In this week's episode we finally got a chance to see Damian Lewis truly step into the regal and raging shoes of Henry VIII. As Anne Boleyn fails to deliver, Henry grows increasingly angry; Lewis is fantastic, getting all puffed up and blustery, full of fury, almost physically expanding before our eyes as he lays into Cromwell. In one scene, after Henry has railed at the Spanish ambassador —the rest of the world does not accept Anne Boleyn as Queen or Henry as the new head of the church of England — he fumes at Cromwell, basically saying who the hell do you think you are, me? while the rest of the court stands by watching awkwardly. Lewis' Henry VIII is so out of control you can see the spit fly in Cromwell's face. I rewound just to be certain.
Cromwell better get moving, that's for sure. A vision of Cardinal Wolsey comes to remind him what happens when you're the man who fails to deliver what the king wants. You die.