George RR Martin enthusiastically recommends “The Great” on Hulu

Author of “A Song of Ice and Fire” George RR Martin is the man behind the most successful fantasy series of the last decade – “Game of Thrones” – so there’s a reason he’s very interested when it comes to other fantasy series, including those with looks based on real world history.

So it’s with “The Great” on Hulu, which is technically about the ascension of real-life Russian queen Catherine the Great. But when Martin quips about Not a blog, “I do not recommend this series as a way to pass your course on Russian history.” But what does that matter when the show is “crazy good”?

It’s funny, exciting, full of twists and turns, and a great cast of characters. And bawdy. Difficult to understand. You think there’s a lot of sex in ‘GAME OF THRONES’? Huh hum. The dialogue is sharp, witty, often laughs out loud, and the cast… there’s a LOT of great actors in this movie, but I had to pick Nicholas Hoult. His take on Tsar Peter III is an interesting one… and it still baffles me when I remind myself that this is the same guy who brilliantly played JRR Tolkien in TOLKIEN. That’s some range.

Martin is a student of popular history, but when it comes to stories, he’s prone to imagination. Some events in “Game of Thrones” are inspired by things that actually happened, such as the Red Wedding taking cues from real life. Black dinner, but he mixes and matches freely and makes the most of it. Of course he’ll be disappointed by “The Great,” which proudly declares that “a story that’s almost completely untrue.”

Where to watch “The Great”

For the record, the life of Catherine the Great (played by Elle Fanning on the show) is quite interesting. She succeeded in a coup against her husband Peter and later became Russia’s longest-reigning queen, presiding over a revival of Russian culture and influence.

But what’s even better is to take that base and shoot a bunch of tall stories on it! “I don’t know where they could go in the third season,” Martin mused back, “though maybe not where history has gone.”

You can watch “The Great” right now on Hulu.

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Huynh Nguyen

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