Wolf Hall Season 2 has been confirmed by Masterpiece and BBC, with cast members Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis returning, per TV Insider. It’s also mentioned that filming will begin soon on the show’s second installment, which will be titled Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light. It’s based on the final novel in Hilary Mantel’s award-winning trilogy.
What to know about Wolf Hall Season 2
“May, 1536. Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, is dead,” per an official description of Season 2. “As the axe drops, Thomas Cromwell emerges from the bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.”
It continues: “Cromwell, a man with only his wits to rely on, has no great family to back him, and no private army. Navigating the moral complexities that accompany the exercise of power in this brutal and bloody time, Cromwell is caught between his desire to do what is right and his instinct to survive. But in the wake of Henry VIII having executed his queen, no one is safe.”
“Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. All of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows.”
Academy Award winner Raylance will return to his BAFTA-winning role of Thomas Cromwell, while Emmy Award winner Lewis will return as King Henry VIII. They’ll be joined by Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Kate Phillips as Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour, and Lilit Lesser as Princess Mary, the daughter of Henry and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. More cast members will be announced later on.
Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will be directed by seven-time BAFTA award winner Peter Kosminsky (The Undeclared War, The State), adapted for television by Academy award nominee Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Frank), and produced by Colin Callender’s Playground (The Undeclared War, All Creatures Great and Small) and Company Pictures (Van Der Valk, Blood).