“The Gilded Age” is losing a bit of its high society luster, thanks to a certain 19th century social climber.
Carrie Coon reprises her role of “new money” power player Bertha Russell, who starts a social war with her husband George (Morgan Spector) in the Season 2 teaser.
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The official synopsis reads: The American Gilded Age was a period of tremendous economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Season 2 opens on Easter morning 1883, with the news that Bertha Russell’s offer for a box at the Academy of Music has been rejected. Throughout the season’s eight episodes, Bertha challenges Ms. Astor and the old system, seeking not only to gain a foothold in society, but to potentially play a leading role in it.
Meanwhile, Marian (Louisa Jacobson) secretly works as a school teacher, while her wealthy aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon) argue over a particular suitor.
“The Gilded Age” was created by “Downton Abbey” showrunner Julian Fellowes, who also writes and executive produces the series. Michael Engler directs and executive produces, along with writer Sonja Warfield. Gareth Neame, David Crockett, Bob Greenblatt and Salli Richardson-Whitfield also serve as executive producers. “The Gilded Age” is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Star Nixon previously told IndieWire that “The Gilded Age” shares intersecting stories of women trying to find their place in a strict social setting.
“Characters like Ada, Bertha and Peggy [Denée Benton] have nothing in common, but what they do have in common is that the world was not built for them,” said Nixon. “And they’re trying to push it as far as they can, and each in their own way. The rules can be very rigid. But there are people who can change things through the power of their personality, or just beep for themselves, and by beeping for themselves, things can change.
Nixon teased Season 2: “A lot of cool things are happening this upcoming season. Shocking and surprising things, including a huge change that turns the relationship between Agnes and Ada upside down.”
Season 2 of “The Gilded Age” premieres October 29 on HBO and is available to stream on Max. Watch the teaser below.
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