Photos – The Tudors 4.02

I’m feeling really good about the final season of The Tudors. Last season got a bit bogged down when the show focused on the religious and political storyline, but the premiere episode of season 4 shows that this series is back to the royal soap opera storylines that made it great back in seasons 1 and 2. The next new episode of The Tudors will be airing on April 18. Showtime has released promo photos and a synopsis, which you can view below.

Thomas Culpepper – Henry VIII’s newest servant – continues to make eyes at his King’s young bride, Katherine Howard. Her servant suggests seduction. While the King shows his age by going to bed early during the Christmas celebration the young but not so innocent members of his court party on.

Thomas Culpepper (Torrance Coombs) – principle groom to Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) – continues to make eyes at his King’s sexy young bride, Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant). He is not alone; the teen Queen inspires many admirers in Henry’s court, not least the King himself who spoils his new wife with an endless supply of extravagant gifts.

Lady Rochford (Joanne King) gets plenty of gossip about her new mistress from Katherine’s old friend and indiscreet lady-in-waiting Joan Bulmer (Catherine Steadman) who hints about their sexual adventures as young ladies. When Rochford sleeps with Culpepper soon after, he doesn’t hide that the Queen is his real desire and she helpfully suggests that she aid him in seducing Katherine.

On a drinking binge with his cronies in one of London’s nastiest neighborhoods, the arrogant Lord Surrey (David O’Hara) persecutes prostitutes, smashes windows and causes general mayhem. Not content with stirring up trouble after dark, Surrey intends to be the scourge of the Seymour brothers — Edward and Thomas (Max Brown and Andrew McNair) – whom he considers mere commoners.

As part of the Christmas festivities Henry invites his previous wife Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone) to the palace. He is pleasantly surprised by her beauty – something he missed when they were married – and delighted by her graciousness. But where once he was the life and soul of such parties, the aging King goes to bed early and the party grows boisterous in his absence. Never before have two of Henry’s wives had such fun together, nor have so many of his male courtiers enjoyed openly ogling their Queen.

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