The Musketeers continues tomorrow night with ‘The Good Traitor’, the exciting tale of a Spanish general (played by guest star Colin Salmon) who makes our boys an offer they can’t refuse – but to collect, they must first rescue his kidnapped daughter (Antonia Thomas).

Digital Spy grilled Thomas about her guest stint on BBC One’s romantic, action-packed period caper – and here’s six things we learnt about this week’s adventure.

1. This week’s Musketeers is a swashbuckling adventure with advanced war weaponry!
“I play Samara,” reveals Thomas. “She’s the daughter of a Spanish general, but they’re also Moors and they’ve been exiled from Spain – so they have to flee but on their way to Morocco, Samara is kidnapped in Paris.

“My father is trying to get me back and the Musketeers become involved. There’s this tussle over something which my father has taken – this advanced piece of war weaponry – which the Spanish army want back. It’s this exciting swashbuckling adventure, really!”

2. Antonia agreed to audition for the show before she knew anything about her character!

“I’m a huge fan of period drama,” she explains. “And I love The Musketeers – it’s a great show. So when the audition came through from my agent, I immediately jumped at it without even knowing the storyline.”

3. ‘The Good Traitor’ is actually pretty educational, honest!

“I read the script and it was really interesting looking at a part of history that maybe isn’t so well known to people over here,” Thomas suggests.

“The exile of the Moors from Spain is fascinating in itself and then Samara as a character is great because she’s a very stoic, strong young woman. She’s just a really interesting character and nothing like anybody that I’ve played before.”

4. Samara and Porthos grow close, but keep things strictly platonic!
“Samara is kidnapped, Porthos has also been kidnapped and so they’re locked away together. They have to get to know each other quite quickly and figure out a way of escaping.

“But they also bond because Porthos is part-Moor too – he has his crisis of identity and with Samara having been exiled from Spain for being a Moor, they talk about the whole idea of race and bond over that.

“It’s an interesting [relationship] – it’s much more about identity and issues rather than anything romantic, which is really refreshing. It doesn’t go that way which is really interesting and really great, that [romance] doesn’t come into it at all.”

5. Antonia wasn’t allowed a sword, but still got to kick some ass!
“There’s a little scene where I get to do some fighting – which is great fun. It’s so brilliant being on set when all of the big fight scenes ensue, with the guys and their swords. I really wanted to do some swordplay but I wasn’t allowed a sword. I did get involved though, just throwing the odd punch!”

6. Samara might be back on The Musketeers – maybe!
Thomas is staying tight-lipped on Samara’s fate, but admits she’d love to come back to The Musketeers in future. “I’ve no idea about how the storylines work, I’m not privy to anything like that,” she says. “I’d of course love to go back to The Musketeers because I had such a wonderful time doing it… but I can’t tell you anything about that!”

The Musketeers continues tomorrow night (Friday, January 16) at 9pm on BBC One.

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