"Return to Redwall"

Production #
Original U.S. Airdate
May 7, 2001
Original Canadian Airdate
Running time
Written by
Toby Roberts
Directed by
Raymond Jafelice, Luc Bihan


Official Synopsis

In the pit of the Kingdom of Malkariss, Matthias fights off Slagar who escapes to daylight as Matthias joins his battling friends-- now reinforced by the released slaves. As Matthias joyfully embraces Mattimeo, an earthquake shakes the ground, the terrible Polecat's statue topples and with it the kingdom of Malkariss starts to collapse-- with the slaves and rescuers still inside and Slagar outside and free.

At Redwall, Ironbeak penetrates the barricade which protects the Redwallers and takes them hostage. He attacks Sister May which enrages huge Stryk who fights an aerial duel with Ironbeak-- as Constance breaks free and attacks the birds from behind. Ironbeak's army quickly surrenders and Redwall is saved!

And the kingdom of Malkariss is doomed-- but not before Matthias and Orlando are safely ejected from the earthquake, only to face Slagar, the cause of their grief and loss. Fleeing from their ferocious attack, he falls into the depths of the collapsing underground city-- and is no more.

The victorious warriors return to Redwall to joyous greetings. The bells ring out as Matthias embraces Cornflower and Mattimeo and announces, "Father Abbot, we have come home."

Redwall is once more at peace.

Differences from Mattimeo

  • When Stryk Redkite attacks General Ironbeak, Ironbeak's rooks suppress her before she breaks free and kills him. In the book, she killed him directly without any interruption. In the episode, she kills Ironbeak outside while flying. In the book, she kills him in Great Hall.
  • Slagar’s death is slightly altered. In the book, as Slagar flees he misses his footing and falls to his death. In the television series, he flees but stops after seeing the well in front of him. He then picks up a large rock and throws it at Matthias and Orlando. After the two warriors break the rock, the rubble flies towards Slagar’s face, forcing him to back away from the flying rubble towards his face. As he walks backwards, he misses his footing and falls down the pit.
  • In the book, the remaining birds of Ironbeak’s flock were forced to wear collars around their necks, as a warning to never come back to Redwall. In the TV series, this never happens.


This episode includes the exact same featurettes from "Battle Plans."

Segments include:

The Redwall TV Series, Season 2

01 Slagar the Slaver | 02 The Magician Revealed | 03 Where the Little Folk Go | 04 Found... And Lost | 05 To be a Warrior | 06 Ironbeak (Redwall Season 2) | 07 Peril in the Toplands | 08 Feathered Friends and Foes | 09 The Abyss (Redwall Season 2) | 10 Malkariss (Redwall Season 2) | 11 Battle | 12 Reunited | 13 Return to Redwall