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In this historical drama series set in the 17th century, France's King Louis XIV has grand plans for an incredible palace, but he has to overcome lots of political intrigue in and around his court in order to make his palatial dreams come true. The series debuted in 2015 on the Canal+ network.

Ovation
3 Seasons, 30 Episodes
November 6, 2015
Drama
7.9/10
Cast: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams
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Versailles Full Episode Guide

  • Looking to the future, King Louis XIV seeks to reconnect with his people, and reconcile his family. As some oppressed Parisians plan a violent welcome for Louis, has one of his friends become a foe?

  • His resolve reinforced, Louis is dismissive of the pain his plans will cause others, be they Philippe or Protestants of all classes. Cardinal Leto is confident of making the king marry Isabella of Portugal.

  • Suffering an identity crisis, Louis gets moody, unable to reveal the reason. Jeanne's protest pamphlets in Paris bring reprisals led by Marchal.

  • Has Louis finally learnt the identity of the man in the iron mask? Cardinal Leto is still determined to use his knowledge against the king. Fabien Marchal is in pursuit of fugitive Sophie and the young woman he must kill.

  • Louis hopes diplomacy will hide his duplicity as he works to undermine Leopold while winning over severe cardinal Leto. Marchal helps Philippe learn a family secret, and is troubled by a command from the king.

  • Can Louis' longed-for loving touch help the ailing queen? An engraved blade holds a clue to who Philippe has antagonised. Jeanne challenges her brother's business-minded betrayal.

  • Seeking retribution, Louis lashes out at the Parisian rebels though Philippe urges a more reasoned response. Word from Spain casts doubt on Marie-Therese's intentions. Sophie's loyalties are tested.

  • Little can be taken at face value as Louis negotiates with Leopold over Spain, the Bastille governor has a sorry tale for Philippe and Sophie surprises Marchal.

  • Louis welcomes a defeated royal relative to the palace, but with unforeseen personal consequences. Philippe stumbles upon a mystery man. Madame de Montespan finds how to hurt a former friend, the King's prim companion Francois de Maintenon.

  • Montespan seals a pact with the Devil by taking part in a black mass orchestrated by the defrocked priest Etienne Guibourg. Fabien and his men interrupt the satanic ritual at its climax, but Montespan manages to escape without being seen. In Court, Philippe diligently enforces Louis' commands and grows closer to Thomas, who seems to have fallen under his charm. Chevalier, ravaged by jealousy, is determined to fight off and eliminate his new rival. Palatine's joy at her pregnancy turns to dismay when she learns that her people have been decimated by the King's armies. Louis, accused of authorising the massacre of the Palatinate, breaks down: Has God completely abandoned him? He turns to the only person who can bring him internal peace: Madame Scarron, now Madame de Maintenon. Louis, reassured once again, realises that Agathe could be at the source of the poison scandal.

  • Louis is determined to regain control over his palace and his life. He begins by ending his relationship with Montespan. Humiliated in front of the Court, she decides the unthinkable: if God has forsaken her, then it's to the Devil she must now turn. Palatine falls gravely ill, leading to fears she has been poisoned. But these fears are lifted when her diagnosis is revealed: she is pregnant. The Duke of Cassel, poisoned by Sophie, dies a slow and lingering death. Knowing he is on borrowed time, he reveals to Louis Thomas' true intentions. Gaston's misdoings backfire on him when the Maquet's, ruined by his blackmail, put an end to his days within the walls of Versailles. Fabien agrees to return into the King's service, determined to avenge Claudine's death and to finally put an end to the Poison Scandal.

  • The King's army wins several victories on the Dutch front, but it isn't enough for Louis, who wants to crush Holland and bring Guillaume d'Orange to his knees. But he doesn't foresee Guillaume's guile. He draws Louis into a trap and forces his army to retreat. During this time, in Court, Marie-Thérèse oversees a pious, austere rule. But her authority is questioned by the courtiers, starting with Philippe, who takes on the role of King-for-a-Day during the visit of the Sultan of Bijapur. Philippe gets caught up in the game, spurred on by Montespan, and disobeys the Queen's orders by organising a decadent evening in his quarters. Montespan takes advantage of the evening to push Isabelle, who she views as a potential rival, to the worst excesses. In town, Claudine has finally uncovered the source of the poisons, but she has also attracted the attention of dangerous criminals.

  • Louis is afflicted by terrible insomnia, which feeds his paranoia. He dismisses Fabien from his duties, and distances himself more and more from his entourage - with the exception of Montespan. Fabien goes to live with Claudine to start a new life, but Claudine continues her investigations into the source of the poisons. Gaston has made a pact with Agathe: having won back the favour of the Court, he must help Montespan to rid herself of her enemies, and expand the witch's customer base. Louis decides to assign the Dutch War to Philippe, much to everyone's surprise. But his paranoia prevails, and so, to assure his own glory, and to escape the palace that oppresses him, Louis eventually decides to go into battle himself. Philippe, humiliated, finds unexpected comfort in the arms of Palatine. Consumed with jealousy, Chevalier seduces Isabelle, Colbert's young niece, who has newly arrived to Versailles.

  • Poisonings continue to spread, and Fabien's investigations have reached a dead end. The King's decisions are criticised, such as his appointment of Cassel to the position of Minister of Justice. To ensure Cassel is kept under constant surveillance, Louis decides that he must marry Sophie. She finds comfort in the Princess Palatine, to whom she has become lady-in-waiting. The marriage of Philippe and Palatine is celebrated, but Philippe, under pressure from the Chevalier, is unable to fulfil his conjugal duty...In the Court, Madeleine de Foix is deeply offended by Cassel's appointment: she had done everything in her power to ensure the position was given to her son Gaston! Montespan welcomes her friend, the humble Madame Scarron, into the Court as the governess to her child.

  • The Church rises up against the King, commanding him to end his adultery with Montespan. The bishop Bossuet forms an alliance with Father Pascal, who has come to the Court at the Queen's behest to return order and morality to the Palace. But Louis remains deaf to their orders. He has managed to convince Philippe to return to Versailles, or more to the point, has coerced him, by returning to him Chevalier who he had exiled to Italy. But on his return, Philippe must wed the bride that Louis has chosen for him: the Princess Palatine. Fabien continues to investigate the poisonings with the help of Sophie, who is spying for him in the parlours. Montespan fears that the King will lose interest in her once she gives birth...so she seeks to retain his love by following the advice and aphrodisiacs procured by Madame Agathe.

  • In the Season 2 premiere, the palace of Versailles is admired from all over the world, and the king's army grows as Louis prepares to invade Holland. Louis finds strength and comfort in the arms of Madame de Montespan, who is pregnant with their child. A playwright is welcomed.

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