She also betrayed a few people along the way, including her ex-lover, Charles Vane, and Captain Hornigold. By the end of Season 2, her dreams were shattered. Flint not only failed to ally himself with Charleston’s governor, he ended up killing the man. Meanwhile, Hornigold betrayed Eleanor to the British, who sent her home to face trial. Things were looking pretty grim for the pretty boss of Nassau.
Then along comes Woodes Rogers, the historically famous privateer and future governor of the Bahamas. Rogers has Eleanor on his ship heading to Nassau, but he’s a finger snap away from sending her straight back to England.
For her part, Eleanor has tried to convince Rogers that he’ll need her at Nassau, for no one knows the island and its pirates like she does. She also revealed how she came to control Nassau years ago by pitting Hornigold and Vane against Blackbeard and exiling him from the island. She accomplished this by seducing Vane (though I believe she fell in love with him back then) and winning over Hornigold by giving him Nassau’s precious fort. Of course, Hornigold is now allied with Rogers, and Blackbeard is back in Nassau with his former protégée, Vane.
Eleanor is a strategic thinker, so I suspect she has a plan. Maybe it’s to honestly work with Rogers to rid Nassau of its pirates. Or maybe she’s just setting him up, only to betray him once she’s back home and has access to her old allies, Max and Jack Rackham. And then there’s Charles Vane. She’s betrayed him twice, but will she fall right back into his arms if she views him as the key to Nassau’s survival? More importantly, would Vane even take her back? And how is Blackbeard going to feel about her return?
But these are just my thoughts. What game do you think Eleanor is playing on Black Sails?
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