As Season Two currently screens on Aussie TVs and the US impatiently waits until September for their turn, I thought I’d take a shot at what I think will happen in Season Three. So…. mild spoilers ahoy! Read at your own peril.
∗ HOW SEASON 2 ENDED:
Liselotte was pregnant and not yet showing.
Philippe leaves to make war on the Dutch, his relationship with Louis strong and good.
Philippe and the Chevalier kinda sorta make up, and Philippe kinda sorta implies that the Chevalier would be a good father for his unborn child should he not return from war
Bodycount…. Thirteen-plus (Thomas – shot. Madeline de Foix, Minister de Reynard and his wife, Cassel and Claudine – poisoned. Agathe – burned at the stake. Father Etienne and Jacques – stabbed. Father Pascal – poisoned then hung. Rohan – beheaded. Colbert’s niece – drowned. Montespan’s former lady – strangled. Cassel’s glorious rat – poisoned. A lot of innocent Germans in the Palatinate were murdered. A bunch of soldiers in the French and Dutch armies were killed in battle. And random nameless nobles were poisoned, including a noble couple Gaston was blackmailing and Luxembourg’s father-in-law).
Luxembourg and Gaston were arrested. Sophie ran away after the Chevalier shot Thomas.
∗ WHAT HAS BEEN REVEALED ABOUT SEASON 3 FROM THE WRITERS AND CAST:
All our favourites (who haven’t already died) are returning.
Season Two was all about the poisoning. Season Three will not be.
Philippe is at war, and will eventually come home from war. This will mean that Season Three should logically pick up not that long after end of Season Two.
There is a baby. It most likely looks to be Philippe and Liselotte’s. It is a boy. (yes, their first born was a boy. An heir for Philippe! But yeah…. don’t get too happy. Historically, he dies before his third birthday)
There are some fabulous new wigs. The Chevalier will get the best one yet and it looks right out of the 80s, where it was all about the flicks. GLORIOUS.
Some cryptic eery pics on Alex’s Instagram….
Philippe ends up in water somehow, somewhere. He has a war wig and it is wet.
Alex Vlahos has said there will be a teaming up of Marchal and Philippe to do… something. Does this mean we may see a CSI:Versailles??? There are also heavy hints about a man in an iron mask thread and I speculate this has something to do with Marchal/Philippe.
Fabulous coats and dresses.
∗ WHAT I THINK WE WILL SEE:
Philippe in glorious war victory against the Dutch and Louis will be mega pissed off that his little brother returns to get all the glory. Srsly, people sang and danced in the streets when he came back and they made poems and sonnets about him. It was fabulous and Louis hated it all. Philippe never went to war ever again.
Liselotte and Philippe’s baby, Alexandre. I suspect there could be lots and lots of shitty jealousy from the Chevalier… or maybe not. Hopefully, we may get to see Philippe with his daughters, too. And Liselotte, who adored them both. I WANT THAT.
Liselotte writing copious blunt letters to her relatives about all the shit that goes on in Versailles. This would be really cool because, you know, Liselotte is famous for her fabulous letters and a much-used resource into court life at the time.
Louis and Liselotte creating a stronger bond through their love of outdoors, hunting and riding.
Fabien Marchal and his smexy broody anti-hero thing. Stomping on heads and taking down names. Throwing people into jail.
Montespan still hanging about, creating a cover for Louis and his growing love for Maintenon. Ugh. Maintenon. I dislike her and what she does to Louis, but this relationship will be his major one in Season Three, I think. I do hope we get to see more of the mistresses Louis had between Montespan and Maintenon, especially the duchesse de Fontanges and the princesse Monaco.
We will see what happened to Sophie! Pleeeeease have her come back and finally be happy with someone.
There will most def. be some new faces, because there is only so much you can fictionalise with real historical characters and Versailles most definitely must keep up its death and blood and much sexytimes reputation. To give all those pearl clutchers something to flap and whine about.
More William of Orange, and possibly him taking the English crown with his wife Mary.
Drama and tension.
The Dauphin, young Louis and heir to the throne.
∗ WHAT I WANT TO SEE BUT PROBABLY WONT:
The Chevalier and the Marquis d’Effiat in the Dutch war (as per history) because it would’ve been awesome with all the fighting and the fancy decoration of Philippe’s tent, then the Chevalier being wounded and Philippe going all flaily and protective and demanding he recuperate in his fabulous tent. (But most likely that will not happen).
More Charles II. I love him.
Lingering longer on the rooms, the decorations, the scenery.
A little more historical accuracy. (those armchairs…. dear Lord).
ANY OF THE MANCINIS. OMGGGGG. Someone, anyone!!! Marie (first love of Louis) and Hortense’s escape from Rome (and Marie’s crazy husband who wanted to kill her), with the help of their brother, Philippe-Jules. They needed Louis’ permission to return to Paris, and then Hortense’s lunatic husband demanded she return to him and Lordy, the drama pretty much rivaled the scale of OJ Simpson back in the 17th century. The Mancinis were talked about everywhere, their dresses and fashions imitated, they were constantly gossiped about and were frequently mentioned in the tabloid of the day, the Mercure Galant. Louis XIV even told Philippe-Jules that he was to marry Montespan’s niece, the gorgeous Diane-Gabrielle de Damas de Thianges (Diane’s mother Gabrielle was Montespan’s sister who was also rumoured to be sharing Louis’ bed). Diane also attracted Louis’ eye at some point, which so angered Philippe-Jules that he used to take off to Rome – wife in tow – without warning. Marie, Olympe and Hortense were not only rumoured to be lovers of Louis XIV, but also of the Chevalier de Lorraine. What a scene you could write about that 🙂
The Marquis d’Effiat. Close friend of the Chevalier and Philippe, suspect in poisoning Henriette, he was a member of Philippe’s household and involved in many of the intrigues.
Molière – playwright and composer. Jean-Baptiste Lully – first started in Le Grand Mademoiselle’s household, then Philippe’s, then became Louis’ court composer. He was also a scandalous lover of boys, especially the ones who worked for him.
Maintenon actually doing her fucking job as nanny to the king and Montespan’s children
More of Marchal’s Chief Musketeer
Fabien Marchal happy. Or hell, maybe just smiling once or twice.
∗ WHAT I DEFINITELY DO NOT WANT TO SEE:
Marchal stumbling upon a mysterious man in the iron mask, Philippe then finding out and uncovering that it is Louis’ twin brother, then having a major heart/feels moment when he realises he could install this Louis Version 2 on the throne and it would be much better because Louis Version 2 is nicer to him. The Chevalier getting in his ear about it. Then of course, he choses to do the right thing when he rediscovers a renewed love for his original Louis Version 1.
Maintenon getting all sexytimes with Louis. I dislike her a lot.
Drama between the Chevalier and Philippe that is meant to ‘test the bonds of their love’ but could be resolved if they just sat down and talked.
Any kind of romantic relationship between the Chevalier and Liselotte, or Louis and Liselotte. NO.
The Chevalier taking drugs, dealing drugs, and/or being a whiny pants.