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The Serpent Queen : Samantha Morton is seen in this epic role of Catherine de Medici .

The Serpent Queen is an upcoming American period drama television series revolving around the life of Catherine de Medici.  The series gives a message that you should always put your family first. It also teaches viewers to not be cruel like Catherine who wanted to make sure that her husband and son both had a happy life.  Was created by Justin Haythe and based on the non-fiction book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. It is set to premiere on Starz.

What is the plot of the story?

The series is set in 1559, two years before the assassination of Parisian King Henry II. Rival claimants to the French throne’s throne vie for power as Catherine de Medici (Lily Rabe) attempts to maintain her own political and sexual influence in France.

Who is in the cast? What role did each character portray?

The cast includes Samantha Morton, Ray Panthaki, Tom Bateman, and Laura Carmichael. Samantha Morton portrayed the role of Catherine de Medici and Ray Panthaki portrayed the role of Nicolas de Neufville. Laura Carmichael portrayed the role of Jeanne d’Albret. Tom Bateman portrayed the role of René II de la Tremoille. Each character portrayed their role perfectly as they had worked hard to play that specific role.

What are the difficulties they faced?

The cast and crew faced language barriers as none of them were fluent in French. They were also unable to use a historical consultant to help with the series. This resulted in them having to use their research to make sure that they portrayed the characters correctly. The series has several themes. The main theme is ambition and corruption. The other themes include family, love, money, and  also power


What is the climax like?

The series climax is when Catherine, desperate for Henry’s love, begins to marry off her son, the future King Charles IX of France. She can marry him off to Catherine of Austria despite all odds.  The series ends with Catherine dying from tuberculosis. The series is based on the non-fiction book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. The book was originally published in 2004 so obviously. This entire storyline is based on facts and events.

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Who is the antagonist? What are its motives?

The series focuses on Catherine de Medici and her ambitions. Catherine is the main antagonist in the series and her motives are less than ideal. Catherine’s main goal is to obtain power over the French Crown. She will do anything to achieve her goals. It is set during the French Wars of Religion. The most epic scene takes place in the episode “The Night God”. This episode takes place in 1562.  And also depicts a massacre on St. Bartholomew’s Eve of 1572, known as the Bartholomew’s Day massacre.

Who is the most loved character?

The most loved character is Catherine de Medici. The most liked character is Catherine de Medici.  Most hated characters are Jeanne d’Albret, Marguerite de Navarre, and Margot de Valois. Marguerite de Navarre is the first queen consort of Henry IV of France . Margot was Henry’s daughter by the previous marriage to his second wife Claude Henriette de Bourbon. While Jeanne was Henry’s main wife and the mother of his five children.

Would you recommend watching this?

Yes, I would recommend watching this series. The cast has performed well with their roles.  It’s a very beautiful story. The series is set during a historical period. The series is based on a historical character that is known for her ambition and corruption of power. Thanks for reading!

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