MAP#29 – Pillars of the Earth 8: “The Work of Angels”

Pillars of the Earth series
The mini series comes to an end. Will they finish the cathedral or will Waleran block all attempts? Will Jack find out the truth about his father? Everything gets answered in the final episode! Join us as we finish our trip through The Pillars of the Earth. This week we recap/review episode eight “The Work of Angels” of the Starz Original series The Pillars of the Earth. Set in the the 12th century The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of King Stephen’s reign over England and the 19 year period of Anarchy.

Pillars of the Earth Synopsis

This epic tale of passion and greed begins when a mysterious secret disrupts the succession to the English crown and an unlikely member of King Henry’s family takes the throne. A power struggle between Henry’s daughter, Maud, and nephew, Stephen, causes England to be torn by war as battles rage for the rightful heir. Meanwhile, Bishop Waleran Bigod and the Hamleigh family manipulate the conflict to satisfy their own ruthless ambitions. Within this tumultuous setting, Prior Philip fights insurmountable obstacles to keep Kingsbridge and his dream of building a magnificent cathedral alive. The task is daunting, but master-mason Tom Builder, his gifted stepson, Jack, and noblewoman Aliena work together to achieve their dreams. And in the process, the long-hidden secret is revealed.





Episode 8 “The Work of Angels”

Ten years later, Jack’s fixation with the cathedral leaves him little time or energy for anything else, while Aliena’s fixation with the distant Earldom of Shiring has married her to Alfred, a man she hates. Waleran and Alfred develop a plot to get rid of Jack for good and it seems to be working until evidence comes to light that makes all wrongs rectified.



Topics Discussed:

  • Episode Recap
  • Episode Review
  • History Lesson: What was correct and what was incorrect
    • Prince Henry vs Prince Eustace
    • Treaty of Wallingford
  • World Without End preview

Cast of Characters:

  • Ian McShane as Waleran Bigod
  • Donald Sutherland as Earl Bartholomew
  • Rufus Sewell as Tom Builder
  • Matthew Macfadyen as Prior Philip
  • Tony Curran as King Stephen
  • Alison Pill as Princess Maude
  • Sarah Parish as Regan Hamleigh
  • Robert Bathurst as Percy Hamleigh
  • David Oakes as William Hamleigh
  • Goetz Otto as Walter
  • Hayley Atwell as Aliena
  • Sam Claflin as Richard
  • Liam Garrigan as Alfred Builder
  • Skye Bennett as Martha Builder
  • Gordon Pinsent as the Archbishop
  • Eddie Redmayne as Jack Jackson
  • Natalia Wörner as Ellen
  • Anatole Taubman as Remigius



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