Will there be The Serpent Queen season 2? Renewal details explored

The Serpent Queen features Samantha Morton as Catherine de Medici (Image via Shanna Besson - © 2021 Starz Entertainment, LLC)
The Serpent Queen features Samantha Morton as Catherine de Medici (Image via Shanna Besson - © 2021 Starz Entertainment, LLC)

Fans are thrilled that Starz has already renewed The Serpent Queen for a second season. The first season aired on September 11, 2022, and had eight episodes. It's about Catherine de' Medici, the Queen of France from the 16th century, played by actress Samantha Morton.

Season 1 of The Serpent Queen is all about Catherine de' Medici, a 14-year-old who gets hitched to a French court in the 16th century after losing her parents. She must figure out who's got her back, both in the palace and in her personal life, to secure her place in the world.

The news that there will be a season 2 was dropped on October 27, 2022, right before the season 1 finale. Fans can look forward to catching season 2 in the summer of 2024. The Serpent Queen is a hit with audiences thanks to its modern twists, dark humor, and surprising storyline.

Renewal details and cast of The Serpent Queen season 2


Justin Haythe, the creator of the show, has already planned out all the upcoming episodes. He's excited to explore more of Catherine's reign and personal life, and might even bring in some new historical figures and events to add to her story.

Haythe mentioned to NTG about shooting the first season in an interview that came out in September 2022:

"We were shooting in the middle of COVID. And it really meant that everybody rose to the occasion. This was an incredible crew, French crew, and the French crews are tough, like you have to win their respect. And they did an extraordinary job, worked unbelievably hard for us."

In Season 2 of The Serpent Queen, we'll be welcoming back familiar faces like Samantha Morton as the main character. But get ready for some fresh new faces joining the cast too.

Here is a list of the key cast members for season 2:

  • Samantha Morton as Catherine de Medici
  • Minnie Driver as Elizabeth I (recurring)
  • Angus Imrie as Henry IV
  • Emma McDonald as Rahima
  • Stanley Morgan as Anjou
  • Philippine Velge as Margot, Catherine's eldest daughter
  • Rosalie Craig as Jeanne d'Albret (recurring)
  • Isobel Jesper Jones as Edith (recurring)
  • Bill Milner as King Charles IX (recurring)
  • Ashley Thomas as Alessandro de Medici (recurring)
  • Alexandre Willaume as Montmorency (recurring)

What to expect in The Serpent Queen season 2?

The next season will keep delving into Catherine de' Medici's life and time as Queen of France in the 16th century. Creator Justin Haythe says they'll focus more on her efforts to bring France into the modern age. This might touch on how she tried to bring in more artists and promote religious tolerance, which could have led to the important event known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

Haythe teased The Serpent Queen season 2 in a 2022 interview with Collider and said:

"That's an interesting arc for wherever it falls in subsequent seasons to know. That's what she's most well known for, certainly in France, is this act [where] I think more people died than in [the] French Revolution. So the question is, how does she make those choices?"

The episodes will probably feature new historical figures and events that helped define her as a strong and influential queen. The show takes cues from Leonie Frieda's 2004 book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France and has been called modern, funny, and surprising by Kathryn Busby, who heads up Originals at Starz.

Where to watch The Serpent Queen season 1?

To catch The Serpent Queen season 1, you can find it on different streaming platforms like Lionsgate Play, Lionsgate Play Apple TV Channel, and Lionsgate Play Amazon Channel. Viewers can also watch it on Prime Video on Amazon.com and STARZ.

The second season is shaping up to be an exciting continuation of Catherine de' Medici's story.

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