The North Water (2021): S01E04 – The Devils Of The Earth


The North Water is a BBC Two five-part television series, based on Ian McGuire’s novel of the same name.

The series premiered on AMC+ on 15 July 2021.


Having made camp on a small frozen island, the group tenuously led by Cavendish attempt to survive the winter on meagre rations. Sumner discovers two Inuit men nearby, and Cavendish trades a rifle for seal meat to eat. The Inuit pair stay with the group for a while, and Drax secretly builds a rapport with them. When the surrounding sea begins to freeze, the Inuit pair decide to leave, despite the protests of Cavendish. Sumner persuades one of them to stay for longer so a supply of meat is maintained in exchange for the ring. Drax informs Cavendish that he has agreed passage with the two Inuit and that he only needs to set him free. Cavendish attempts to bargain escape from the island as well, and Drax supposedly agrees. The next morning, Drax kills the two Inuit and then slits Cavendish’s throat, taking the last whaleboat. With the island frozen in, the remaining men, apart from Otto and Sumner, depart the island in a doomed attempt to find a ship or camp. With winter setting in, Sumner and Otto become desperate and use the corpses of the Inuit to attract a polar bear for food. When one arrives, Sumner wounds and follows it, leaving Otto back at the camp. Trekking many miles, Sumner eventually becomes caught in a storm and finally kills the bear after hallucinating it as Drax. Sumner eviscerates the bear and shelters himself in its carcass, before eventually being rescued by an Inuit and taken to a cabin inhabited by a priest.

The North Water Series

You can find a full index and overview of The North Water here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 August 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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