The Tudors

Season 1 Episode 10

The Death of Wolsey

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 10, 2007 on Showtime
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Cardinal Wolsey attempts to save his career by finding a new, yet surprising ally: Queen Katherine, who has also lost the King's favour. However, their plotting is discovered by the King's advisors.

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  • The Death of Wolsey

    The Death of Wolsey was a perfect episode and season one finale of The Tudors. I really enjoyed watching this episode as tensions rise, plots thicken, and some wonder what fate holds for them. It was fun to watch Charles Brandon facilitate the arrest of Wolsey and sad to see Wolsey repentant for his deeds with no hope. Sir Thomas More continues to persue and burn heretics, as he begins to wonder if the King is as traditional and loyal to the church as he believed. The last scene with Henry and Anne in the woods was intense as his frustration boils over into eruption as he is denied satisfaction. I look forward to watching the next season of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
  • Season finale: Everyone gets what deserve!

    This season was awsome! I mean there is only one season, but it was geat. The first few episodes were boring, but after them, i really liked it!

    Lets confess: nothing really happaned in this series.

    But I just cant stop watchin it. These charaters are soo cool, just like in Rome!

    And the music...OMG!

    Okay so Wolsey tries to return to the King, but he cant make it. Everyones against him. He finally contact with the Queen, but they arrest him, and put him in jail. Henry wants to forgive him everything...but Wolsey commits suicide. And finally Henry gets what he wants from Anne Boleyn. So I dont understand. Thats a cliffhanger for the season finale?

    Anyway, I cant w8 for march 30! :)moreless
  • The story of Henry VIII.

    Wolsey, now the Bishop of York and living in relative poverty, is repudiated by Anne Boleyn and writes to Queen Katherine instead, trying to gain her support. Thomas More uses his new powers as Chancellor and starts actively persecuting prominent Lutherans. Henry finds his new Privy Counsillors less proficient than Wolsey was in running the country. He also starts finding elements much to his liking in the teachings of Luther, and dispatches Thomas Cromwell to various faculties of theology, hopefully to obtain favorable opinions regarding his intended divorce. Wolsey's secret communication with the Queen is uncovered and he is arrested and charged with high treason. He commits suicide en route to London. Anne Boleyn engages Henry in sexual encounter, but forces him to perform coitus interruptus.moreless
  • The fall of Wolsey and the start of the Anglican Church.

    I felt this was a slightly anticlimactic conclusion of the first season (and yes, I had to use that phrase after watching the final scene of the episode).

    So, Wolsey dies, but I had expected King Henry to announce the creation of his church, which would then have occurred in season 2.

    Instead, the state of his marriage to Katherine is still left uncertain. Heretics are burned for thoughts that the king shares. Henry knows about the burnings, yet it seems Thomas More does not know about the king's interests in heretic literature, which seems odd.

    For a season finale, you'd perhaps expect the classification, 'conclusion' but this did not feel like a conclusion at all. Too many storylines were not properly wrapped up in my opinion.moreless
Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy

Simon Fish

Guest Star

Rebekah Wainwright

Rebekah Wainwright


Guest Star

Padraic Delaney

Padraic Delaney

George Boleyn

Recurring Role

Joe van Moyland

Joe van Moyland

Thomas Tallis

Recurring Role

Jamie Thomas King

Jamie Thomas King

Thomas Wyatt

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Charles Brandon: Anthony's one of my finest horsemen.
      Knivert: Except for when I fall off.

    • Knivert: Aren't you supposed to be running the country?
      Charles Brandon: I leave that to Norfolk. He's had more practice. And in any case, meetings with ambassadors - infinitely tedious. They're all liars, hypocrites and middle-aged men.
      Knivert: Would you prefer them to be women?
      Charles Brandon: My friend, if all ambassadors were beautiful women I'd be serving my country day and night.

    • King Henry: Have I made you unhappy?
      Anne Boleyn: No, I would only be unhappy if you ever stopped loving me.
      King Henry: London would have to melt into the Thames first.

    • Queen Katherine: I had always thought fancied that the King, after pursuing his course for some time, would turn away, would hear to his conscience and change his purpose, as he has done so often before. I believed with all my heart that he would return to reason, but now, I ...
      Ambassador Chapuys: Madame, I pray you, don't give way.
      Queen Katherine: No excellency, I shall never give way.

    • King Henry: The need for reformation in the Church is manifest. The Emperor has a duty to promote it, as do I in my own domain. I'm glad we've had this opportunity to exchange opinions.
      Ambassador Chapuys: Your Majesty.

    • Thomas Cromwell: You condemn all reformers as heretics?
      Thomas More: Wolsey was far too soft on them. I intend not to be.
      Thomas Cromwell: Will you burn them?

    • Thomas Cromwell: Sir Thomas, I notice you allow yourself none of the trappings of your great office.
      Thomas More: I'm not so vain as to display its power, Master Cromwell, but I'll tell you this, I fully intend to use it.

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