Tensions around the splitting of the Walker estate, which the couple want to change their wills and leave themselves with a lifetime interest in their estates, quickly escalated throughout Season 2, with Mrs. Walker, with Captain Sutherland (Derek Riddell) doing his best to delay the process.
Amid the family feud, Ms Walker and Ms Lister cast doubt on their relationship, with the former admitting she would like to have children and the latter straying with his former lover Mariana Lawton.
So, do Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Lister get over their troubles in the Gentleman Jack season 2 finale and does Captain Sutherland sign the Walker Estate division? Read on for everything you need to know about Season 2 Episode 8.
Be warned: Full spoilers for Gentleman Jack season 2 follow.
Did Captain Sutherland sign the Walker estate partition?
Tensions over the splitting of the Walker Estate showed no signs of easing in Season 2 Episode 8.
After it was discovered that the Crow Nest deeds had been at Shibden Hall for months – and clearly in Miss Lister’s hands – at the end of Season 2 Episode 7, an increasingly temperamental Captain Sutherland arrived. Scotland in an attempt to change Ms Walker’s mind.
When he realized it wasn’t going to work, he made it his mission to destroy Ms Lister’s reputation, insisting to Ms Walker’s lawyer, Mr Parker, that it would be irresponsible of her to sign off on the split, given Ms Lister’s ‘unnatural’ hold over her sister-in-law.
To explain where he was coming from, Captain Sutherland alluded to a case brought in Edinburgh against two women.
But Mr Parker had none of that – and was quick to point out that the case had in fact been brought against the woman who accused the two women of sexual misconduct, and that she had been prosecuted, and that Captain Sutherland might face the same fate if he continued his slander.
He also pointed out that although Ms Walker and Ms Lister did having that kind of relationship, ‘it’s not illegal’, making it clear that Captain Sutherland had no legal grounds to deny Mrs Walker the division of the estate which was already half hers.
However, Captain Sutherland wasn’t going to give up that easily – and it was up to Ms Lister’s lawyer, Mr Gray, to give him the same spiel.
Mr. Gray certainly seemed to be thinking about it and considering Captain Sutherland’s request to deliver the Crow Nest records directly to him.
As a result, when Captain Sutherland burst into Shibden Hall to tell Ms Walker that he, Mr Parker and Mr Gray were all on the same page – and that she should return to Scotland with him and Elizabeth – the decision of Mr. Gray remained unclear.
‘Mr Gray and Mr Parker, now that I’ve spoken to them, have a much better understanding of what’s going on here and believe me they were both shocked,’ he told Ms Walker and to Mrs. Lister.
However, just then the Lister’s footman Thomas knocked to say Mr Gray was here from York, prompting Mr Sutherland to falter, and Elizabeth burst out saying he was lying – all before it emerged that it was actually another Mr. Gray. (a York landscape gardener and not Mrs Lister’s solicitor).
Humiliated and defeated, Captain Sutherland then signed the documents on the spot. Hooray.
What happened to Anne Lister and Ann Walker?
Throughout Season 2, Mrs. Lister and Mrs. Walker certainly had their worries.
And in Season 2 Episode 8, things only seemed to get worse, as Mrs. Lister refused to let Mrs. Walker meet her friends while they were in London to find a master for Mrs. Walker’s new school.
“I won’t be vetted for money. We said our arrangement would be as good as a marriage. You should have taken me to see your friends,” she told Ms Lister during the return trip, while making it clear that she knew something. seedy had passed between Mrs Lister and Mariana Lawton during her visit.
Meanwhile, Ms Lister continued to dream of Mariana and had nasty things to say about Ms Walker, telling the camera: “There is a danger in the first thought that it is possible to separate. “She’s quirky and short-witted. And I fear for her intellect. I’ll have to make the most of her for now and maybe I’ll be free again.”
However, after Mrs Walker laid the foundation stone at Lister’s Northgate casino in front of a huge crowd and Mr Sutherland signed the division papers, she expressed her wish to go to York some day soon and settle their wills.
“I’m sorry I doubted it,” she told Ms Lister at the end of the episode, who replied, “Don’t be. We’re the only people in the whole world who want us Let’s be together It’s not gonna be easy It’s never gonna be easy But we’re both still here, right.
We’re not crying, you’re cr… no, actually we’re crying.
What happened to Marian Lister’s engagement to Mr. Abbott?
Mrs. Lister had nothing but disdain for her sister (Gemma Whelan) when she revealed she was planning to marry rug maker Mr. Abbott (John Hollingworth) earlier in Season 2, making it clear that she was getting married under her – and that she wouldn’t want anything more to do with her if it went ahead.
In episode 8 of season 2, a distraught Marian revealed that it was all over with Mr Abbott and that she planned to move to the small family estate in Market Weighton – and take her father with her. But it was clear she was hiding something.
Marian later refused to attend the stone laying at Ms Lister’s Northgate casino, fearing the crowd might make comments or throw objects, before admitting she hadn’t been quite honest about Mr. Abbott and that he had called things off after being taunted. with the announcement of the marriage in the newspaper concerning Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Lister.
“He said he couldn’t associate with me anymore because people say things, which of course they do,” she said, before repeating her wish to leave Shibden Hall.
What was the significance of the monument of the dead child?
On her way back from London at the start of Season 2 Episode 8, Ms Lister took Ms Walker to a church with a monument to a dead child she had once visited with Mariana Lawton, on which were inscribed the words “in the most exquisite form and intellect”. above.
This prompted Ms Lister to ask if, in another life, “What if it was me? What if I was her?”, before launching into a monologue about her weirdness and how she was always so different from the other Listers.
She then asked Mrs Walker: “What if this was the child I could never give you? In the most exquisite form and intellect.”
Of course, how the pair navigate their childless relationship to bond them was a big theme throughout Season 2, with Ms. Walker admitting earlier in the show that she would like to have children and casting doubt on his relationship with Ms. Lister.
It was a poignant moment – and perhaps the most vulnerable we’ve seen in Gentleman Jack so far.