I do expect to see a lot of award love for this show. Before this Elle Fanning was just another young actor to me, now I see her as one of the really talented ones. I agree with the assessment of other performances, but it really gets down to the writing. Such great characters on the page, it’s a wee bit easier for the actors to bring to life.
Can we just spend a minute discussing the historical accuracy? Woo boy, I know they make a point of saying it’s not really true, but you know how people watch things like this and walk away thinking it’s mostly accurate. Yeah, they really really colored outside the lines, so to speak. I won’t list everything, but for starters, they were married for 18 years before he ascended to the throne. He was only in office 6 months before she overthrew him, but they were not newlyweds. Personality-wise, they totally made Peter into a frat-bro wild man, whereas in real life he was more of an overgrown arrested development nerd child. And the sex stuff, there is some support for the idea that IRL Peter was a virgin due to physical dis-function, but where’s the fun in that, yah?
Anywho, yes the show is great and wildly entertaining, in spite of being mostly made up.