Eight new episodes of ‘The Gilded Age’ are set to grace screens on Sunday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, inviting audiences to once again immerse themselves in the complexities and contrasts of the titular era.
‘The Gilded Age’ delves into a transformative period in American history, known for its seismic economic shifts, ideological clashes between old and new systems, and the rise and fall of monumental fortunes. The upcoming season continues to navigate the intricacies of this era, bringing to life the battles and ambitions of its vibrant cast.
The new season kicks off on Easter morning in 1883, with Bertha Russell (played by Carrie Coon) receiving the disheartening news that her bid for a coveted box at the Academy of Music has been rejected. As the episodes unfold, Bertha embarks on a mission to challenge the established norms, going head-to-head with the formidable Mrs. Astor (Donna Murphy) and the traditional societal hierarchy. Her determination not only aims to secure her own place in high society but also envisions a leadership role within it.
Meanwhile, George Russell (Morgan Spector) faces his own struggles as he confronts a burgeoning labor union at his Pittsburgh steel plant. In the Brook House, Marian (Louisa Jacobson) continues her clandestine journey of self-discovery, teaching at a girls’ school against the backdrop of a society that tries to confine her. Surprising everyone, Ada (Cynthia Nixon) initiates a new courtship, much to the disapproval of Agnes (Christine Baranski).
In Brooklyn, the Scott family grapples with the aftermath of a shocking revelation, and Peggy (Denée Benton) finds her voice as an activist through her collaboration with T. Thomas Fortune at the NY Globe.
The creative genius behind ‘The Gilded Age’ is Julian Fellowes, who serves as the creator, writer, and executive producer. The show is produced in collaboration with Bob Greenblatt, Gareth Neame, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and David Crockett. Michael Engler directs, and Sonja Warfield contributes as a writer. A co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, the series transports viewers back to a pivotal period of American history with its immersive storytelling and compelling characters.
As the premiere date draws near, fans of ‘The Gilded Age’ can anticipate a rich tapestry of drama, ambition, and societal change, all set against the grandeur of a bygone era. The second season promises to captivate audiences once again with its blend of history, intrigue, and human dynamics.