Marvel's Inhumans Deals a Major Blow to Its Royal Family

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for this week's episode of Marvel's Inhumans, "The Gentleman's Name is Gorgon," which premiered Friday, Oct. 27, on ABC.

The Inhumans Royal Family hasn't had it particularly easy since Maximus staged his coup, but Gorgon seemed to have been somewhat lucky. He was already in Hawaii, searching for his cousin Triton, when events in Attilan unfolded, and he was later rescued by some surfers who took him into their fold. Throughout Marvel's Inhumans, he’s tried to redeem himself for his impetuous past and follow in the footsteps of Karnak by being smart about his encounters. Still, that doesn’t prevent Gorgon (played by Eme Ikwuakor) from sometimes acting impulsively.


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In this week's episode, “The Gentleman’s Name is Gorgon,” he was paired with Karnak (Ken Leung) to save one of the Inhumans of Earth, Sammy (Olo Alailima), and geneticist Dr. Declan (Henry Ian Cusack), both of whom had earlier helped Black Bolt. Because Karnak was still recovering from his head wound, Gorgon came up with the plan to use Karnak’s reputation as a powerful flaw-seeker to deter Auran’s Inhuman soldiers from fighting them. The pair was able to rescue Declan and Sammy and take out both Auran and the laser-faced Mordis with minimal difficulty.


But Mordis, having spent his entire post-Terrigenesis life behind bars, was determined not to go back to the society that imprisoned him. So he turned the tables on Gorgon and Karnak, and removed the mask that kept his vast powers contained. With no other option, Gorgon held Mordis close and stomped his hoof-like feet, triggering a seismic wave that collapsed the building around them in order for Karnak and the others to escape. By the time the other Royals have arrived, Karnak had recovered his cousin's body from the debris.

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This isn’t the first time a member of the Royal Family has died. At the start of Marvel Comics' Inhumanity event, Karnak committed suicide after seeing “the fault in all things” (although he later managed to find the flaw in death and return to the land of the living). Gorgon has never died in the comics; the worst injury he’s received was when he was paralyzed after being shot in the spine by the crime boss turned NuHuman Lineage. Gorgone was later cured by a NuHuman named Panaceum.


With that significant loss, Maximus will face a Royal Family even thirstier for vengeance. Black Bolt was already considering killing his traitorous brother, but Medusa convinced her husband that Maximus deserves a fair trial. Now, however, a more measured response may no longer be an option for the Inhumans.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.

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