Rated: Mature Audiences
The third season of The Tudors moves through wives 3 and 4 (Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves) of Henry VIII. The other primary focus of the season is the uprising against the reformation and the eventual downfall of Thomas Cromwell.
I thought that Annabelle Wallis was a very fitting Jane. She was the one that Henry would always call his “true wife”. She had the perfect mix of caution and a little risk. For those of you who haven’t yet seen Season 3, you might not know that Jane is portrayed by a different actress than she was in Season 2 (Anita Briem in S2), which I found unfortunate. It was a little shocking as I watched seasons 2 and 3 back to back – I hate when they change up who is a character. It is fine when they have to age the character but otherwise not ok in my book.
I was surprised by how much I liked Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves – I was a little hesitant when I heard she had been cast because she is a singer without much acting experience. She portrayed Anne very well as the newcomer to England. I was also a little disappointed that only one episode was used to chronicle his marriage to Anne of Cleves. I understand that it was a very short marriage, but they could have done more with it.
We also get a little taste of Katherine Howard in the last episode of the season. She seems exactly like I would have pictured. It was also refreshing to see more and more of Princess Mary – I very much like Sarah Bolger who portrays her. She has a fire and determination that was so like her mother.
This season was also two episodes less than the preceding 2 (and the subsequent season). With only 8 episodes more was compressed into fewer episodes. This season left me less excited about the season than the previous 2 seasons. For me, these were the least two exciting wives. Overall so far, this has been my least favorite of the 3 seasons I have seen. It was still pretty good, just not as phenomenal as Seasons 1 and 2.
Here is a trailer of this season (FYI: some nudity in the trailer)
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