Hulu confirmed ‘The Great’ season 2; Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult will return

The Great will return for season 2 with Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, reprising their roles as the Empress and Emperor of Russia.

The American comedy-drama television series The Great has just debuted on Hulu on May 15. However, the show has already gathered a lot of hype from its viewers. Due to its imminent popularity, the streaming giant Hulu has decided to order a second season of the series.

Reportedly, the forthcoming installment will have a total of 10 episodes. The announcement did not come as a shock nevertheless. This was because Hulu previously disclosed that The Great was one of the top-performing original comedies of the platform.

More about the series

Civic Center Media, in association with MRC Television, produced The Great. The idea came from The Favourite’s Tony McNamara. He also created, wrote, and executive produced the series. 

The satirical show stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as the Empress and Emperor of Russia, respectively. It also features famous idols such as Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow. 

As for the plot, it follows the story of the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history with only a few occasional facts.

What and who to expect in the upcoming season

The first season of The Great showcased Catherine the Great arriving in Russia to marry Peter III. After their marriage, Peter III subsequently drove her towards insanity with his nonstop barrage of misogynistic buffoonery. As a result, Catherine made it her mission to claim the throne for herself.

The preceding season will continue from where the first installment left off. One of the lead stars, Elle Fanning, disclosed on Entertainment Weekly:

“I feel like season 2 would probably continue on this story. I don’t know exactly when it would pick up, but it would be us at this age. We have our fingers crossed.”

Fans will also likely witness Catherine’s later years and her relationship with her several lovers. Moreover,  the second series could explore class divisions in Russia, as per what showrunner Marian Macgowan previously hinted.

Macgowan further explained:

“I think if season two if we were to be so lucky, we would certainly explore that more because she would become more active and therefore it would be more relevant.”

As for the cast, the entire lead stars will reprise their roles for the forthcoming run of The Great. 

When will The Great season 2 arrive

As of press time, there has been no information regarding The Great season 2’s release date. If it follows the same release pattern, it could arrive in 2021. However, it could also face some serious delays given the current health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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