Catherine the Great Empress of Russia has returned to power! Here’s everything we know about The Great Season 3 so far.
Only a few weeks remain until “The Great,” a historical and satirical black comedy-drama, returns for a third season on Friday, May 12, 2023, with all ten episodes dropping on the same day on Hulu. It is also speculated to air on Channel 4 in the UK beginning at 10 p.m., just like the other series that are available on the streaming platforms, which will be confirmed later.
It is not a surprise that the series was renewed, as the second season received critical acclaim from viewers around the globe! On Metacritic, the second season has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim.” In addition to this, Rotten Tomatoes holds a “Certified Fresh” 100% approval rating based on 24 reviews, with an average critic rating of 8.40/10.
The website’s critical consensus reads, “The Great continues its revisionist reign stronger than before thanks to its addictive wit and marvelous cast − huzzah!” Moreover, the official Twitter handle of the show also shared a new poster for The Great Season 3, quoting, “Season 3. May 12. #TheGreat.” Take a look at the official poster below.
The newly released exclusive still as shared by the network shows Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult as Peter III of Russia, being in an embrace and being all close up with each other, especially after what transpired in the last season, if you know what we mean, which has excited the fandom more than ever to see how the story will unfold in the upcoming season!
— The Great (@TheGreatHulu) March 1, 2023
The Great Season 3: What to expect in the new season?
The official description of the third season states, “The Great,” sees Catherine (Elle Fanning) and Peter (Nicholas Hoult) attempt to make their marriage work after some seemingly insurmountable problems. Peter witnessed his own attempted murder at Catherine’s hands and she also imprisoned all of his friends. On top of this, Peter is at a loose end playing First Husband to Catherine’s reign, so he busies himself with fathering, hunting, and salty culinary ventures.
But they’re not enough to keep him contented as visions of his late father (played by Jason Isaacs), get in his head about his failures as Peter the Great’s son. Catherine the Great starts making a name for herself beyond her borders and inspired by a visit from the US ambassador, sets up a conference where peasants, nobles, and merchants can all give their input on developing a new Russia. She learns that even the best political leaders sometimes need to make compromises in order to progress.
The main cast members who will reprise their roles are Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great, Nicholas Hoult as Peter III of Russia, Hoult also plays Yemelyan Pugachev, Phoebe Fox as Marial, Sacha Dhawan as “Orlo”, Grigory Orlov, Charity Wakefield as Georgina Dymova, Gwilym Lee as Grigor Dymov, Adam Godley as Archbishop “Archie”, Douglas Hodge as General Velementov, Belinda Bromilow as Elizabeth, Bayo Gbadamosi as Arkady, Florence Keith-Roach as Tatyana, and Danusia Samal as Lady Antonia Svenska.
The Great was created and is mostly written by Australian playwright and screenwriter Tony McNamara, based on his 2008 play of the same name. The series does not aim for historical accuracy and was described by Hulu as “anti-historical.” It is also executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Mark Winemaker, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoffand, Andrew Spaulding, Thruline’s Ron West, and Josh Kesselman. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.
The Great Season 2: What happened in the finale episode?
The second season finale episode, “Wedding,” aired back on November 19, 2021, and was directed by Colin Bucksey and written by Tony McNamara and Fiona Seres. The viewers got to see that, as the Ottomans agreed to meet Catherine, Marial planned her wedding. Despite Grigor’s pleas, Marial tells Catherine that Peter had sex with and then killed her mother by accident. Devastated, Catherine goes to the front to meet with the Ottomans.
Later, she is upset with Elizabeth for keeping Peter’s secrets and with Velamentov for pushing for war. Grigor realizes that Catherine now knows what happened to Joanna and warns Peter, who plans to flee with Paul, but finds he cannot take his son from his mother. Catherine and Peter each ponder their current situation: kill the other and take the throne for themselves, or forgive each other.
Catherine approaches the Sultan and tries to reason with him, but he responds by stabbing her in the hand. She then murders him and flees with Elizabeth. Peter’s supporters attempt another coup, while Catherine’s supporters debate the best way forward. Archie eventually decides to back Catherine because he believes she will help Russia prosper. Catherine confronts Peter at Marial and Maxim’s wedding.
But then she appears to forgive him and invites him to meet her in his room. Velamentov arrives at the wedding and arrests several nobles, including Marial, Grigor, and others, but not Georgina, on Catherine’s orders. Catherine enters Peter’s apartment and stabs him, then sobs over his body until Peter enters and realizes she has stabbed his double, Pugachev. Catherine embraces Peter, relieved, and they exchange awkward glances.
Take a look at the official trailer of the second season to recall all the events that showcase “Catherine’s giving birth to the future of Russia, and she’s crowning!” below:
While you wait for The Great Season 3 to premiere on May 12, 2023, catch up on the previous seasons.