Catch Up: Where We Left Off in Indian Summers Season 1
The summer of 1932 had drawn to a close, but the heat was only intensifying as secrets, betrayals, revolution, and forbidden love blazed throughout Simla at the end of Indian Summers, Season 1. Find out where we left off with Aafrin and Alice, Ralph and Cynthia, and the rest Simla's residents as we get ready to pick up the action in the summer of 1935, when the British government returns to the hills—and the drama—in Season 2.
Ralph Whelan: Ralph's ever-loyal servant Bhupinder murdered Jaya to keep Ralph's youthful love affair with her (and their lovechild, Adam) secret. But…
Secret: Aafrin, consoling the suicidal Bhupinder, learned that he was Jaya's murderer.
Shocker: Aafrin tried to get Ralph to commute the innocent Ramu Sood's sentence, but Ralph plumb went ahead and executed the man anyway!
Cynthia Coffin: Forced to integrate her club (or actually, to just accept one token member), the bitter Cynthia Coffin has lost not just her grip on the Empire, but her grip on Ralph…
Secret: She revealed to Ralph that she'd kept the longsuffering Jaya's pregnancy secret from Ralph and engineered Jaya's disappearance from his life, essentially dooming her.
Shocker: Ralph forgave Cynthia.
Aafrin Dalal: Ralph's hanging of the innocent Ramu Sood for a murder committed by his own servant, basically on his own behalf, was the absolutely last straw for Aafrin, who has had a change of heart toward the Raj…
Secret: The sinister Sergeant Singh was blackmailing Aafrin over the incriminating forged document Aafrin stole and hid, forcing Aafrin to do the work of the independence movement. Now that Ralph has shown his true character, Aafrin tells Singh he's all in.
Shocker: Aafrin found a letter incriminating Ralph, but didn't turn it over to Singh. He's a double? triple? rogue? agent!
Alice Whelan: Alice arrived in Simla as a "widow," but she was really on the run from her awful husband. Ralph knows the truth but wants only to protect his sister; Cynthia knows the truth, but she knows pretty much everything anyway; Sarah knows the truth and, like a Downton Abbey Season 1 Edith, blackmails the object of her jealousy. And Aafrin…
Secret: Simla's most popular Romeo and Juliet have progressed from yearning glances and stolen kisses to a full-on, flower petal strewn love tryst.
Shocker: Cynthia doesn't know!
Sarah Raworth: Sarah knows that her missionary husband, Dougie, and the mission orphanage's beautiful teacher Leena, are in love. Feeling rejected by society and her husband, Sarah puts Dougie on a short leash and appeals to his sense of morality and duty.
Secret: Sarah's blackmail of Alice works, as Ralph keeps his sister safe from exposure by securing a place for Sarah and Dougie's son, Matthew, at a posh boarding school back in England. Sarah's desire to return home is fulfilled as she goes with him.
Shocker: She allows Dougie to stay behind.
Other characters to watch:
Sooni Dalal: Political activism, ambition, and filial duty defined Sooni's conflicted character in Season 1 as she clashed with her (seemingly) British-loving brother, Aafrin; dabbled with revolution and jail; and realized that she needed to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. She still believes in an independent India, but complying with her fragile, beloved father, Darius, plus a tentative alliance with Aafrin and a growing friendship with Ian, have mellowed the former firebrand.
Ian McLeod: A genuine friendship with the doomed Ramu Sood transformed Ian McLeod from a drunken, debauched youth to champion of Sood's innocence (and persona-non-gratis at the Simla Club) and man of the people. While his efforts to prove Sood's innocence were for naught, and the innocent man was hanged to cover up Ralph's secrets, Ian became a crusader for Sood's memory, even stealing (what he mistakenly believed to be) Sood's ashes, and leading a mob in an impromptu procession and protest against the authorities.
Will the truth about Ramu Sood's innocence ever be proven? Will Alice and Aafrin go public? Whose side is Aafrin really on? And will Ralph become Viceroy? Find out when Indian Summers premieres, Sunday, September 11 at 10pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS!