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Episode 04: Fountainhead
Sky Original  ·  50 minutes  ·  Original Broadcast: February 20, 2023

Directed by: Francesca Comencini  |  Written by: Francesco Cenni, Leonardo Fasoli, Max Hurwitz

Official synopsis: The crater of New Babylon has kept its promises: oil is flowing. Django and Seymour are commissioned to sell the precious black gold to Pueblo. But they are attacked by mercenaries who kidnap Seymour and immediately deliver him to Elizabeth. John and his two sons, supported by Django and Sarah, have no choice but to travel to Elmdale to save Seymour.

I remember my very first day is the scene with the two camps. I ride up on my white horse and we meet John and his team. And it’s like a standoff. I have his son in my custody and we negotiate. I think it was the first take, like heaven opened and it was just pouring down. And then we had a thunderstorm. And we were like “What is going on?” And then we had to pause and sit there waiting for the rain to stop. And Francesca, the director, came to me and said, “What do you think?” and I was like “I think it’s gonna stop. I think you shoud get them ready”. She was like, “OK, let’s hope for it.” And then it stopped. We shot the whole scene and when we were finished, it started raining again. So we had this weird battle with nature every time. (Noomi Rapace, KinoTV Denmark, July 04, 2023)

Episode Recap
Please note that recaps feature spoilers on the individual episode.
This recap was written by Greg Wheeler for The Review Geek, March 08, 2023

Django starts with the New Babylon residents preparing their newly acquired oil rig. Slamming into the ground, the mud suddenly sputters to life and a fountain of oil gushes out. They’re in business, and the residents realize that they’re going to make a tidy profit from this. In the euphoric high of it all, Sarah and Django end up hugging but they’re spied by Seymour from afar, who eyes them both up suspiciously. It’s shrugged off for now, as the group realize they have 3 barrels worth already but if they can try and get a production going properly, they could easily make $100k a year. With bandits along the way and the whole situation with Elizabeth to contend with, they decide to set up a route along the river to find buyers. Django decides to tag along with Seymour.

Further flashbacks flesh out the past, with Django doing what he can to look after Sarah. She has a nasty fever and they need a doctor before it gets worse. The family only have a few pennies to their name but it’s enough for Django to head out to try and get her help. He speaks to Elijah and lets him know that his daughter is sick, needing extra cash from him. As we saw from the last episode, Elijah and Django have an intimate bond. He retorts how alone he feels. Django is not messing about though and grabs him by the scruff of the neck, telling him to get a grip. Reluctantly, Elijah eventually does tag along, and they head up to see a reverend, who used to practice medicine. After paying their way, they ride back to the house. The reverend manages to give them some medicine to help Sarah, pointing out that it’s lucky they came when they did. Any longer and Sarah could have been in big trouble. In private, he tells Django that Sarah’s right leg is never going to work properly again. He encourages the group to pack up and move on to somewhere more bountiful, even giving back the money they paid as a warning from God.

Over at Elmsdale, Elizabeth tries to teach Adam how to shoot, showing that blindness isn’t an excuse. At the same time, Seymour admits to Django on the barge that he doesn’t trust the guy. Django can tell that he has feelings for Sarah and calls him out indirectly for it. Eventually they make it to the dock but a big shootout ensues as Elizabeth’s bandits try to get the jump on them. Unfortunately, oil spills over the dock and a fire subsequently breaks out too. Django decides to surrender, realizing that their barge will blow to kingdom come, and they manage to make it out before it’s too late. As the barge starts to explode, Seymour is captured by Elizabeth while the others break out and head back to New Babylon. Elizabeth tries to bargain with Seymour, who wants her land back and promising that she’ll get it back one way or another. With a bountiful plate full of food, she lets Seymour eat and boasts that they’re not starving like those in New Babylon. She leaves him with the plate and a big choice to make. John Ellis and Sarah decide to tag along for a meet with Elizabeth to determine their fate going forward – and get Seymour back. Out in the open land, Elizabeth refuses to let Seymour go unless he takes her offer for 100k in exchange for the lot of land.

John Ellis is smart though, knowing that they have oil inside the town worth a whole lot more than that. “You walk away and you’re signing his death warrant,” Elizabeth promises regarding Seymour’s fate. John Ellis refuses to be goaded by her threats and points out that she’s going to need more men next time she comes for them and their family. As they ride off, Elizabeth turns to one of her men and ungags him, revealing that Seymour actually happens to be riding with them. All of this was a big ruse to show Seymour that John Ellis values the fate of New Babylon over his boy. During our flashback scenes, Django makes a big decision and decides to head off for war as a way of making a new life for them all. Margaret (his wife) is not happy when she finds out, bitterly calling him out for being afraid and running away. She also knows that he wants to be somewhere else while he’s with them, but whether she knows he has feelings for Elijah or not remains to be seen.

Back in the present, John, Sarah and the others from New Babylon show up at Elizabeth’s place determined to track down Seymour. They eventually do find him but on their way out the house, Ellis and the others are surrounded. When Django shows and turns the tide of everything, Elizabeth shoots out all the lamps and, with the fate of Adam hanging in the balance, decides to let them all go when face to face with John… again. Seymour confronts John outside the house, believing that John was going to leave him to die (which obviously isn’t true) while tensions continue to simmer between Sarah and Django as everyone heads back to New Babylon.

Guest Cast: Jyuddah Jaymes (Seymour Ellis), Tom Austen (Elijah), Franco Nero (Reverend), Benny O. Arthur (Kevin Ellis), Maya Kelly (Young Sarah), Joshua J Parker (Adam Thurman), Abigail Thorn (Jess), Camille Dugay Comencini (Margaret Wright), Slavko Sobin (Isaac Borowka), Michela De Rossi (Fanny), Emeline Lambert (Caroline Turner), Tobi Ibitoye (Harry), Oleksandr Rudynskyy (Spencer Forrest)