“The role of prophecy is . . . central in 2 Henry VI, in that it gives to the play a dominant pattern of prediction and eventual fulfillment” (Bevington). This pattern isn’t satisfied, however, as a result of King Henry’s lackadaisical style. Throughout the play, it is clear that Henry is ineffectual as a ruler. Not only that, those who represent him are also handicapped. In fact, as Bevington states, “The forces of good do not fare well.”
“Henry VI, Part 2 keeps its audience in suspense about the ultimate fate of the king by ending as it does at the beginning of the Wars of the Roses. . . The outcome of these wars will be presented in Henry VI, Part 3” (Mowat, xvii). Resolution will have to wait.