The Great Season 3 | Official Trailer | Hulu

While the show is still primarily a triumphant and intense joyride, the 10 hourlong episodes do run the risk of being repetitive. Some storylines spin in exasperating circles, including whether Catherine’s allies are ultimately trustworthy because it’s an angle the show has tackled since it began. Her best friend Marial (Phoebe Fox), Archbishop “Archie” (Adam Godley), army chief Velementov (Douglas Hodge), and Elizabeth get distinctive arcs. Still, some are more interesting than others, like Marial dealing with the tantrums of her 12-year-old husband, as one does.


Unfortunately, Georgina’s (Charity Wakefield) twisted narrative remains perplexing, and Orlo (Sacha Dhawan) is underutilized even more than he was in season two in a disappointing turn. At least the supporting cast is talented, with Lee finally getting material that lets him show off his acting chops in the latter half of the season. The Great is also visually compelling because of Sharon Long’s costumes, the beautiful set design, and the camerawork. Jaffar Mahmood’s direction choices prop up the show (again, episode six is a standout).

The Great wraps its third season with a certain degree of finality. It could potentially go on because Catherine’s reign continues for years, but even if it doesn’t, the show goes out in a blaze of glory here. Fanning’s daring performance in the season finale is a stellar goodbye encapsulating why McNamara’s series works. It’s unhinged, potent, and charismatic while being laugh-out-loud funny. Since Pen15 ended, The Great has easily become Hulu’s flagship comedy because of this unique creative vision.


All episodes of The Great season three drop May 12 on Hulu.