Hulu’s historical dramedy ‘The Great’ is a fictionalized take on the rise of Russia’s longest-ruling female leader, Catherine the Great. It follows a vulnerable and bubbly Catherine as she marries Peter III but is shocked to find the regressive and bleak conditions of Russia, under the rule of her dim-witted husband. She soon embarks upon a mission to overthrow Peter III and revitalize Russia back to its original glory. The show has been created by ‘The Favorite’ screenwriter, Tony McNamara.
Season 1 was well-received by the audiences and critics for its grand production design, period costumes, cinematography, and immaculate direction. Fans have been waiting for any news about ‘The Great’ season 2. Well, here’s everything we know about it.
The Great Season 2 Release Date
‘The Great’ season 1 dropped in its entirety on May 15, 2020, on Hulu. It consists of ten episodes with a runtime of 45-55 minutes each.
Hulu conceived ‘The Great’ as a mini-series, which means the makers most likely didn’t plan for multiple seasons when they started working on the show. But the end of the first season doesn’t showcase whether Catherine succeeds in killing her husband and claiming the throne. However, people familiar with the actual history or HBO’s ‘Catherine the Great’ might be able to fill up the gaps. In case you’re wondering about the future of the series, Hulu has made no official announcement about the renewal or the cancellation of ‘The Great.’ So as of today, it is unlikely that the makers will come up with ‘The Great’ season 2.
But you never know, as it’s a period drama, there is enough source material for the creators to continue the show for another season. If we couple that with the fact that is has received a positive response from the audiences and critics, the network might green-light the series for a second season. Honestly, the future of the show depends upon whether Hulu and the creators manage to strike a renewal deal. If it happens, we can expect ‘The Great’ season 2 to release in 2023 or later.
The Great Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
The series features Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great, Nicholas Hoult as Peter III of Russia, Phoebe Fox as Marial, Gwilym Lee as Grigor Dymov, Louis Hynes as Vlad, Sacha Dhawan as Orlov, Adam Godley as Archie, Douglas Hodge as General Velementov, and Sebastian De Souza as Leo.
The cast also comprises Bayo Gbadamosi as Arkady, Charity Wakefield as Georgina, Belinda Bromilow as Aunt Elizabeth, and Richard Pyros as Count Raskolnikov. If renewed, along with the return of most members from the main cast of season 1, we expect to see some new additions to the cast of season 2. The first season most likely seals the fate of Leo, Peter III of Russia, and Archie. Therefore, Sebastian De Souza, Nicholas Hoult, and Adam Godley might not come back for another round.
The Great Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
In the finale of the first season, Catherine’s secret coup d’état gets butchered in the last moment when she realizes Peter has abducted Leo. When she confronts him about it, Peter confines her into a room. As Orlov gears up to kill Archie, Marial stops him and tells Archie everything about the coup. She later lays down the whole plan in front of Peter, who is infuriated but refrains from killing Catherine on learning about her pregnancy.
As Peter has the upper hand over Catherine, he asks her to either order Velementov and his forces to retreat or lose her lover forever. After contemplating for a while, Catherine bids farewell to Leo and asks Velementov to fire. Despite knowing the repercussions of the decision on her personal life, Catherine chooses land over love.
In case there is a season 2, it will pick up right from the season 1 ending. We can expect Catherine to assume the throne she has earned by sacrificing the only person she loved, Leo. Following his death, Catherine might realize that she has got nothing to lose, which may lead her to leave her vulnerable and naïve persona behind and adopt ferity as a ruling trait. With a team of noblemen by her side, Catherine might reinvigorate Russia until it becomes one of the great powers of Europe.
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