The Tudors

Season 3 Episode 1

Civil Unrest

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 05, 2009 on Showtime
8.5
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King Henry marries for the third time. A blonde, shy noblewoman by the name of Jane Seymour. The king's decision to abandon the Catholic Church causes an uproar.

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  • Civil Unrest

    9.0
    Civil Unrest was a superb episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this first episode of the third season as King Henry gets married to Lady Jane Seymour, Lady Mary makes an important decision, and the people of England are starting a rebellion. There was a lot of character and plot development as the ground work for this season has started to reveal itself. I found it very interesting how King Henry spied upon Queen Jane when she was with the Imperial Ambassador. Queen Jane is truly a great character and I thought it great how she wished to acknowledge the King's daughters. Cromwell rose even higher in this episode, however he seems to be at risk of losing the Kings favor. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
  • New season, new wife.

    7.2
    The Tudors closed out in tremendous fashion last year, ending with arguably the most exciting period of King Henry VIII's reign. So how did TV's favorite historical drama return?



    Rebellion is upon the kingdom and there's a new wife for the King.



    One thing you immediately notice is that Annabelle Wallis's Jane Seymour character is not as strong-willed as Natalie Dormer's Anne Boleyn. She's shy, and it is only a matter of time before Henry destroys her (as if you did not know the story already). The females are really not the focal point of The Tudors, which could be one of the reasons this show has not achieved the critical praise of fellow Showtime series Dexter.



    While enjoyable, the show was lacking that monumental, larger than life presence usually associated with it. This was not a bad start, but it was more about the building blocks for the ten episode season than an episode that will shock the world and reel in some new fans.moreless
  • Nice to have it back

    8.0
    Definitely a guilty pleasure. New season and things are happening very fast. Henry marries Jane and I have to admit I already miss Natalie Dormer. Her performance was very strong and she was very passionate. But Jane is a different kind of woman, more manageable and she is trying to do the right thing in order to please the King I think and to probably not end like the other wives.



    What a terrible thing to ask Mary to do, but she had to do, she felt threatened. However, the encounter with her father was very touching. When I thought the King was going to be rude, he went and did something a father would do.moreless
  • Thy kingdom come.

    7.5
    With each passing year Henry's intensity, rage, cruelty and inhumanity grow. Some times his monstorous nature is almost frightening but their is still humanity in him and he has small moments of true beauty. His reunion with Mary was amazingly touching and my favorite part of the episode, made me very emotional. I very much doubt he will welcome back Mary without a few bumps in the road but I think in a lot of ways he still loves her just as much as he would any son.



    This season has some great plot lines coming that we got small glimpses into. Robert Aske and his pilgrimage of grace. The ever impressive rise and mighty fall of Cromwell, that should easily be the most compelling death this season. Except maybe for Jane, with her sudden death after she finally gives the king what he has desired for most of his life. A son, Edward. Henry's reaction to both will be priceless. His fourth marraige also promises to be quite interesting but I'm quite pleased to the birth of his son more then anything.



    I'm not surprised that Henry has already been unfaithful to Jane, even after she gives him a son I very much doubt he would remain loyal to her. The way of a king I suppose, the way of times back then. But even still I must say out of all the wives I think perhaps he loved Jane the most, or in the truest way at least. As much as he could. She is a great lady, reuniting Henry with Mary and supporting Elizabeth despite her old troubles with Queen Anne. But until she gives Henry his great desire as we all know she will not be safe.



    No one is ever really safe from Henry, Katherine his first wife got off easy. The same goes for Mary. But he's killed far more loyal friends then Cromwell, he may have helped the king in great matters before but with great power and closeness to the crown it seems like the more your life is in danger. Anne, Wolsey, Moore.



    What I love about this show is that everyone pretty much has what you might call good and evil in them, such were the times. You wante power, you sometimes had to do bad things to get it. You wanted to prove loyalty, you sometimes had to do things you might otherwise. Over the years most of the characters have had good and bad in them, done good and bad things. The best part is that you can relate to both sides in everyone, even sometimes understand both sides in everyone.moreless
Charlotte Salt

Charlotte Salt

Ursula Misseldon

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Mark Hildreth

Mark Hildreth

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Max Brown

Max Brown

Edward Seymour

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Charlotte Salt

Charlotte Salt

Ursula Misseldon

Recurring Role

Mark Hildreth

Mark Hildreth

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Rebekah Wainwright

Rebekah Wainwright

Catherine Brandon

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