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Wolf Hall returns to BBC for a riveting finale.

November 20, 2023
Wolf Hall returns to BBC for a riveting finale.

The highly acclaimed BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy is set to make a triumphant return for its second and final season. Following the success of the first season, which brought Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to life on the small screen, the new installment will tackle the concluding chapter, titled Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light.

Reprising their roles from the BAFTA-winning first season are Mark Rylance as the cunning Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as the formidable King Henry VIII, and Jonathan Pryce as the intriguing Cardinal Wolsey. The stellar cast also includes Kate Phillips as Jane Seymour and Lilit Lesser as Princess Mary, adding to the anticipation for what promises to be a captivating continuation of the Tudor drama.

The Mirror and the Light picks up the narrative in May 1536, a pivotal moment in history marked by the execution of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife. As Cromwell emerges from the bloodbath, the season will delve into his relentless pursuit of power and wealth, navigating the treacherous political landscape of Henry’s court. The synopsis hints at a turbulent time with rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad, and the looming threat of invasion, all testing Henry’s regime to its limits.

Director Peter Kosminsky, who helmed the first season, expressed his joy at reuniting the extraordinary cast for this final chapter. The season promises to honor the legacy of Hilary Mantel, one of the greatest literary figures of our time. With the story resuming right after the execution of Anne Boleyn, viewers can expect a seamless continuation of the gripping narrative that made Wolf Hall a television sensation.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC Chief Content Officer, praised the series as a “stunning and unforgettable adaptation” of Mantel’s novels, highlighting its status as one of the all-time great television dramas. She expressed delight in reuniting the exceptional creative team and lead cast, emphasizing the importance of concluding Mantel’s thrilling saga on the BBC.

The political intrigue, moral complexities, and the ever-present threat of Henry’s unpredictable nature will once again take center stage. As Thomas Cromwell strives to balance survival instinct with a desire to do what is right, viewers will be taken on a rollercoaster ride through the brutal and bloody times of 16th-century England. The question that lingers is, how enduring can one withstand the harsh and unpredictable scrutiny of Henry?

As filming for Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light is set to begin shortly, fans of historical drama can eagerly anticipate the return of this masterfully crafted series to BBC Two. With the original creative team and cast intact, the final season promises to be a fitting conclusion to a television saga that has left an indelible mark on audiences worldwide.

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