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Versailles - Season 2 ((EXCLUSIVE))

A second season was ordered prior to the season one premiere. Filming for the second season began in February 2016; its story took place four years after that of the first season. The second season premiered on 27 March 2017 in France and aired from 21 April 2017 in Britain. On 14 September 2016, producer Claude Chelli confirmed that Versailles had been renewed for a third season, which began filming in April 2017. On 17 April 2018, Variety reported that the third season of Versailles would be its last.

Versailles - Season 2

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On 14 September 2016, producer Claude Chelli confirmed that Versailles had been renewed for a third season, which would begin filming in April 2017.[4] On 11 May 2017, the official Instagram account of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte published pictures of the ongoing shoot of the third season.[5] On 17 April 2018, Variety reported that the third season of Versailles would be its last.[6]

Versailles premiered on 16 November 2015 on Canal+ in France and on Super Channel in Canada, in May 2016 on BBC Two in Britain, and on 1 October 2016 on Ovation in the U.S. The Movie Network gave early access to all of season 2 in October 2016, prior to its 2017 broadcast dates.[8] The series stayed on the English-language Super Channel until May 2016[9] but was gone by December 2016,[10] after TMN had made season 2 available early. The French version of Super Channel is keeping the show available until 8 November 2020. City aired the first six episodes of season 1 from 4 January to 25 February.[11]

The second season premiered on 27 March 2017 in France,[12] and on 21 April 2017 in Britain.[12] At some point after the first season concluded, Super Channel lost the Canadian broadcast rights to the series.[13] Subsequently, The Movie Network picked up those rights and began airing reruns of the first season.[14][better source needed]

The first season of Versailles received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It holds a 55 out of 100 rating on Metacritic, based on six reviews,[16] and an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 6.56 out of 10, based on 10 reviews.[17] Marjolaine Boutet of Le Monde gave the first season a mixed review, stating that its ambition was both its main flaw and what made it a quality television series, and added that the series' most fascinating character, Louis XIV's gardener Jacques (Gilly Gilchrist), did not have enough screen time.[18]

"So we start to see the underbelly of this monster that Louis has created, and all of the characters go on this twisting journey downwards into darkness, Louis particularly, and he has to face a lot of his own demons through the course of season two."

"It is very much her story, in a way, that we're following. And two years have passed since the end of season one to the beginning of season two, and we've really now seen how she has established herself as the most powerful woman in France or in the world at that time.

Blagden says: "Louis very quickly realises in this second season that as much as he doesn't agree with his brother's methods, what he brings to the building and this community that Louis' trying to create in Versailles is extremely important element, the sparky fiery personality that Philippe brings, it's an important element to have in the building, whether it's entirely useful all the time or not. And in realising this, it means that he has to get him back."

Vlahos says: "In season one we really hammered home that relationship between the two brothers, and it was almost like the heartbeat, the skeleton of the show. In season two, they're keeping us apart, and when they do eventually meet there are fireworks, but it's almost like they're having a different argument now. They're a bit older, they're a bit wiser, their relationship has evolved now into I guess much more of a royal relationship rather than a sibling relationship."

Hoping to build on the success of Season 1, arts network Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to the second season of hit series Versailles, from Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group. The series follows the reign of King Louis XIV, a monarch who will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most-beautiful palace in Europe and seizing absolute control of France and his enemies. Season one of Versailles debuted on October 1, 2016 on Ovation, and established itself as the most-watched telecast for the network to date. A Canal+ Creation Originale, the series is co-produced by Capa Drama, Zodiak Fiction and Incendo.

Louis makes a last ditch to get the truth out of Montespan. When she only confesses to loving him, he dumps her. She goes to the priest to confess her sins. She confesses to all the sins she was defiantly proud of earlier this season.

Thank you for reading ? I mentioned that meeting in one of the episode reviews as pretty much the only fictional thing I liked this season. Regarding the Iron Mask, I have a article about it on the blog about who it might have been. ?

Amazon Prime will take streaming rights for the series in the U.K., and Zodiak Rights, which is handling international sales for the show, said it has closed deals across Europe for season two, including with pay TV group C More for Scandinavia, Movistar+ for Spain and RTP1 for Portugal. DirectTV nabbed Latin American rights for Versailles, and Universal has a worldwide pan-entertainment deal for the show.

The first 10-episode season of Versailles was a hit in France, where it premiered to record ratings on pay TV channel Canal Plus. Zodiak sold season one to more than 135 countries worldwide. In the U.S., the first season of the show went out on Ovation.

After earning Ovation TV its highest ratings ever for its sexy debut season, Versailles is returning this fall with a darker, more troubling second installment. This suspenseful first scene is just the first glimpse of a season filled with court intrigue and backstabbing.

This article contains spoilers.Check out our article on the historical accuracy of the 1st season of Versailles.Season 2 of Versailles focuses on increasing tensions at court as the nobles have numerous feuds against each other as well as with the king. Meanwhile, new religious fervor, headed by the queen (Queen Maria Theresa of Spain).External threats are also present, with William of Orange becoming more powerful in Holland and threatening Louis XIV's hold on power.Historical BackgroundThe second series begins at around 1671, a few years after Season 1 ended. By this point, the Dauphin (the eldest son and heir of Louis XIV) has been recovered and the plot against him by Protestants and the Dutch has been thwarted. This kidnapping was creativity, which likely never occurred in Louis' reign. There was continued unrest, however, stemming from earlier revolts against the King and French nobility in general, during the so-called Fronde rebellion that occurred during Louis' childhood. This led to courtiers to spy and sometimes attempt to thwart Louis' ambitions, including through poisonings. Many of the poisonings were also done between nobles, as they attempted to attain power or kill rival nobles, such as the killing of one of Louis' ministers (the Affair of the Poisons). This event largely took places after Season 2 but seems to make it as part of the season.[1]Several main characters are killed in the second season, including Claudine (the doctor) and the chief gardener at Versailles. Meanwhile, Louis and his brother (Philippe I, Duke of Orléans) continue their feuding, where finally the Duke returns to court under the wishes of his brother. In fact, a key event is the marriage of the Duke, after his wife (who was purported to be Louis' lover), had died, allegedly from poisoning in Season 1. The new marriage, with Princess Palatine, seems to start at a difficult level for the two, given Philippe's homosexuality complicating the relationship, but soon it evolves into a friendship with the Duke sometimes performing his duties in the marital bed despite his sexual preferences. In fact, this causes tensions in the episodes, as the Chevalier, the Duke's lover, becomes jealous and increasingly worried he has lost his lover.[2]

Versailles Season 2 takes far more liberty with historical accuracy relative to Season 1. In fact, some events begin to combine different periods in Louis' reign. Generally, the conflict with the Dutch, Affairs of the Poisons, common court feuds, including between Madame de Montespan and the queen, did occur, but the details were often likely different. Many characters are shown as jealous and power hungry, which is generally true from what we know. Various characters, including Fabien Marchel, who is the chief investigator and private enforcer, are fictional.[5]Louis XIV: This season shows Louis having more difficulties sleeping. In part, he seems haunted by his image and whether or not he would make a good king and leave a lasting legacy. His affair with Madame de Montespan causes problems for him, particularly at court, with the queen, and the church. The church was known to have rebuked Madame de Montespan, by refusing to give her communion, and trying to get Louis to end the affair. However, this never ultimately succeeded. He even eventually legitimizes his children with his lover, a move that caused a lot of anger in the church. Louis still shows himself being a strong character when it counts and making decisive decisions, despite his worries and deep stress.[6]

Prince Philippe: While the princes' homosexuality is a well known fact, other aspects of his personality were more fictional. For instance, it is not clear that the king and Prince Philippe ever had any open feuds to the extent they were depicted. Prince Philippe was known to have great skill in the battlefield, which is discussed in Season 2, where it was found surprising that the king did not send him to fight the Dutch rather than lead the battle(even by William III). Historically, Phillipe did often lead in many of the major conflicts France was involved in. [7] Madame de MontespanMadame de Montespan: Her character was developed perhaps more than any other character in Season 2, as she now fights and tries to maintain her power position as the chief mistress to the king. Her hold on power is displayed, where Louis' ministers begin to question if she is having too much influence on the king and affecting his decision making in political areas. Her willingness to use whatever means needed to hold onto her power have some accuracy, as there is evidence she used her wit and charm to attain relatively high power for a period and was willing to poison her rivals.[8]Princess Palatine: She is the one major character who is new in this season. She is shown as a naive princess when she arrives in court, dressed inappropriately and sometimes made fun of. However, it is clear she learns and finds a way to adjust to her role as the wife of Phillipe despite knowing she will never find deep love with him. In effect, she makes the most out of a difficult, political situation she was forced into. There is some truth to this, as Princess Palatine and Phillipe were reported to be relatively happy together despite the apparent sexual incompatibilities. They managed to have several children, who went on to be the chief Catholic line of European kings and queens in the decades and centuries after them. Many letters left behind by the princess have allowed scholars to more effectively understand her life and legacy.[9] 041b061a72


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