This week, Hulu announced at the Disney’s Television Critics Association winter press tour session that their historical dramedy The Great was renewed for a third season. The 10-episode season 2 came out in November of 2021, but fans are already clamoring for more of the irreverent interpretation of Catherine the Great's legacy.
Here's what we know about the next chapter.
How many episodes will there be in season 3 of The Great?
Once again, the season will consist of ten episodes.
Will there be more seasons of The Great?
In November, creator Tony McNamara told The Hollywood Reporter that there isn't a plan for how long the show should run.
“I know a whole bunch of events that are interesting that you can hang things on,” he said. “At the moment, I try not to look too far ahead. At the end of season two, I didn’t quite know what season three was. I like not knowing what comes next. If you have a show with a great ensemble and a great bunch of characters, you can invent as you go for a while.”
What will happen in season 3 of The Great?
In an interview with Newsweek, stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult who play Catherine and her husband Peter III, said the couple will likely be focused on raising their son, Paul.
Fanning said, "They have a kid and I don't know how old that kid would be. I want the kid to be around. I think that would be interesting.”
Other plot lines will follow the big events of season 2. Catherine and Peter reconciled until the queen discovered her husband had sex with her mother Joanna, played by Gillian Anderson, and somehow managed to push her out the window at the same time. While she publicly forgave him, she showed up in his apartments for a good stabbing—and ended up turning the knife on his double, Pugachev. Discovering her mistake, she ended up fleeing back to Peter for comfort. Will these two ever get on the same page?
The double character is based on real-life Yemelyan Pugachev who led a peasant revolt while impersonating Peter III in 1774. Seems like he has even more reason to do so now, so maybe that will be a big event of the coming season.
When will season 3 of The Great be released?
There's no release date yet for the season, since it was only announced in January. But the last two seasons were released in late fall.
Who is returning for season 3 of The Great?
Fanning and Hoult are definitely on board, and also returning are Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Bayo Gbadamosi, and Belinda Bromilow.
A few have been celebrating the renewal online, like Wakefield, who posted to Instagram, “Ecstatic to share that @thegreathulu Season 3 is greenlit! #HUZZZAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!"Watch out, Georgina's coming for you ALL!!!! Waaa hahhahahaha! (Disclaimer: I have no idea what the plot will be I just like the photos it's kind of witchy!) CANNOT WAIT to get back on set with our incredible team! Woop woop!!”