Shogun Episode 9 Release Time and Recap

Here's everything you need to know before watching Shogun episode 9, including when and where to watch.

Fumi Mikado as Ochiba no Kata, Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko, Cosmo Jarvis as John Blackthorne
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This article contains spoilers through Shogun episode 8.

Things aren’t looking great for Lord Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his allies in FX’s Shōgun. He’s lost his son, and is currently being ushered to Osaka, where he will almost definitely be sentenced to death by Lady Ochiba (Fumi Mikado), Lord Ishido (Takehiro Hira), and the other Regents. Discouraged by Toranaga’s resignation to his fate, Hiromatsu (Tokuma Nishioka) speaks out against his decision to surrender, with the support of other leaders in Torganaga’s army. But as usual, things aren’t always what they seem with Torganaga, and he may still have a few tricks left up his sleeve.

Here’s everything you need to know before episode 9 of Shōgun, including where to watch and a full recap of episode 8.

When and Where Will Shogun Episode 9 Be Available to Watch?

Shōgun episode 9 “Crimson Sky” will be available to watch in the U.S. at 12 a.m. ET Tuesday, April 16 for Hulu subscribers. Those with cable or a live TV subscription can catch the broadcast airing of episode 9 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT Tuesday April 16.

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For U.K. viewers, Shōgun episode 9 will be available on Disney+ for subscribers beginning at 5 a.m. GMT Tuesday April 16.

Shogun Episode 8 Recap

After arriving in Edo, Toranaga is allowed to stay in his home for the customary mourning period to grieve the loss of his son before being forced to continue the trek to Osaka. During this time, his allies try to squeeze any secret plans out of him, not willing to accept that Toranaga is ready to give up. But try as they might, Toranaga, who has seemingly fallen ill since the death of his son, remains determined to surrender.

His most trusted advisor, Hiromatsu, is the only one truly brave enough to outwardly question Torganaga’s decision, but his honesty comes at a cost. Trying to appear strong in the face of defeat, Toranaga orders Hiromatsu to commit seppuku, which his former general does with honor.

Buntaro (Shinnosuke Abe) seems to extend an olive branch to Mariko (Anna Sawai) by offering to make her tea, which is a more intimate act than it may seem. She accepts, and they enjoy a brief moment of peace before Buntaro makes his true intentions known. Buntaro offers to finally give Mariko the death she has been craving – as long as the two of them can die together in protest of Toranaga’s surrender. Mariko refuses this, making it known that she has only sought death to be rid of Buntaro.

The Portuguese priest Martin Alvito (Tommy Bastow) makes a return, appearing in Edo to try and convince Toranaga to form an alliance with Ochiba and force Ishido out. Toranaga refuses, insisting on a formal surrender. He also makes his distrust of Alvito known, forcing him to communicate through Mariko even though he can speak Japanese. However, Toranaga assures him that he will have the land to build a church in Edo as promised. When Alvito goes to survey the plot of land, he discovers that he will be neighbors with Gin (Yuka Miyamoto) and Kiku’s (Yuka Kouri) new courtesan guild, showing that Toranaga has upheld his promise to them as well.

Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) has been relieved of his duties as Hatamoto after his reaction to Toranaga’s surrender. At first, he thinks this means that he’s one step closer to reuniting with his men and leaving Japan for good. But after finding himself disgusted by the behavior of one of his shipmates, Salamon (Dakota Daulby), Blackthorne realizes that he doesn’t want to go back to that life anymore. 

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Deciding that he must forge his own fate now, Blackthorne approaches Yabushige (Tadanobu Asano) to try and form an alliance. He knows that Yabushige isn’t thrilled about being asked to travel ahead to Osaka and turn himself and Blackthorne’s cannons over to Ishido and the council. At first, Yabushige maintains his outward loyalty to Toranaga and refuses Blackthorne’s request, but changes his mind after Hiromatsu’s death.

Meanwhile, in Osaka, Ishido proposes to Ochiba, trying to convince her that their union would only make their alliance stronger. Ochiba doesn’t give him an answer, but it doesn’t really seem like something she’s really into. Later, the former Taiko’s first wife Daiyoin (Ako) suffers from a stroke. On her deathbed, she begs Ochiba to release the hostages and end her crusade against Toranaga.

Back in Edo, Toranaga reveals his true intentions to Mariko, letting her know that Hiromatsu’s death was a ploy to convince everyone that he had truly given up. It was the only way he could be sure that his adversaries in Osaka would believe that his surrender was genuine. Knowing that Yabushige and Blackthorne would form an alliance behind his back, Toranaga sends Mariko to join them on their journey to Osaka.