In the fifth episode of this second run of episodes, the continued insomnia of Louis XIV (George Blagden) makes him increasingly volatile, meaning Marchal’s (Tygh Runyan) loyalty counts for nothing as he failed to prove the worst poisonings were solely the work of his now-dead suspect. Then Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) is upset by an abrupt demotion.
Claudine (Lizzie Brocheré, pictured) continues to investigate the mystery toxin, while Sophie (Maddison Jaizani) seeks a solution to her situation – a marriage that is not just loveless, but her husband Cassel (Pip Torrens) is cruel.
Devout Father Pascal (James Joint) dares to reveal to Louis what Madame de Montespan (Anna Brewster) attempted. But whose account will be believed?
Versailles Season 2 Episode 5 (of 10) airs on Friday 19 May 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.