‘The Serpent Queen’ Showrunner Breaks Down the Season 1 Finale, Teases Season 2

‘The Serpent Queen’ Showrunner Breaks Down the Season 1 Finale, Teases Season 2

The Serpent Queen Season 1 ends with Catherine de’ Medici (Samantha Morton) seemingly successful the day. She has efficiently put in her younger son on the French throne, taken management of the dominion by successful the regency, and tricked Mary, Queen of Scots (Antonia Clarke) into leaving the courtroom. Nevertheless, as Rahima (Sennia Nanua) warns within the season’s last second, “Belief nobody.” This implies that each one isn’t properly and that Catherine should still have to observe her again within the years forward.

In any case, The Serpent Queen Season 1 finale isn’t the tip of Catherine de’ Medici’s story. Starz is making The Serpent Queen Season 2 and creator Justin Haythe has a number of historical past nonetheless to cowl. Will Diane de Poitier (Ludivine Sagnier) return to courtroom in The Serpent Queen Season 2 or is Catherine finished together with her for good? Will the present proceed to observe Mary, Queen of Scots’s wild saga in Scotland? And can The Serpent Queen Season 2 introduce a sure well-known astrologer named Nostradamus?

Decider lately spoke with The Serpent Queen showrunner Justin Haythe in regards to the Season 1 finale, plans for Season 2, and the way a lot of the present remains to be Catherine’s story if characters like Mary and Rahima are allowed to grab management of the narration…

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DECIDER: I wish to discuss in regards to the final moments of season 1, so clearly it ends with Catherine placing her youthful son on the throne, routing Mary, and evidently she has received. However has she received and in addition what ought to we make of Rahima’s line to the digicam “belief nobody?”

JUSTIN HAYTHE: Effectively, it’s attention-grabbing. I’m comfortable to reply that. I’d like to know what you suppose. I’d simply like to know what your response was. And I’ll inform you what my idea is. , I believe vital to the victory is that she buries her youngster, you already know? Her youngster dies, so how is something ever a victory? It’s not her fault however his dying raises her to absolutely the energy. So in a means I believe it’s a victory. And it’s attention-grabbing as a result of she grew to become queen regent by means of every kind of backward manipulations and that is my interpretation of why issues occur the way in which they did. And she or he actually did run France. She ran a rustic and no lady was presupposed to. So in that sense it’s a victory and he or she ushered in an period of relative, an try no less than of relative peace, tolerance, and pluralism. However the query, I believe the open query for this present – for this season, for subsequent season – is at what value, you already know? And at a sure level what it’s important to surrender of your self for victory is now not value it. I believe on this episode, mirrored by means of Rahima when she really poses the query, “Was this for energy?” and Catherine says, “No, it was for freedom,” and Rahima says, “That I’m with.” And I believe arguably she needed to do all the things she did. The query going ahead is the place you cross the road from the place it’s important to do and the place you do it since you wish to. That’s my interpretation.


What about you?

I imply, I believe she’s received for the second. Clearly she’s received the battle, however the battle’s nonetheless waging and perhaps she’s gotten rid of Mary, however she’s aligned of her enemies towards her in order that’s harmful. That was my interpretation.

I believe you’re completely proper and the ability stays the identical. I imply you had the Bourbon brothers and you’ve got the Guise brothers and these have been the very male powers that be, despite the fact that right here there are ladies operating circles round them in sure methods I believe. These stay the powers that be. And if you already know your French historical past, you already know that the home of Valois was changed by the home of Bourbon and ultimately led us to Marie Antoinette, so you already know the place it’s going.

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The early episodes of the season have been very a lot from Catherine’s POV. She had management of the narrative and Liv Hill gave us some “Fleabag” moments. As we made the transition to Samantha Morton’s character, there was much more courtroom politics with the Guise brothers and the Bourbons. The place did that come from? Have been you nervous in regards to the POV shifting? There’s even episodes the place you will have Mary narrating or Rahima narrating. Whose story is it by the tip of the season? I imply, is it nonetheless firmly Catherine’s narrative or is it everybody’s?

I believe it’s firmly Catherine’s narrative. I imply, I believe that when Mary takes over the narrative that she, despite the fact that she’s the one telling us the story, we will see, we will learn between the strains. As a result of when you will have a zealot, they’re blind in a means. So there are issues occurring that they’re not conscious are occurring as a result of they solely see the world on this, you already know, very black and white view. So I believe we’ve turn out to be so acquainted with Catherine and the standpoint that I attempted to develop the primary three episodes with you listening to Samantha’s voice and seeing Liv direct the digicam was that it’s actually the type of young and old that makes us who we’re. Proper? The particular person you might be and the particular person you have been. And I believe that that stays with it. I imply Catherine continues to handle the digicam because the stakes improve. There are moments the place she doesn’t interrupt the strain of a scene and I believe that when Rahima addresses the digicam on the finish, she has type of interpreted Catherine’s standpoint. I imply, the primary lesson Catherine provides her is “I discovered to by no means belief a single soul” and the primary time Rahima addresses the digicam on the finish of the episode she displays again that lesson so for me it’s that she’s discovered. She’s now an provoke. However I needed to maintain the standpoint shifting within the sense that I needed – from early on I needed the viewers to really feel manipulated by Catherine and by shifting it to Mary, you’re inviting the viewers to evaluate Catherine another way. However, after all, I believe as a result of the nearer you get to Mary, the extra you already know about Mary, you suppose “Wow, you already know, Catherine is preferable.”

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Diane de Poitiers has a giant presence within the sequence after which she form of disappears after Henry’s dying. So I’m curious going ahead how large of a presence will she have in season 2? Do you will have an concept of that? Will she be again?

Effectively, yeah, I’m very . I really like Diane as a personality and I’m type of fascinated… I’ve talked about this earlier than, that whereas Catherine and Diane have been type of adversaries, they have been victims of the identical factor within the sense that they have been ostensibly excluded from any energy over their lives. So no matter you bought, you needed to get type of outdoors of the parameters, you needed to get by means of manipulation. They’re each grasp manipulators, however very completely different. Diane was this type of debutante and a type of ladies for whom the door all the time opened due to her bodily presentation. Catherine was someone thrown into an orphanage and so needed to be taught a distinct set of abilities. However I believe they’re each victims of the identical factor. I like the concept – in historical past it wasn’t true, Catherine had this well-known saying about revenge and principally, revenge is a dish finest served chilly however she was about ready. She waited for years and as quickly as Henry died, she took a bunch of bijou again from Diane and forged her out. I don’t suppose ever set eyes on her once more. However I used to be that Diane in her later life I believe, and that is one thing that the actor identified to me, Ludivine Sagnier, that later in life she was instrumental in making an attempt to alter the legislation in order that – and I hope I’ve this proper – in order that daughters might inherit from their dad and mom and never simply sons. In order that to me gave me an concept that she was onto herself in a way, onto how corrupt she had been and that the ability that she had received, the way in which that she had received it, isn’t actual energy. So I’m considering of a means that they might no less than for a quick time period hopefully be engaged on the identical facet of the road, however we’ll see if that works.

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I’m a giant Mary Queen of Scots fan. I grew up loving her and all the things that goes down in Scotland. Is she ever going to return again now that she’s off in her personal storyline or is there a risk that we might see what occurs within the Scottish courts in season 2?

Effectively, it’s attainable. I imply the story of Mary is so sophisticated in a means. What she will get as much as over within the English courtroom, I don’t know if it might match and that deserves an entire present. And my tackle Mary is I believe completely different than the lot. However she was, you already know, vehemently and violently Catholic and possibly not the nicest particular person to be on the incorrect facet of. However what interested in me is no one actually is aware of why Mary went again [to Scotland]. And when she went, Catherine took all her jewels from her. All of the jewels that Francis, her son, had given to her, some pearls, took all of them again and Mary mentioned, “I’ll by no means see France once more.” And with out definitive proof as to why she went again, I felt we’re free to invent, hypothesize, to create an alternate historical past. However you already know, it’s attention-grabbing, she went to jail together with her Marys, all of her Marys who she actually did identify Mary. All of them stayed in jail together with her they usually all accompanied her proper as much as the time she was killed. They didn’t really go so far as additionally getting killed however I believe Antonia Clark gave an unbelievable efficiency of Mary.

You’ve Ruggeri all through the sequence being Catherine’s astrologer, confidante, shaman, what you’ll. Clearly in historical past, she was additionally aligned with Nostradamus, who was a little bit of a flashier identify. Might we see Nostradamus in a future season?

We might. I imply he’d must compete with Ruggeri. I imply, Ruggeri is the truth is a composite of two brothers: Cosimo and another person, whom Catherine stored round they usually have been recognized for doing a little actually horrible issues. I imply, useless infants, actual black magic stuff. Nostradamus was extra of a star and apparently Nostradamus had, if I’m studying my historical past proper, had a reasonably unhealthy curiosity in younger males and he’s a sophisticated man. He didn’t reside within the courtroom for any period of time, however she had a fascination with him as a result of I consider like her, she believed she might see the longer term and was very fascinated about anyone else who might. And so I like the concept of Nostradamus crossing her path after which the query can be, you already know, who’s the actual deal?

What number of seasons do you see this doubtlessly going? As a result of there’s clearly a number of historical past we go means past season 2, do you will have a plan or an endpoint in thoughts?

Not particularly, however I might say there’s sure holes of Catherine’s life, considered one of which is her Regency which is the place this season ends. One other one can be notorious. You need to do the St. Bartholomew’s Day Bloodbath and it’s important to cope with the tip of Charles IX’s reign and it’s important to cope with the reign of Anjou. After which after all there’s the rivalry she has together with her daughter Margaret, who finally ends up marrying Henry of Navarre. So these are the beats you gotta hit, you already know, so we’ll see.

This interview has been edited for readability.

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