Note: This article contains spoilers from the first five episodes of the FX drama Taboo, an amazing show that everyone should be watching.
It's hard to get a read on James Keziah Delaney, the marble-mouthed protagonist of FX's historical drama Taboo. Tom Hardy, the actor who plays him and co-created the character with his father Chips, often portrays troubled men with cool haircuts, funny accents, and opaque motivations. About halfway through the most recent episode, he cuts off the thumb of a ruffian who works for him, holds it in the air for his crew members to see, and bellows, "I am inside your heads, gentlemen." No, shit: what a management tactic.
But, after five darkly lit hours of stabbing and scheming, are we, the loyal Taboo-lovers, inside Delaney's head? Have we found out what's under that black top hat? Or what makes him tick? Not especially. (We do know he hates pants and loves eating whole eggs in one bite.) While Delaney has carefully played the stuffy suits of the East India Company off against the weasley bureaucrats of the British government, his endgame remains as vague as his mysterious backstory. He's a cypher in a stylish trench-coat.