Note: This article contains spoilers from the first two episodes of the FX drama Taboo. Proceed with caution, even though Tom Hardy surely wouldn't, because he's a badass.
It's hard to know exactly what Tom Hardy is saying in any given episode of Taboo, FX's grimy new period drama. As James Delaney, a top hat-sporting ruffian maneuvering through London in the early 19th century, Hardy is a grumbling, monosyllabic force of nature, and any attempt to understand his exact motivations or specific lines of dialogue is a fool's errand. Just embrace the Hardy.
But that doesn't mean you have to watch every episode in a constant state of confusion. The show's plot, which was initially conceived by Hardy and his father Edward "Chips" Hardy, is a combination of real historical events, macho myths, and Deadwood-style dirty-deeds-done-dirt-cheap woven together by writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke). If you're struggling to make sense of what the series is up to -- and where it might be going -- we've got you covered.