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The Tudors: Season 4 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Henry's sordid story is concluded in a truncated manner that nevertheless provides closure, although viewers may feel that the ruler's most interesting lovers and opponents had already lost their heads before this fourth and final season.

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The fourth season begins with Henry taking his fifth bride, the lustful teenager Catherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant). However, the newlyweds' honeymoon is short-lived when the new queen's faithfulness is soon called into question. Ultimately, there is a sixth and final marriage, to the recently widowed Catherine Parr (Joely Richardson). As the final season progresses the king's declining health comes into focus, a hard fought war with France takes it's toll, and the deaths of several of his contemporaries has Henry solemnly contemplating his own mortality.

Cast

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill
as Charles Brandon
Sarah Bolger
as Princess Mary
Rebekah Wainwright
as Catherine Brandon
Joely Richardson
as Catherine Parr
David O'Hara
as Earl of Surrey
Torrance Coombs
as Thomas Culpepper
Joss Stone
as Anne of Cleves
Max Brown
as Edward Seymour
Tamzin Merchant
as Catherine Howard, Katherine Howard
Natalie Dormer
as Anne Boleyn
Nick Dunning
as Thomas Boleyn
Guy Carleton
as Chamberlain
Alan Van Sprang
as Sir Francis Bryan
Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Katherine of Aragon
Andrew McNair
as Thomas Seymour
Emmanuel Leconte
as King Francis
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Fisher
Joanne King
as Lady Rochford
Rod Hallett
as Richard Rich
Emma Hamilton
as Anne Stanhope
James Gilbert
as William Brereton
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Critic Reviews for The Tudors: Season 4

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

I've come to admire Hirst's sex-charged costume drama for its deft blending of gossip and governance.

December 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The Tudors has been all dressed up with plenty of places to go and ample beheadings to behold. It's been a romp at times, but also a richly textured morality play in which an all-powerful king cast himself as God and greatly relished the role.

December 17, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Its strongest suit is illustrating 1) the coexistence of powerful, conflicting forces inside the same person, and 2) the idea that absolute power corrupts.

April 11, 2010 | Full Review…

After four marvelous seasons chock-full of royal intrigue, romance and decadence, Showtime's majestic soap The Tudors ends on an appropriately melancholy note.

December 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything happens way too fast. Sure, it wouldn't be interesting to have a show that lasts seven years before anything exciting happens, but The Tudors makes Henry seem like a kid who gets bored with his toys every five minutes.

December 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Though not always exactly historically accurate, real life events do dictate that King Henry VIII outlives most of the series' most interesting characters... Thus, we begin season four with a dearth of vibrant characters to hold our interest.

December 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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