What happened to Hugh Armitage in Poldark?
Hugh Armitage (played by Josh Whitehouse) was introduced in season three of Poldark after he was rescued from a French prison by Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner).
The plan had initially been to save Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth) but it failed after he was shot dead during his escape.
Armitage was an aristocrat and the nephew of Lord Falmouth (James Wilby), who among the prisoners of war with Henshawe.
Although he was saved by Ross, his freedom came at a cost. Midway through season three, it was revealed that he was suffering from ill health and his eyesight would be gone within six months.
It’s not clear why Hugh is losing his sight but it could be linked to his time incarcerated and being in the war.
After finding out from doctor Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) that the diagnosis wasn’t looking good for him, Armitage pursued Demelza Poldark (Eleanor Tomlinson).
Following news of his eyesight, Armitage appealed to Demelza: “In six months time I shall be completely blind… it is to the heart that I now appeal.
“And that heart which, dare I say it, has been neglected. Can you allow me this? Shall we grant ourselves to each other, so that I may go into the darkness knowing that I once tasted heaven?”
Demelza slept with Armitage among the sand dunes following his passionate request, refusing to later tell her husband Ross what had happened.
It was clear that Armitage had feelings for Demelza after the pair met and he told her: “How could I foresee a month ago today I would be a free man? How could your husband see in freeing your friend, he’d liberate a man he’d never met?”
She innocently responded: “Well, I hope whatever consequence comes of this liberty, you take full advantage of it.”
Armitage answered ominously: “Believe me, ma’am, I intend to.”
Since Demelza and Armitage’s tryst on the beach, the Poldark marriage has suffered with a wedge forcing them apart.
Season four, which started recently, saw Ross and Demelza divided by the romance.
It was the elephant in the room that Demelza refused to address but Ross knew about the betrayal.
In fact, the opening scene featured Ross emerging from the sea and seeing visions of his wife with Armitage. Of course, it was all just in his mind but it added a sense of foreshadowing to the series.
During the season four premiere, Armitage sent a secret poem to Demelza continuing to profess his love for the flame-haired beauty.
Demelza hid the letter which threatened to derail her marriage to Ross.
There have been hints that Demelza could be unfaithful to Ross again as Armitage teeters on the brink of death, as alluded to in the trailer for episode two.
Poldark airs on BBC One on Sundays at 9pm