Well, people, we have finally reached the end of The Spanish Princess (2019-2020)! That’s right, Starz has announced that this will be the final season (their next project will be an adaptation of some of Alison Weir’s fiction and non-fiction books about Eleanor of Aquitaine, which should be … interesting?). And I’m glad, because I can’t see these actors playing older Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII.
There were just two episodes left to watch, and in them we go through what this show is portraying as “the end” of Catherine and Henry’s relationship (no divorce proceedings; Anne Boleyn barely pops up as The Next Floozy before things end). I’ve been much happier with season 2 (plot- and costume-wise), except for the fundamental issue of having Catherine having lied to Henry about sleeping with her first husband/his brother, Arthur. As I’ve previously explained, that just in no way understands the essence Catherine’s character and so makes the foundation of the show super shaky and implausible.
Margaret Tudor continued to be overacted by poor Georgie Henley. I am sort-of happy that they got the whole “firing cannons at her deadbeat husband” thing, although the context was different, and I seriously doubt Margaret did the firing herself.
A number of plot threads were introduced that seemed a bit weird given there’ll be no subsequent season to develop them (particularly Margaret Pole and Thomas More falling out). Lina’s plans to leave England felt more appropriate to a denouement, although let us note Rosa showed up wearing Catherine’s season 1 sari bodice dress:
I gave them some major side-eye for Anne Boleyn. I actually liked how they approached it — Anne was just a rando at court until Henry took a fancy to her. But they skipped over Mary Boleyn and reversed the casting of the two sisters:
Costume-wise, these episodes finally found early 16th-century Tudor dress! I actually applaud costume designer Pam Downe for getting us there and realize she had to connect her designs to those of season 1, although I wish she would have gotten there sooner. More specific thoughts:
And then, HOLY SHIT Y’ALL, THIS HAPPENED:
What did you think of The Spanish Princess season 2?