The CW has officially announced that “Reign” Season 4 will be its last — so by the time summer rolls around, Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) game of musical thrones with France, England and Scotland will have come to an end.
We’ll miss the bizarre fashion choices of the French royal family and the endless mix of romance and politics, but if you’re already nervous about how to fill this historical fiction hole in your heart, we’ve got an alternative suggestion for you: “The White Princess.”
Coming to Starz in April, “The White Princess” is a followup to “The White Queen,” set at English court in the 15th century. It plays with many of the same storylines that made “Reign” so addictive, with the added bonus of a more mature tone.
History buffs will surely love this new tale, as it picks up at the end of the War of the Roses in 1485. The House of York and the House of Tudor unite via their children, reluctantly marrying King Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy) to Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer). Power struggles obviously abound, however, when you have two previously warring families under the same roof.
Other power players include Lady Margaret Beaufort (Michelle Fairley) and Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville (Essie Davis). The strong female cast of this new drama promises to highlight the often untold stories of the women who influenced history along the way.
All the political intrigue and royal scheming you love about “Reign” will no doubt fill each episode of “The White Princess” — and something tells us that this new tale concerning the English throne will be even bloodier and racier, given Starz’s ability to push nudity and violence to the limit. From the trailer alone, it looks like sex and death are running rampant at English court.
Starz has proven that they can hold their own in the historical fiction genre, given the wild success of “Outlander.” This new series might not have that intriguing time travel concept, but we’re still confident that Lizzie and her quest to play politics will be more than enough to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
“The White Princess” premieres April 16, 2017 on Starz.