|Creator:||Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine|
|Date(s):||January 25, 2014 – April 2, 2017|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Starz official page|
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Black Sails is a TV show that ran on Starz for four seasons between 2014 and 2017. The series is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. It features both characters from Treasure Island and fictionalized versions of real life historical pirates. It is set in 1715, about twenty years before the events of Treasure Island, and is centered around New Providence Island.
On New Providence island, Captain Flint aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie to seize the greatest prize, a Spanish treasure galleon. He is frustrated by John Silver, a new member of his crew who holds the vital piece of information he needs to achieve his goal.
Seasons 1 and 2 are mainly preoccupied with getting the Spanish gold, eventually revealing Captain Flint's plan to use the wealth to establish Nassau. The third and fourth seasons focus on the characters efforts to protect Nassau from British naval attack and colonial rule.
|Toby Stephens||Captain Flint/ James Flint||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Luke Arnold||John Silver/Long John Silver||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Louise Barnes||Miranda Barlow/Miranda Hamilton||Seasons 1 - 2|
|Rupert Penry-Jones||Thomas Hamilton||Referenced in Seasons 2 - 4. Guest character, appears in flashbacks.|
|Hannah New||Eleanor Guthrie||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Tom Hopper||Billy Bones||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Zach McGowan||Captain Charles Vane||Seasons 1 - 3|
|Jessica Parker||Max||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Toby Schmitz||Captain Jack Rackham/"Calico" Jack||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Clara Paget||Anne Bonny||Seasons 1 - 4|
|Zethu Dlomo||Madi Scott||Seasons 3 - 4|
|Hakeem Kae-Kazim||Mr. Scott||Seasons 1 - 3|
|Ray Stevenson||Edward Teach/Blackbeard||Seasons 3 - 4|
LGBT Characters in Black Sails
Sexuality is never explicitly addressed in Black Sails. No character is defined as been gay or bisexual, but many characters have intimate relationships with both men and women.
Most of these characters are women. In the first episode, Eleanor Guthrie and the prostitute, Max have sex. Eleanor's other romantic relationships are all with men, Charles Vane and Woodes Rogers. Max however, later begins a sexual relationship with Anne Bonny, who is in a relationship with Jack Rackham. The decision to begin a relationship with a person of the same sex is not viewed either positively or negatively, possibly because of the setting for this show; a pirate community living outside 'civilised' colonial rule.
The only male character to have relationships with men and women, is Captain Flint. As a British naval officer, his life was ruined when his relationship with Thomas Hamilton was revealed. He fled England, with Miranda as a result. He only shares this information with one other character on the show, John Silver.
The revelation that Captain Flint had a previous relationship with a man was met with a very negative mainstream fan reaction. However, it should be noted that the reveal made the show more popular with queer audiences and resulted in growth for the fandom.
- Captain Flint/John Silver is a non canonical pairing, which began before Captain Flint's sexuality was revealed in the show.
- Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton is a canonical pairing
- Miranda Barlow/Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton is a canonical threesome pairing
- Eleanor Guthrie/Charles Vane is a canonical pairing
- Billy Bones/Captain Flint is a non canon pairing
- Eleanor Guthrie/Max is a canonical pairing
- Madi/John Silver is a canonical pairing of Long John Silver and Madi, a former slave who leads a community of former slaves
- Anne Bonny/Jack Rackham is a canonical pairing of two historical characters, who were partners in real life.
- Miranda Barlow/Captain Flint is a canonical pairing
- Anne Bonny/Max is a canonical pairing
- Fairlead by Farasha. (Captain Flint/John Silver)
- Fifteen Men in September by ballantine. (Captain Flint/John Silver)
- Reorienting by Palebluedot. (Post Finale Canon Compliant. Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton)
- The New World by sebastianL (felix_atticus). (Post Season 3 Canon Divergence. James McGraw/OMC)
- Black Sails Broken Crown
- James Flint So Far From Who I Was
- Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach, Promise
- Black Sails True Victory
- Black Sails | Crack Video Pt.1!
- Black Sails | Gold
- Black Sails | 99 Problems
- the historicity of queerness in black sails
- In Praise of Charlotte & Female Legacy
- overarching themes of black sails seasons
- Flint’s transformation from a realist to an idealist
- on disempowerment in backstories