The Great Season 3: Hulu, the show’s commissioner, calls the historical and satirical black comedy-drama series The Great, which is based on the rise to power of Catherine the Great, Empress of All Russia, “anti-historical.” The Great: An Occasionally True Story and The Great: An Almost Entirely Untrue Story are both subtitles for the first season.
The first season’s 10 episodes were made available on Hulu on May 15, 2020. Elle Fanning plays Catherine II, and Nicholas Hoult plays her husband, Peter III, in the show. Hulu picked up the show for a second season in July 2020, and it returned on November 19, 2021. The third season order was officially announced in January 2022.
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The Great Season 3 Storyline
Season 2 of The Great was another riotously funny journey through time (or almost history). After Catherine’s (Elle Fanning) successful coup, the season focused on her battle to be acknowledged as Empress. At the same time, Peter (Nicholas Hoult) is trying to figure out who he is if not the anointed tsar of Russia. Catherine spared his life after the coup, but things were tense in the marriage before the birth of their son Paul.
Their love had been through a lot, but things were looking good as the finale approached. Catherine had opened up to Peter about her feelings, and now the couple was raising their child together. Only one major obstacle remained: Peter had slept with her mother Joanna (Gillian Anderson), causing her to commit suicide by jumping out of a palace window. If Catherine ever found out the truth, which she does, it would be the end of it, Peter reasoned.
At the start of the finale, everyone, including Catherine’s best friend Marial, is feeling confident (Phoebe Fox). She’s engaged in an extramarital romance with Grigor (Gwilym Lee) while simultaneously making plans to marry her eight-year-old cousin Maxim (Henry Meredith). Peter and Catherine have fallen in love, but Marial still dislikes him and isn’t happy about it.
Marial is forced to make a difficult decision when Grigor reveals that Peter is to blame for Joanna’s death. After correctly noting that the court’s still-divided allegiance will lead to them all killing each other if the information comes out, Grigor begs her to let it go and keep the peace. When Catherine starts gushing about how Peter is her “one true love,” Marial almost manages to keep quiet, but then she reveals the tragic truth: Joanna is dead, and it’s all Peter’s fault.
Catharine takes out her resentment for her mother’s murder of the Ottomans near the frontier. War has been simmering between the two empires all season, and it’s looking bad for Russia at the moment. Catherine uses her trip to the front to negotiate with the Sultan (who recently attempted to murder her via poisoned candles) as an excuse to spend time apart from Peter and a constructive way to channel her frustration.
Catherine is accompanied to this meeting by a random soldier because she has so little support from her people. She sets out to use her charm to win over the infamously sexist Sultan (Billy Postlethwaite), but he immediately throws her off guard when she spots the necklace of human ears he’s wearing. She does her best at diplomacy nonetheless, and the Sultan looks receptive, at least until she catches him looking in her ears.
At Marial and her young cousin’s wedding reception, tensions boil over. The plotters have laid the groundwork for a violent showdown, but Peter still has one more trick up his sleeve. The rulers have a marriage debate once the Empress and her court arrive. Peter admits the truth about what he did to Joanna and apologizes from the bottom of his heart.
Catherine warned him that “there are limits” to what a wife can tolerate, but she seems to accept his apologies, saying that true love may involve accepting the “f**ked up-edness” of the person you love. However, the night does not finish with a happily ever after because The Great is neither a historical document nor a fairy tale. Catherine goes off to tuck Paul into bed, telling Peter she’ll come around to Peter’s flat later.
After she leaves, Velementov crashes the celebration and takes many of Peter’s supporters into custody. Marial is included, but Georgina (Charity Wakefield), a key player in the most recent coup attempt, is conspicuously left out. As this is going on, a despondent Catherine sneaks into Peter’s room, grabs a knife, and stabs him multiple times in the back.
Only as she sobs over his corpse does she understand that it wasn’t Peter but rather his duplicate, Pugachev (also played by Hoult). She runs into his arms in a state of euphoric relief when the real Peter walks in. Pugachev, astonishingly still alive, storms out, leaving the unhappy couple to grapple with the question, “What now?” And with that, the screen goes black.
The Great Season 3 Cast And Characters
The Great Season 3 Release Date
As of November 2022, we do not have a release date for the third season of The Great. The excellent news is that production on the third season of The Great has finally begun. Hulu made the happy announcement in January 2022 that the series had been picked up for a second season, and there will be ten episodes in the upcoming season. A jubilant message on Twitter served as confirmation of the news.