decision, Hecuba.

0:50:320:50:35

He wants to fight.

0:50:390:50:40

He believes he can win.

0:50:420:50:44

"Have faith," you said.

0:50:500:50:52

I'm coming back.

0:50:560:50:58

How can you be so sure?

0:50:590:51:01

I just am.

0:51:030:51:05

Like when I first saw you in Sparta.

0:51:070:51:09

I knew I couldn't leave without you.

0:51:110:51:13

That wasn't life or death.

0:51:150:51:18

Yes.

0:51:180:51:19

It was.

0:51:190:51:21

I know Menelaus.

0:51:240:51:27

He'll have something.

0:51:270:51:29

So do I.

0:51:300:51:32

Something he'll never have again.

0:51:340:51:36

HORN BLARES

0:52:510:52:54

THEY GRUNT

0:53:000:53:02

MOUTHING: Come on.

0:53:040:53:06

THEY GRUNT

0:53:100:53:12

SWORDS CLASH

0:53:120:53:14

You'd kill me, would you, boy?

0:54:040:54:07

Become Troy's hero?

0:54:070:54:09

There's someone you need to meet first.

0:54:090:54:12

Who are you?

0:54:210:54:23

I was Troy's high priest.

0:54:230:54:25

Your father banished me.

0:54:250:54:27

Why?

0:54:300:54:31

Because of what I know about you.

0:54:310:54:35

Kill him. Now.

0:54:350:54:37

I cut the doves at your birth.

0:54:380:54:40

The blood ran black.

0:54:400:54:42

The gods have cursed you, Alexander.

0:54:510:54:54

They place your life on the scales, and Troy on the other end.

0:54:540:54:57

You didn't think you were taken by wolves, did you?

0:55:020:55:05

What are you talking about?

0:55:090:55:11

The prophecy.

0:55:110:55:14

For Troy to live, you have to die.

0:55:190:55:22

Your own family tried to kill you.

0:55:400:55:42

And now you bring them nothing but death.

0:55:420:55:44

Make them stop!

0:55:460:55:48

A curse on his family.

0:55:490:55:52

A curse on his wife.

0:55:520:55:55

A curse on the city he fights for!

0:55:570:55:59

THUDDING CONTINUES

0:56:200:56:23

THEY CLAP IN TIME

0:56:230:56:25

BEAT INCREASES TEMPO

0:56:400:56:44

-OTHER WORLDLY VOICE:

-Run!

0:57:010:57:03

Achilles' shock attack on Troy's ally Cilicia devastates the Trojans and puts the spotlight on Helen. Andromache receives both good news and bad. A bitter dispute erupts between Agamemnon and Achilles.