Spoilers for The Great ahead. You have been warned.
Elle Fanning has blessed fans of The Great with the first look at season two – and, well, let’s just say things appear to be bumping along for her character Catherine.
The actress, who plays the titular great character, teased what’s to come for her role as production kicked into gear on the Hulu series, with a photo from the set this week.
With her hands on her hips, Elle, gussied up in Catherine’s garb, posed in front of some drapes in an aqua corset as the super-realistic baby bump took pride of place in the frame.
Elle wrote: ‘Cooking up something special for season two #TheGreat #firstlook.’
Seems the attempt at contraception by way of a lemon really didn’t work…
Her co-star Nicholas Hoult – who plays bonehead ruler and Catherine’s husband Peter III – commented excitedly: ‘PAUL!’ with Elle replying: ‘Daddy.’
The Great is the ‘occasionally true story’ behind Russian ruler Catherine and how she earned her name as she rose to power within All Russia in the 1700s, currently streaming on All Four in the UK, which ended its first season in limbo.
As Catherine attempted to overthrow Peter, the finale – which aired in the US last year – also revealed our heroine’s husband now knows she is pregnant and refers to their son (as if he already knows the future) as Paul.
However, on her 20th birthday, she makes her attempt to overthrow Peter – as we’ve been building toward the climax of the imminent coup the whole season – but fails wildly, with Peter somewhat charmed by his ‘firecracker’ wife…who just tried, albeit feebly, to murder him.
Still, military leader Velementov goes in pistols blazing when Catherine eventually gives the okay after bidding farewell to her previously-doomed lover Leo.
Hulu shared a teaser of the second season this week, according to reports, proclaiming: ‘In season two, Catherine becomes both a mother to Russia and a child.’
Suppose should you have any doubt whether the coup went well, that says it all.
Makes sense, then, that it has garnered many an award nomination, recently landing Golden Globe nods in the category of best television series, musical or comedy, along with nominations for both Elle and Nicholas.
The Skins actor was also nominated for a SAG award, along with the show’s ensemble cast.
As well as Elle and Nicholas, The Musketeers actress Phoebe Fox star as Marial, A Series of Unfortunate Events star Louis Hynes plays Vlad and Bohemian Rhapsody’s Gwilym Lee takes on the role of Grigor.
The Great is available on All 4.