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Stan’s excellent period drama ‘The Great’ is due back on screens


In some excellent Monday morning news, Stans period drama 'The Great' has been renewed for a second season and we are ready to binge the hell out of it.

Just two months after the hilarious period dramedy aired, executive producer and lead role Elle Fanning has announced via her Instagram that to fans relief, season 2 is set to air sometime in the future with the caption "I can’t hold it any longer! THE GREAT is renewed for a SEASON 2!!!!! Okay, now seriously @nicholashoult I’m going to get you this time..."  Huzzah.

Set in 18th Century Russia, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great, and Nicholas Hoult as her ridiculous and loathsome (albeit, extremely hot) husband, Emperor Peter. As we move through each episode, we witness a young and naive Catherine swiftly come-to the world and country she has married into and vows to both usurp her husband and create a new Russia. By forming a coup with the only trustworthy people in the palace, her scheme to overthrow Peter grows, as does her cunning plotting and downright sneaky behaviour.

While the historical account of Catherine the Great's reign was likely charged with less sexual tension, hilarity and drama, the underpinnings are there. Regardless, we can't wait to see where showrunner Tony McNamara (who also wrote 'The Favourite') and executive producer Elle Fanning take the story next as we were left with a cliffhanger so savage, all events occurring in the final episode will need to be confirmed in the season to come.

As for the release date, no definitive date/time has been announced as of yet. However, with the coronavirus pandemic still very much impacting all things on the planet, it's possible that the second season could arrive as late as 2021, which is the only downside of this otherwise positive news.

In the meantime, you can discover or rediscover 'The Great' via Stan.


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