TV Series Tag #51: The Tudors

Welcome to the court of His Majesty King Henry VIII, ladies and gentlemen. The Tudors is a historical fiction drama about the English court during King Henry VIII’s reign. This series was aired years ago but I recently got the chance to watch it and I totally loved it.

Written by the amazing screenwriter Michael Hirst (creator of Vikings show), it tells the dramatic life of the King with the exceptional case of marrying six wives of which two were executed. His administrators also faced similar fates after being backstabbed and framed. It’s a great show.

1.            Where would you rank it among your favorite shows?

I’d place it in my top 40.

2. From 1-10, how obsessed are you?

I’d rate myself at 8. The story never ran out of drama which kept me hooked. Since it seemed like someone close to the King would have his/her turn on the chopping block, I was kept in anticipation about who it’d be next.

3. How did you discover the show?

I’ve known about the show for a while but didn’t have access to it. Even when I did, I held on watching it till I found the motivation to binge-watch from season 1 to 4.

4. What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?

I’ve always enjoyed watching series with monarchial themes like Reign with regards to mannerisms of ladies on court, the dances, greetings, the whole works. With a temperamental protagonist like King Henry VIII, I knew I was in for a good ride and I enjoyed every moment of it.

5. Why do you like the show?

I like the show because it’s about power and politics and it shows human character at both its best and worst; just to be in the good graces of those in authority as well as get rid of enemies. People became allies as a means to an end and then became enemies when the agenda changed.

6. Favorite characters?

King Henry VIII, no doubt. One interesting and controversial character by all standards. He was generous with giving titles but uncompromising when it came to dealing with traitors.

Charles Brandon – faithful friend and Duke to the King. The only companion who survived the several troubles at court to the very end.

Anne Boleyn – first Queen to be executed. I was happy when the tides turned against after usurping the crown from Catherine of Aragon but having to be killed for false reasons was unfortunate. She had it coming though.

Jane Seymour – gracious wife and Queen. The only one to give the king a male heir to the throne.

Thomas Wolsey – cardinal to the King. He did his best to secure the divorce desired by the King from Catherine of Aragon.

7. Least favorite characters

Thomas Cromwell – authorizing the deaths of thousands of people who rose in protests over the King’s attempt of a religious reformation was cruel. Wasn’t too sad to see him gone.

Mary Tudor – felt pity for her as she was deprived of her father’s love as she grew up but her beliefs and support of burning ‘heretics’ was a turnoff for me.

8. Who is your crush on the show?

Charles Brandon. He was a jerk in the beginning but after the death of the King’s sister, he grew up and became responsible.

9. If you were to be a character, who would you choose?

Jane Seymour. Very gracious of her to reconcile the King with his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. I believe that’s why she was blessed to have a son.

10. Favorite season

I enjoyed watching all seasons but I particularly loved seasons 2 and 3.

11. Do you follow the cast and show on Facebook and Twitter?

No, I don’t since it ended years ago.

12. Which of the characters would you like to meet?

King Henry VIII, Charles Brandon and Ann Boleyn.

13. If you could meet any of the actors, who would it be?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer.

14. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?

Integrity is everything. If you are honorable, even when you falter, your honor will redeem you.

What goes around comes around. What do you do to someone is very likely to be done to you.

Time is irredeemable so beware of how you spend yours especially during your youth.

Did you watch The Tudors? What did you like about the show? Kindly share your thoughts and thanks for reading.

© Josephine Amoako 2019

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