Who Are the Critch on Amazon's 'Carnival Row'? All the Details on the Buzzed-About Show

Shannon Raphael - Author

Mar. 22 2021, Updated 11:52 a.m. ET

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The latest Amazon original series, Carnival Row, is appeasing fantasy fans who have been feeling a void since Game of Thrones went off the air in May. The show stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, and Amazon is firmly standing by the show; it got renewed for a second season more than a month before it even premiered. 

Carnival Row centers on a group of mythical creatures living in a city where they are unwanted by the masses.

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The concept of the show mirrors the current political climate and, subsequently, is being dissected by critics and fans alike. One element of the show that people are buzzing about is the Critch, the servant class in the show. What is the Critch meaning in Carnival Row? What they represent and details on The Pact.

What's the meaning behind the Critch in Carnival Row?

Because Carnival Row is an original story that is not based on a book series, there is nothing for fans to reference when there is confusion over the plot. 

Hence why many fans have taken to the internet to ask questions about what certain elements of Carnival Row represent. The show includes numerous different species, including the Humans, who make up the majority of the city and are the "citizen" class. 

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If you are not a Human in Carnival Row, then you are a Creature. A more derogatory term for this group is "Critch." While Orlando Bloom plays a Human named Rycroft Philostrate aka Philo, his star-crossed love, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne), is a Critch. 

More specifically, she is a Fae, which is a fairy subset group in the Critch class. Other groups that are considered Critch include Fauns, who resemble goats and have horns. The Fauns tend to be the servants in the city.

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The Critch resemble the immigrant class in Carnival Row, and many of them are refugees to the city. The Human class has disdain for the Critch, which is why most of them work in service. In the first episode, a Faun selling meat is given undue punishment by the law enforcement (aka The Pact). Philo is unlike his human counterparts, as he defends the Critch, and is in love with one. 

SPOILERS on what The Pact in Carnival Row means.

No show is complete without a little conflict, and The Pact serves as the villainous group in Carnival Row. Though they don't appear on-screen a lot in the first season's eight episodes, their presence is felt by the rest of the characters. 

The Pact is a group of human soldiers set on eliminating the "threat" that the Critch group represents. We find out that The Pact decimated the Fae's former homeland, which led them to go to the city.

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The Pact is an extremely violent group armed with guns and barbed wire. They use the barbed wire to target the faerie class from flying. They also use wolves during battles, a tactic that allows them to continuously win. The show set up The Pact to be an intimidating force, so it's likely that we'll see more of them in the second season. 

Carnival Row is available to stream on Amazon Prime. 

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