The big‘s cunning Empress Catherine may have staged a coup against her husband Peter, also known as the Emperor of Russia, but the dysfunctional duo will have to persevere now that they are expecting a baby in season 2.
The new season, which arrives this Friday on Hulu, sees the couple navigating in a stinging dynamic as married monarchs who also happen to be political enemies at war and expectant parents. Their confinement in the same elegant palace, while at odds, only makes things more confusing as time goes on.
“They’re evolving in a way into a strange friendship,” showrunner Tony McNamara tells TVLine. “They’re a couple, but they have this boy together, but she’s also made him his prisoner, and he seems to have a lot of power for a guy who’s a prisoner. It just leaves them in a complex dynamic that gets more complicated as the season goes on.
The big question, though, is how will these two shape themselves as parents? Catherine is naive, optimistic and politically savvy. Peter can meanwhile be cruel and impulsive, but also shows compassion from time to time. How it translates to paternity is unclear.
“He’s such an enthusiast for life. He probably thinks he’s a good father and wants to be a good father. Whether he is or not, we have to show,” teases McNamara. “His heart is, as always, strange enough. the right place. “
As Catherine (played by Elle Fanning) takes the Russian throne, she will discover that overthrowing her husband is nothing compared to “the realities of ‘liberating’ a country that does not want to be,” according to the official synopsis .
The coup will make her go up against her court, her team and even her own mother Joanna (played by Gillian Anderson), who think she knows what is for her daughter – even if her actions say otherwise.
“She’s a bit of a complicated mother,” it said Store says the boss about Catherine’s mother. “At best, she loves her daughter also very. At worst, she’s a kind of monster. ”
Catherine will also have to sort out her feelings about Peter as she tries to initiate major changes for Russia. It can not be too difficult, can it?
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