Renewed Or Cancelled?
The Empress has captivated audiences and given them a déjà vu. Just like Netflix’s super successful The Crown, The Empress is an extremely impressive period piece with almost a psychological twist. Unlike many shows grounded in the past, the show is not so much about history as it is about historical figures.
Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz’s marriage and the former’s subsequent time in the palace navigating the royal duties and her love affair with Franz are at the core of the plot.
Having finished season 1 and the cliffhanger it ends at, you must be wondering if it has been renewed for season 2. Here’s what we know:
What is The Empress about?
Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau) is wedded to the Emperor of Austria, Franz (Philip Froissant) in an unexpected turn of events. Originally, Elisabeth’s sister Helene (Elissa Schlott) was supposed to marry the Emperor but a chance meeting and love, at first sight, changed things.
Franz’s overbearing matriarch, Sophie (Melika Foroutan), keeps a tight watch over her son’s personal and political life. Brother Maximilian (Johannes Nussbaum) is a bit of a show-off and wild goose, much like Elisabeth, who takes time adjusting to the royal traditions and excesses the palace offers her.
Season 1 focuses on this reconciliation of the Empress’ free-spirited worldview and the restrictive walls of royalty. In the background, a bloody conspiracy brews from those who revolt against the crown’s ways. At the core of the tension is an imminent war between the Russians and the Allied, forcing the Empire to make a difficult choice.
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Has The Empress been renewed for season 2?
At the time of writing this, The Empress has officially been renewed for season 2. The Empress was billed as a limited series but given how the finale ends and the fact that the show had been trending in the top 10 for several months, this is great news.
Moreover, instant comparisons to The Crown and critical appreciation for season 1 are more fundamental and sound reasons for Netflix to come up with the announcement soon.
This article over at DigitalSpy breaks down the details in full but it’s great to see the show will be returning for more in the future.
What could happen in Season 2 and when could it be released?
In terms of plot, writers have an entire life to choose from. Elisabeth reigned for a long time and saw many a war in her tenure. Her eccentric and mysterious personality also garnered the attention of many historians. Her shenanigans while on the throne – like building a castle on a Greek island and learning Greek to live in isolation – will keep us guessing as to season two’s plot. The sky is the limit for season 2. It should begin from the moment season 1 ended – Elisabeth winning the confidence of the public, something the crown couldn’t do for decades.
Season 1 was itself light on historical accuracy so that element also remains. We might even be able to see it only in the second half of 2023.
Are you happy to see The Empress renewed for season 2? What do you think will happen in the next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!