Versailles (2015–2018)
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The Powder Keg 

His resolve reinforced, Louis is dismissive of the pain his plans will cause others, be they Philippe or Protestants of all classes. Cardinal Leto is confident of making the king marry Isabella of Portugal.


Pieter Van Hees


Simon Mirren (created by), David Wolstencroft (created by) | 2 more credits »


Episode credited cast:
George Blagden ... Louis XIV
Alexander Vlahos ... Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans
Tygh Runyan ... Fabien Marchal
Stuart Bowman ... Bontemps
Evan Williams ... Chevalier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... The Man in the Iron Mask
Marie Askehave ... Delphine
Geoffrey Bateman ... Bishop Boisset
Ken Bones ... Cardinal Leto
Yohann Chopin ... Jaubert
Jessica Clark ... Palatine
Ernesto Costa Ernesto Costa ... Tristan
Steve Cumyn ... Colbert
Anthony Flanagan ... Bastien
Matthew McNulty ... Guillaume


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Philippe is horrified at how the king disposes of their father, the prisoner, and his revocation of the Edict of Nantes, purging Protestantism in order to make France a Catholic union. Declaring himself the head of the church to thwart the Vatican Louis agrees to marry princess Isabella but weds Francoise in secret. Imprisonment of Protestants who refuse to recant, including the Chevalier, sickens Philippe, who leaves the court, and Fabien, who sides with Jeanne and Bastien. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Deteriorating plot
10 March 2020 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

With the resolution of the "man in the mask" mystery, the plot seems to have lost direction. The characters starts to act in weird or repetitive ways, although there would be potential for major changes and for the show to take a fresh direction.

Orléans sulks and leave Versailles once again, allegedly not forgiving Louis's decision about their father. Given his fragile resolve, this does not seem likely to stick.

The Chevalier proves some bravery and one would hope in a new start for him.

Marchal acts against logic, not only leaving Versailles once again - yes, him too... - but actually helping his enemies, who in turn despise and fear him. Who in his position would put his life at risk in such a silly way? Totally unbelievable turn of events.

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2018 (UK) See more »

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