'The Great's' Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning On What to Expect in Season 2

The Great is the award-winning comedy-historical drama starring Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult as her husband, Peter III.

Inspired by real historical events, Tony McNamara's re-imagining of Catherine's ascension to the throne is full of dark humor, sex, death, and a lot of huzzahs!

Season 1 of The Great saw a pregnant Catherine plan to launch a coup against her lousy husband, which kicked off in the final episode. But did she win, and what will happen next?

Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning spoke to Newsweek about the highly anticipated second season and teased what is in store for Russia's favorite couple.

Elle Fanning, who portrays Catherine the Great, was eager to share Catherine is in power in Season 2 of The Great.

History fans will know Catherine was Russia's last reigning Empress and the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power in 1762 following the overthrow and death of her husband and her second cousin, Peter III.

Speaking to Newsweek, Fanning said: "She's really feisty, she's very confident this season, I would say but also she is dealing with a lot, grappling with Leo [death], that was very traumatic at the end of Season 1."

Fans may remember at the end of Season 1, Peter ordered Catherine's lover Leo Voronsky (Sebastian De Souza) to be executed in return for saving Catherine's life.

However, audiences did not actually see Leo's death take place on screen, so there are huge hopes De Souza will make a return as Catherine's one-true love.

"She's still kind of heartbroken over that so she is dealing with grief and Gillian Anderson, her mother, is coming to court so she is dealing with the mother-daughter dynamics of that," Fanning continued.

"It is actually a very stressful time for Catherine because she is trying to get a lot done and she finally has the power and she got what she wanted and now she is kind of like 'well how do I use it? Am I going to be able to change this country or are they just not going to change?'

"So there is a lot of push and pull and navigating what her court is going to look like, all while being pregnant and dealing with Peter."

As for Peter, for once he seems pretty vulnerable, but judging by the events of the finale and knowing his ruthless, twisted side, he is sure not going to go down without a fight.

Nicholas Hoult, who plays Catherine's husband Peter, teased audiences might see a slight change in Peter.

Hoult told Newsweek: "For Peter, it is interesting because he loses the empire and kind of fails in many ways but I think he finds that quite freeing to a degree, and does try and change and become a better person through that.

"He is very excited to become a father, that was a huge thing making an heir and securing the bloodline of Peter so that's a big thing, and also the more Catherine kind of takes charge and becomes more ruthless, the more he sees those sides of her personality the more he falls in love with her, so it's about that.

"And similarly to Catherine having her mum come to court, he confronts the relationship he had with his mother but also with his father, played by Jason Isaacs. There's a lot to unravel with that, and he kind of does."

The Great Season 2 premieres Friday, November 19 on Hulu.

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Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult in The Great Gareth Gatrell/Hulu