Note: This article contains major spoilers from the first seven episodes of the FX drama Taboo, an amazing show that everyone should be watching.
It finally happened: Someone shot off Tom Hardy's top hat. Thank God. For weeks, loyal Taboo watchers have observed James Keziah Delaney's every twitch, grunt, and eye roll, patiently waiting for the moment a bullet might pierce the ridiculous shiny black material perched upon his head. The grieving Helga delivered the shot, convinced that Delaney killed her daughter, Winter, in last week's cliffhanger. The fashion accessory is no more. RIP, top hat.
Why focus on this moment of sartorial combat? Because it was one of the few moments of levity in last night's episode of Taboo, a resolutely grim penultimate hour which found our typically cocksure hero tortured for long stretches of time. After spurning his half-sister (and part-time lover) Zilpha and learning his trusty butler Brace killed his father, Delaney's scheme to play the East India Company and the British monarchy against each other finally blew up in his face. It wasn't pretty.