National Geographic may be the channel you flip to once you’re within the temper for a documentary sequence about house (Cosmos: Possible Worlds) or a actuality present about tuna-fishing (Wicked Tuna) or life on the zoo (Secrets of the Zoo). But whereas it’s finest identified for its science and nature-themed content material, Nat Geo can be residence to a handful of scripted dramas, together with the brand new sequence Barkskins.
Barkskins, which is predicated on the best-selling novel of the identical title by Annie Proulx, is a few group of colonists who’ve settled within the area often known as New France (present-day Quebec) within the late 17th century. When some settlers are massacred underneath mysterious circumstances, it threatens to plunge the area into an all-out conflict. The eight-part restricted sequence premiered on Memorial Day, and it options quite a bit of characters. Here’s a rundown of who’s who.
Claude Trepagny (David Thewlis)
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Claude Trepagny is a rich landowner who has a grand imaginative and prescient for New France. But his controversial spiritual beliefs and romantic entanglements might stand in the best way of him attaining his goals.
Mathilde Geffard (Marcia Gay Harden)
Innkeeper Mathilde Geffard is an up-and-coming energy participant who is aware of the secrets and techniques of everybody in Wobik, the settlement the place Barkskins is ready. After the bloodbath, she takes in a mysterious orphan woman (Lola Reid).
Hamish Goames (Aneurin Barnard)
Hamish Goames works for the Hudson’s Bay Company. He’s investigating the bloodbath but additionally has a hidden private agenda.
Charles Duquet (James Bloor)
Charles Duquet involves Wobik as an indentured servant for Trepagny, however shortly realizes that back-breaking labor doesn’t go well with him. Soon he’s plotting his escape and creating plans to reinvent himself within the new world.
Rene Sel (Christian Cooke)
Like Duquet, Rene Sel is an indentured servant and a brand new arrival in Wobik. Unlike Duquet, Set is morally upright and is keen to work arduous and construct a life in New France.
Constable Bouchard (David Wilmot)
Constable Bouchard is the official consultant of King Louis XIV in Wobik. He has the thankless job of attempting to maintain order within the lawless frontier city.
Elisha Cooke (Thomas M. Wright)
Elisha Cooke is an formidable English barrel maker and smuggler who clashes with the French residents of Wobik.
Melissande (Tallulah Haddon)
Melissande is a calculating younger French lady just lately arrived in New France. She’s a “Filles du Roi” — a lady despatched to Wobik to marry a French man and have kids to populate the area.
Mari (Kaniehtiio Horn)
Of blended French and Wendat Nation ancestry, Mari lives with Trepagny. But when she begins to suspect that he plans to marry one of many Filles du Roi, she refuses to step apart and not using a struggle.
Delphine (Lily Sullivan)
Like Melissande, Delphine is a Filles du Roi who has journeyed to New France to discover a husband. But the harmless younger lady is harboring a horrible secret.
Yvon (Zahn McClarnon)
Yvon is a Harvard-educated Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) man who works for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Barkskins airs Mondays at 9/8c on National Geographic. Episodes stream the subsequent day on Hulu.
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