The premiere showed a ton of promise for season three. Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard) is on his way to Nassau. Max, Jack, and Anne Bonny are worried about the damaged fortress, and more importantly the Urca gold stashed within its broken walls. Captain Hornigold and Mr. Dufrense have become traitors and now fly the British flag. Meanwhile, Eleanor Guthrie may have no choice but to aid her British captors. But the most intriguing part of the series premiere took place on The Walrus with Captain James Flint.
Flint, Long John Silver, and Billy Bones are the truly fictional pirates on Black Sails, each one being a character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. (Most of the other characters, like Charles Vane, Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny, are based on historical pirates.) Black Sails has always been a prequel of sorts to Treasure Island, and in the series premier, we saw the seeds of Treasure Island begin to grow.
It all begins with Flint. In Treasure Island, it’s no secret that Flint was despised by his crew, and by Silver most of all. The Flint of season three is a man obsessed, hellbent on revenge for what the British did to Miranda. Flint has always put his personal agenda before the lives of his crew, and was always a bit ruthless—just remember what he did to poor Mr. Gates! But now, it looks like Flint is going down an even darker path, and given the dark looks that Silver and Billy are giving him, I think we’re about to experience the rift that will forever lead to enmity between Flint and his crew.
Which brings me to Silver. In the past two seasons, Silver was a charming rogue who, while thoroughly self-interested, always found himself siding with Flint. But by the end of last season, Silver lost his leg and took the first steps toward becoming the Long John Silver that Stevenson imagined. Silver, if you’ve ever read the book, was the most dangerous pirate of them all, and I would not be surprised if he ends up there by the end of season three. And if so, Black Sails is about to get really, really good!