The Tudors

Season 2 Episode 7

Matters of State

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 11, 2008 on Showtime
8.8
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The English Reformation is in full swing. Queen Anne suffers from nightmares and feels threatened by Katherine and her daughter. Henry pays an unplanned visit to an old friend, Sir John Seymour, father of Jane Seymour.

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  • So slow

    6.5
    The Tudors returns to its familiar roots of lots and lots and lots of talking and build up. We see the effects of the reformation as churches are being suppressed. Usually I'd loathe King Henry because he's so blinded by the decisions he has made, but with the distance that continues to separate him and Anne it's making me anxious to see how he'll react. He was a one trick pony; he'd concede to almost everything that Anne has bidden to him and vehemently argue against those who opposed him. Now the requests have become even more dire, kill Queen Catherine and Princess Mary?

    The episode focused a lot on Anne and how the title of Queen has been making her more egotistical, delusional, and power hungry. She so desperately wants to free herself of the shackles of her father and prove that she's equally well equipped to engineering their scheme of making her Queen.

    Other than that though the episode contained a ton of plot progression without much pay offs. The show can't just be one long dragging set up to satisfy one giant pay off.moreless
  • Matters of State

    10
    Matters of State was a perfect episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this episode because The Reformation continues to change England, Anne has nightmares about Lady Mary, and poor Queen Katherine of Aragon had some really emotional scenes. I was touched by her courage, strength and honor. Anne celebrates some good news and is definitely riding the quiet before the storm. It is interesting to see the continued liasons and apparent relationship between George Boleyn and Marc the musician and dance master. I really enjoy seeing the life style of these times, and their celebrations. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
Stephen Hogan

Stephen Hogan

Sir Henry Norris

Guest Star

Laura Jane Laughlin

Laura Jane Laughlin

Margaret "Madge" Sheldon

Guest Star

Serena Brabazon

Serena Brabazon

Nan Saville

Guest Star

Sarah Bolger

Sarah Bolger

Mary Tudor

Recurring Role

Padraic Delaney

Padraic Delaney

George Boleyn

Recurring Role

David Alpay

David Alpay

Mark Smeaton

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • King Henry and Queen Anne dance to a volta. Ironically, the song is Como Poden Per Sas Culpaswhich was composed by King Alfonso X of Spain and written in honour of the Virgin Mary. The reformer king and queen of England are dancing to a song that praises one of the biggest Catholic saints.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Thomas Boleyn: Anne, I did not bring you up to have opinions, or to express them or to quarrel with those closest to the crown.
      Queen Anne: But I'm closest to the crown, I am the king's wife.
      Thomas Boleyn (pulls her to him): And you should remember how you got there!

    • Mark Smeaton: Have you told her about me, about us?
      George Boleyn: No.
      Mark Smeaton: Why the hell not? You're George Boleyn, like a bloody god around here.
      George Boleyn: If you could read Greek, Master Smeaton, you would know that even the gods have problems with their wives.

    • (On being told about Katherine's death)
      Queen Anne: Now I am indeed queen.

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