Oct. 07, 2006
60 min.
BBC One TV Network

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Robin Hood (UK)

Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, has returned home from the Holy Wars under orders from King Richard, to recuperate from injuries sustained in battle. He soon finds that the real battle for England needs to be fought against the Sheriff and his excessive taxation and corrupt administration.

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Guy of Gisborne Robin Hood (UK)
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Guy of Gisborne

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Character Bio

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Vain, brutal, ambitious, loyal, athletic, single-minded, boastful, frustrated, Gisborne is a selfish bully. As the Sheriff's right hand man, Gisborne is capable of overwhelming cruelty in his ruthless pursuit for heritage and position.

Yet beyond this drive for recognition was the one hope for redemption: Marian. When he realised that Marian would always love Robin above him he took drastic action with tragic consequences for everyone.

Weapon: Sword

Sir Guy of Gisborne is a dark, brooding man always clad in black leather. Guy is the Sheriff's second-in-command, and manages the Locksley estate in Robin's absence. He is reluctant to relinquish control over it and takes a dark satisfaction in being named its permanent lord after Robin is outlawed. His eagerness for land of his own comes from bitterness over having no actual Gisborne estate, and he contemplates renaming Locksley to Gisborne.

Guy fathers a child, Seth, with a servant girl, Annie, and later abandons him in the forest, only for the baby to be found and rescued by Robin and his men.

As in other tellings of the Hood legends, he is a suitor of Marian, but she does not return his affections. In episode seven, he practically forces her into an engagement with him. It is later revealed that Guy was the masked assassin that Robin was wounded by in the Holy Land as he tried to prevent him from killing King Richard. Robin slashed his tattoo with a sword during the fray, and Robin realises that it was Guy when he sees his tattoo with an identical scar through it. A very angry Robin kidnaps and tortures Guy after he finds out, and attempts to reveal Guy's treachery to the public with proof, but so far has been unsuccessful.

Just before their wedding is due to go ahead, Marian disguises herself as the Nightwatchman and attempts to steal a chest of money from Guy, which she describes to her father as "a final fling to make me more comfortable in my marriage". Unaware that it is his fiancée, Guy stabs her in the stomach. After being cared for by Robin and Djaq, she recovers for the wedding, but decides not to marry Guy at the last minute - she punches him and runs from the altar.

Gisborne is evidently not pure evil as he lacks the Sheriff's sadistic glee and even seems at times to disapprove. When three young boys witness an incriminating event during "Childhood," Gisborne attempts to spare their lives even though the Sheriff wants them disposed of. He risks his own life to help Marian when the Earl of Winchester demands Marian as part of a deal with the Sheriff in For England!. He does show remorse for his villainous ways in the final episode of the first season and lets Marian go after she goes to warn Robin of the Sheriff's plan.

In Get Carter, Guy breaks down and confesses to Marian his desire for a home and her love. She resists him at first, saying that she needs time to grieve her father's recent death. But when Guy is turning to leave, the two share a passionate kiss; taking their formerly more platonic and strained relationship to an entirely new, if not dangerous, level.

In the season two finale Marian offers Guy her hand in marriage if he assassinates The Sheriff before he can oversee the murder of King Richard. Guy instead alerts The Sheriff of Marian's offer and instead decides to wed her regardless of her approval. During the final battle within a fort between Robin's men and the Sheriff's Saracen assassins, King Richard is wounded in battle and is left to the mercy of an advancing Gisborne. Realizing that Guy is consumed with power and greed, Marian stands between Guy and the King, informing him that she loves only Robin. An enraged Gisborne finally snaps and stabs Marian with his sword, fatally injuring her, but seems genuinely shocked and upset by his actions, nearly crying. He flees the fort with The Sheriff on horseback, as Marian dies from her wounds. In series 3 his younger sister, Isabella, arrives in Nottingham.

Guy returns as a much more relentless and darker persona in series three following events after his killing of Marian. He is seen throwing Robin of a cliff in the first episode of season three without mercy. Soon after he is seen disobeying an order from the sheriff and going so far as to threatening him, this resulted in the sheriff giving Guy to Prince John's men as well as the increased tax payments. He later returns from the presence of Prince John with the imperial guard. It is revealed tat Prince John released him so he could kill Robin Hood, slowly showing that he has higher power than the sheriff. After Prince John plays Gisborne and the Sheriff off against each other, Gisborne stabs the sheriff in the heart, telling Gisborne not to trust Prince John as he apparently died. However, after the fight the sheriff's body is covered an a sequence shows his fist clenching, showing he never died.

He showed pain from his sister's betrayal which lead to him turning on Prince John and calling him such things has pretender and cowered. This lead to him becoming a wanted man and he blamed this on his sister who he tried to kill but stopped when his Sister revealed he killed her when he soled her at young age. This shocks Guy whose face shows clear remorse and he is unable to continues his attack. Later he is unable to shoot his sister when faced with the prospect of shooting her or Prince John. Also it would appear without the sheriff around Guy has lost some of his anger to Robin has when they encountered each other and John's attempt at gaining the crown he did not attack Robin and even considered his words when Robin said Killing the prince would cause anarchy.

In a Dangerous deal Gisborne was set to be exacuted for his crimes and had resigned himself to his fate. But while waiting for his fate Gisborne met Meg a fellow prisnor who has been thrown in the dungeon by Issabella's husband. At first the two of them where hostile to one another but has time whent on Meg's questions and words began to pull out the goodness in Gisborne who came to realise the wrong he had done. After she was freed by Issabella Meg returned to offer Guy food showing she had developed feelings for him. Guy refused the food but thanked her for bringing out the goodness in him that he thought died. He also said she reminded him of Marian. Meg later tried to free Gisborne but Isabella stopped her deciding to exacut the both of them despite Guy's pleas to spare her. The two later escaped exacution thanks to Robin who for once agreed with Gisborne in the respect tht Meg was innocent. Unfortunatly Meg died during the escape from a stab wound when she defended guy from a soldier. After they where clear of the castle Meg tolled Guy she always liked him before dieing in his arms leaving Guy to morn her death. His fate and alliances remain unclear...

Robin ran into Gisborne in the woods who was living in hiding from Isabella and her guards; the two had a brief fight before being darted by a hooded stranger. The stranger tolled them both he had brought them together so the bad blood between them could be put to rest. Gisbourne through the flashbacks reveals that they knew each other as kids. The relationship between them was bad & one incident which probably led to the over all hatred involved Guy being blamed for an accident the Robin coused by a suspicious people because of his French background; an accident that almost led to him being hung. Things seamed to look up when his father returned from the Crusade's to take back control of the estate but this was short lived when his father was revealed to be a lepper. His father was castes out and publicly humiliated in front of the whole town which Gisborne said he never forgave Locksley for.

Things became worse when Gisborne discovered his mother was having an affair with Robin's father which led to having a child (Archer). What was worse and to Guy's horror and rage he found his mother was still visiting his father who now lived in a lepper colony. The angered Guy angrily chided his father for leaving them without a fight.

This action led to Guy father returning to the village in secret to confront Robin's father only to find him in an embrace with his wife. While he had originally believed that Robin's father only showed concern for his wife. Confronting them in anger he and Robin's father began to fight. Gut never saw the whole battle has he and his sister were tolled to leave but since both his parents died causing him to belive that he had killed his parents by going to see his father in the first place.

The stranger then filled in the gaps and explained in detail how during the fight a fire broke out, and Guy's mother was killed by accident trying to stop the fight whil his father burned in the fire.

Then Guy & Robin leave the Outlaws and ride to York to rescue Archer, who is sentenced to execution by the Sheriff of York. Archer is having an affair with York's wife, and when Guy and Robin rescue him, Archer rides off by himself. Gisborne and Robin, who have escaped execution, rescue the Outlaws and return to Sherwood. Gisborne, still obsessed with revenge of Isabella for killing Meg, helps Robin and Much enter the castle but is nearly drowned in limestone, a trap set by Archer and Isabella. He is rescued by Kate and Archer.

Finally The Sheriff and his sister, go to attack robin, but Guy runs and Pushes Robin out of the way, Saveing him the attack, but gets attacked by both Vaisey and Isabella. He collapses, and starts to die. After some fighting, Robin rushes over to comfort Guy during his last moments. Robin clutches Guy's body and refers to his former rival as "friend," recognizing that they will both soon face death together. Guy utters his last words: "I'm sorry. At least you have someone waiting for you. Marian... the love of my life. She was always yours. I lived in shame, but because of you I die proud... and free."

Episode Screenshots

02x07 - Show Me The Money
Season 2, Episode 07
01x03 - Who Shot the Sheriff?
Season 1, Episode 03
03x06 - Do You Love Me?
Season 3, Episode 06
02x11 - Treasure of the Nation
Season 2, Episode 11
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