Huzzah! A second season of The Great is on the way


This great show (it might even be, cough, your Favourite) returns later in the year after 2020’s impressive, hilarious and shocking first season.

You know what they say: behind every idiotic and possibly psychopathic man, there’s a great woman. Like Catherine the Great, as played with acerbic relish by Elle Fanning.

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The Great is created, written and executive produced by Oscar nominee Tony McNamara, whose previous biting work on The Favourite is still a clear influence here. “It’s a show that very much lives up to its title,” Steve Newall wrote of the first season: “I can’t wait to see more.” Well, soon we will.

Season one of Neon‘s blackly comedic series The Great showed us that the young Catherine is a force to be reckoned with, and she’s set to continue her reign in the show’s second season. It’s hard not to follow her example in the trailer below and shout a triumphant, “Huzzah!”

Following on from the disastrous (and hilarious) marriage of Catherine and her spoiled husband Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult), season two sees the couple locked into a more literal war. She’s set on liberating Russia (even if the country itself isn’t keen on the idea) while he’s skulking around the palace with a pistol in each hand.

While there’s no confirmed release date for season two in New Zealand, as you can see in the trailer above, The Great returns to Hulu in the US on November 19. Is Neon likely to be rushing this back to our screens after the success of season one? You’d have to think so.

Gillian Anderson joins the cast for season two, guest starring as Catherine’s disapproving mother alongside returning and new cast members Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Bayo Gbadamosi and Aussie actress Belinda Bromilow.

Raise a glass to season two of The Great! And then, probably, smash it to pieces like every other cheers.