I really enjoyed the show this year. It gained momentum and developed characters nicely and gradually. I wonder who Peter O'Toole is going to play?
As expected, the main first year story arc concluded is the "fall of Cardinal Wolsey." All the other arcs remain, of course. If you know your history, you know who is set for next season's fall, but I won't spoil it here. There could be 2 major characters going down next year, depending upon how quickly they want the show to move along (oh, and a couple of secondary characters could go down, too).
And, of course, Wolsey did not commit suicide. Sheesh. Back then suicide was considered an unforgivable sin that meant eternal damnation... The poor guy was in poor health and just died of illness on the way to London for his trial (and what would have been a likely execution). I guess the show covered its tracks by having Henry tell Cromwell to cover up the nature of Wolsey's death...
I'm still confused about why they offed Margaret. Is it possible the actress playing her did not want to come back for a 2nd season? OR, do they just want to have fun with Charles Brandon's playboy character.
I really like the more complex Thomas More in this one, too. And, Cromwell is not quite as expected. In popular culture, More is rather depicted as an angel (Church propaganda?) and Cromwell as a Machiavellian monster, but the show has both more complex. This seems much more historical!
My wife turned away from the burning at the stake scene. She asked a great question: "How could anybody do that to someone?" I explained the whole Church vs. Lutherans thing, but on an emotional level, I agree. How could one? Yet, we have More doing so, and self-righteously.