The Tudors Review: Series Finale

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Well, it’s over. 

I am anxious to hear what all of you thought about this final episode of The Tudors.  I have to say I enjoyed it despite my deep and profound disappointment over not seeing Surrey get hanged, drawn, and quartered.  What a letdown!  People who watch this show have become accustomed to seeing some serious violence and I don’t think the last episode was any exception.

Couldn’t they have left us with one little gory execution to cling to?

This was the episode of the Dead and Angry Baby Mamas.  The wives who had given children to King Henry showed up throughout this episode as visions, sort of like a combination between “Six Feet Under” and “Scrooged.”  They all came to berate Henry for being such a sucky father to their various spawn.  Here are their beefs in a nutshell:

  • Katherine of Aragon:  Our daughter should be married off by now with her own kids and I’m still your real wife, so says Jesus!
  • Anne Boleyn:  My daughter is ten times smarter than you and, by the way, I am still innocent.  Oh, and so is Catherine Howard.
  • Jane Seymour:  Sorry, darling, but our kid is going to die young and it’s probably for the best because you’ve made his life totally suck from the moment he was born.
King Henry XIII

I got so excited to see all these dead ladies as soon as I saw them in the opening credits.  I was like, “Yay!  The dead queens are back!”  But I was sad not to see Catherine Howard in all her bare-boobed glory and Joss Stone (whatever her Queen name was, who cares) with her fakey German accent in tow. 

I know she’s not dead but it doesn’t mean I was any less pumped to see her.  I also loved that the Queens were upset with Henry rather than being all fawny and lovey as they were when they were regulars on the show.  They’re already dead so why not talk a little trash?

Now that we are talking about the Royal wifies and chilluns, let me just make a side note here:  I HATE, HATE, HATE when they substitute one kid for another playing the same person to show us that the kid is getting older.  This is the old Chrissy Seever trick from “Growing Pains.” 

Remember when that kid went from being a newborn one season to being a second grader the next?  Talk about discombobulating.  Tonight we saw Prince Edward get about three years older than he was in the last episode.  I can’t stand that!  I know they are trying to help give us a sense of his approximate age when his pop croaked but it still bothers me.  I get rather attached to TV children, I’ll admit it.  I don’t like seeing them go away and transform into a totally different human being without any warning. 

I always have to pause The Lion King right before baby Simba turns into teenager Simba just to savor that last, precious moment.  Not that I watch
The Lion King regularly or anything.  Don’t judge.

I feel like I learned a very useful line from tonight’s episode.  Remember when Queen Catherine (the current one) is trying to save her ass from the chopping block and she says to the King, “I am but a woman with all the imperfections natural to the weakness of my sex”?  This is a good one!  I am going to whip this line out next time I get pulled over or get called out for doing anything bad. 

I’ll say it when I’m late for work, when I don’t have enough money to tip the valet parking guy, when I accidentally rear-end someone in traffic, whenever!  I think it will help me out of some sticky situations.  It sure helped Catherine!

Henry and Catherine

I am a sucker for montages set to music and tonight’s episode had a good one.  I have to admit that I get chills whenever old scenes from shows are matched with sad music.  I get all misty and it makes me want to go back and watch the show from the beginning all over again.  I really loved seeing all his kids when they were little but, even more than that I loved seeing sexy Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the young King.  And also, Hottie McHotterson Charles Brandon with him! 

We got to see both these guys die as yucky old codgers tonight and it was really nice to see them as hot youngsters for a brief instant. It took us back to the good ole days when the show was new.

Overall, I liked this last episode.  It wrapped up most of the plotlines neatly yet made me feel a strong desire to go buy a big, heavy book about England post-Henry VIII so I can find out more.  What are your thoughts about the conclusion of this show?  Any comments or feelings to share?


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I agree with Patti at the top....I wish they would continue the series until the actual end of the Tudor line. I was deeply disappointed by the finaly I do have to admit. I have dvr'd the finale, so I will be re-watching it tonight to critique it properly. I would have loved to have the series gone on until 1603 when the "rose without a thorn" ended it, but as they say....all good things must come to an end. I look forward to starting the series at episode 1 and re-watching to the end to get anything I missed. I LOVED THE SHOW!!! Now I don't know what to do with myself! haha! I have like many others bought every book known to man about Henry VII, his wives, children and Tudor Era...and I still can't get enough....


was the series entirely accurate? no. even someone who never studied tudor history in depth knew that. But it's entertainment, not documentary. AND it got me so interested and inspired, i went out and bought a bunch of books on Tudor History to find out what really happened. I'm sure many others did too.


I still think they should continue the series showing King Edward, Queen Jane of 9 Days, Queen (Bloody)Mary, and Queen Elizabeth I.


Actually watching the film Elizabeth (1998) after The Tudors has a nice continuity to the Tudor dynasty. It doesnt show much of Mary's reign but Elizabeth's story is well worth the watch. Its also written by Michael Hirst, same writer as The Tudors. If you need more Tudors, check it out.


Loved the season finale! I have to say, I get really into shows like this... I feel like I lost a part of my life ( pathetic I know, LOL) I watch from Netflix, so I get to watch the shows one after another, and I really got into it. I loved that they brought back the wives... but wish they would have showed more. Maybe to show all of the wives, and maybe some more feeling or emotion from the queens. Especially Anne B. I loved that part of the series! They were young the series was new, and it was so intense! It really put reason into why he did it... kind of, lol. I cried when Brandon died... especially when his mistress was treated so bad, his wife hated him so why did she care of he had a mistress?! Anyway... loved it! really wished they would add on, and tell the story of the kids from the same point of view. I loved the way they really put reason into why he did the things he did, I would love to see the same point of view on Marys reign!


There's no excuse for revising or altering history. The real story was fascinating enough without changing it. We 'snobs' know the real thing when we see it. BTW, even history tells us that the very young Catherine Howard found the obese Henry to be repugnant, prompting her to seek other sexual liasons, to her regretable demise. He may have been 'hot' when he was very young, but with his rather slovenly habit of eating everything placed before him, it didn't last long. I don't remember ever seeing mention that this wasn't intended to be 'accurate' or that it was only an 'interpretation'... This production is what it is, a misrepresentation of the key character, Henry VIII. To change history is unacceptable. So, peel open another twinkie and enjoy!!! I'd rather be a snob than a boob.


Listen "professional actors" stage or otherwise. You don't get it. It isn't about what they looked like. The point of the show was to modernize how the people looked to society back then. Young King Henry was hot in his time period, however in our current time not so much. It's an interpretation. It never claimed to be the EXACT history. Actually, they claimed the opposite. SO knowing this, you and your snobby friends still watched it and complain about it.


How do I begin? Sorry folks, I'm not part of the trend here. Historical facts actually mean something to me. Are we all forgeting that Henry the VIII weighed nearly 400 pounds and had a full dark beard? Remember the textbooks from high school English? Making matters worse, JRM can't seem to play anything other than a sex-obsessed tyrant. His portrayl of the older Henry was grossly lacking. He sounded as if he had throat cancer (which he did not) and the grunting was ape-like. There was no inflection or intonation whatsoever. Every line sounded the same. Our entire living room full of people (some of whom have acted professionally on stage), alternated between fits of laughter and fits of disgust. Too bad... everyone else was spectacular! It's a shame how one lame actor can bring down an entire production. By the way, JRM, screen acting and stage acting are completely different and I've seen better stage acting at a secondary school Christmas concert.
Why wasn't JRM made to look like the actual King Henry VIII??? Was it too much ego to allow that much transformation? He couldn't stand to wear the fat suit? What?
The very best portrayl of this king was by Sir Richard Burton. Try and find the film, "Anne of a Thousand Days," if you want to see something really great.
All the other actors in the series were excellent and I really liked that the series was filmed approprieatly at Hampton Court. The costuming was truly wonderful. I agree with previous comments that it's a shame they are not going to go one with the Tudors. I'd love to see Edward's short reign followed by his big sister, Bloody Mary. Much has already been done with Elizabeth the First, but it would be interesting to see how it would be done by the same people. So much rich history!


Overall it was a truely EPIC series finale. Here's my list of what I didn't like :). Catherine Howard didn't make an appearence and neither did Anne of Cleves. The goodbye between Mary/Henry (HUGE Princess Mary fan) was weak. Anne felt too passive in the dream sequence and I believe Henry should have said something like 'sorry for everything' to KOA. Also, the children should have spoken in the dream sequence as well. Plus, like many I thought it was rushed and should have continued, at least into Edward/Mary's reign. I still LOVED it though :)


I must say I cried. The finale was beautiful. I am a guy but I've always loved the story of King Henry The Eighth and His "Great Matter". Although I would have loved for them to continue on to Elizabeths rule, I think they were smart to end it with henry. The tudors would be nothing without JRM and Henry Cavill. This is like the "Charmed" series finale. So sad! There will never be a better show with wonderful actors Like JRM, Henry, All six of his wives and his daughter mary. I feel A piece of my life has been stolen from me.

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The Tudors Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

For he who possesses the heir to the throne will very soon possess the throne itself.


Whenever has innocence been cause to save a man's life when the King deems him unfit to live in the commonwealth? The law is whatever his majesty says it is.

Lord Hartford