Season 2 of “The Spanish Princess” begins October 11
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Season 2 of The spanish princess starts Sunday October 11 on Starz. Season 1 focused on young Catherine’s efforts to secure her place on the English throne following the death of her first husband, Prince Arthur, shortly after their marriage. By the end of the season, she had won the heart of Prince Harry (Ruairi O’Connor) and was on the verge of becoming Queen.
Despite the happy ending, there were already hints of mistrust and suspicion that will ultimately destroy the royal couple’s marriage. Although Catherine firmly adhered to the lie that she is a virgin, Henry seemed to suspect that his bride was not being entirely honest. Eventually, he will become convinced that their marriage is invalid, which will lead him to break with the Catholic Church so that he can divorce Catherine and marry another woman.
Catherine of Aragon goes to war
The action-packed trailer for upcoming episodes of The spanish princess shows that those little cracks in Henry and Catherine’s relationship are about to get much deeper. When the season begins, the newly crowned Henry VIII and his queen are in love and expecting a child. But their happiness does not last. The baby dies, Henry goes to war with France, and a pregnant Catherine – wearing custom maternity armor – leads the English army against Scotland in her absence. But all of Catherine’s strength is useless if she cannot produce a male heir. At the end of the trailer, she and her husband are at odds, and he’s flirting with other women, possibly his future wife, Anne Boleyn.
I wish you were a woman instead of a soldier, ”Henry said to Catherine.
“Then I would be someone else,” she replies.
Catherine’s struggle to have a child is at the heart of season 2
Catherine and Henry’s failure to have a surviving boy is at the heart of this season of The Spanish Princess.
“Much of this season is something that is so rarely written or portrayed on television, which is a woman’s struggle, or a couple’s struggle, to have a child, and the absolute angst in it. can cause, ”showrunner Emma Frost told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year.
Catherine’s fertility issues don’t just drive a wedge between her and Henry. They also affect her relationship with her friend and maid of honor (Stephanie Levi-John).
“Lina and Catherine’s relationship will be under pressure, as modern women’s relationships sometimes do when one person has something the other desperately wants,” Frost said.
A new perspective on a familiar story
The unfortunate end of Catherine’s story is well known. But Frost told Elle she was seeing The spanish princess as casts the queen in a new and more sympathetic light.
“In the end, we can find her as someone we recognize in the history books,” she says. But she added that she hopes the show “will transform everyone’s perception of who she was, what she’s accomplished in her life, and what she stood for.” ”
The spanish princess Season 2 premieres Sunday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.