This Sunday, The Tudors returns to ShowTime for its season three premiere. Last season audiences saw King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) wed, bed, and behead Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) over ten episodes that spanned approximately three years. What’s in store for the capricious and temperamental medieval king this season?
The focus of season three will be on Henry’s marriages to his third and fourth wives, Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis) and Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone), wrapping up with an introduction to the teenage temptress who will become his fifth wife, Catherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant). The demure Jane was the only wife to provide Henry with a son and she might have saved Henry and his future wives a lot of trouble if she hadn’t died shortly after childbirth. Anne of Cleves’ marriage to Henry was a short-lived disaster; she only got to save her head by readily agreeing to an annulment.
Besides his romantic and procreative woes, Henry will spend the season dealing with the uprising of disenfranchised Catholics, who resent Henry’s right-hand man Thomas Cromwell (James Frain) for ordering the destruction and theft of the monasteries and churches. Henry dispatches Charles Brandon (Henry Cavill) to quash the Pilgrimage of Grace.
All of this and more begins this Sunday night, April 5, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 Central on ShowTime. The premiere is now available to watch on Fancast and other broadband streaming video websites. All episodes of The Tudors‘ third season will be available to watch on On Demand a week before they air on ShowTime.
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