Netflix’s historical drama series The Empress is based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The series chronicles her whirlwind romance with Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and how her life changed after assuming royal duties. Elisabeth, or Sisi, as her family in Bavaria affectionately called her, was a romantic who did not allow herself to be bound by female duties. Empathetic and idealistic, she often made decisions that weren’t necessarily good for the Empire of. Elisabeth defied the rules of society. and regulations and was often seen smoking.
She is known for her free spirit and unconventional approach to life. “The Empress” doesn’t take many liberties, meticulously sticking to fiction based on historical fact. Even though all six episodes are nearly an hour long, it was an absorbing sight.
What Is The Plot?
Franz Joseph I was supposed to marry Elisabeth’s older sister, Helene, but when his eyes met Elisabeth, he knew she was the one he wanted to marry. Against the will of her mother Sophie, she chose Elisabeth. She made most of the decisions for him at the royal court, she wanted to have a say in their marriage. Franz fell in love with Elisabeth’s free spirit. She was unlike any other woman.
He spoke openly and did what his heart desired. Since Franz was a tense man, Elisabeth’s company calmed him. Elisabeth had rejected two marriage proposals mediated by her mother. She wanted to marry anyone she wanted, and she knew she had an instant connection with Franz.
When Franz Elisabeth proposed marriage instead of Helene, Helene was inconsolable. Unlike Elisabeth, Helene was a natural when it came to portraying herself as a royal figure. She knew that she was a better match for Franz and had dreamed of their union. Although the sisters later reconciled, Elisabeth could not fully trust Helene.
While Franz was Emperor, his mother controlled most of the decisions he made. With her poverty-stricken countrymen unhappy with the royal family, Sophie thought marrying Franz would bring hope and cause for celebration to the people. The men were sent to kill any revolutionaries who dared speak out against the Emperor. But Franz wasn’t in favor of suppressing the voices, he really wanted to help the citizens who disagreed.
With his mother’s vision, hoping to build an empire that didn’t resort to showing strength by physically crushing his subjects. After performing her marriage ceremony, Elizabeth was introduced to the townsfolk who had gathered near the church. She got closer to them than allowed and people were mesmerized when they saw her. As the royal family celebrated the holy union, commoners were beaten to death for demanding essentials. Sophie wanted to set an example for those who dared to protest or conspire against the Emperor. On the wedding day, Elisabeth found out about Franz’s affair with Countess Luisa. She confronted him and he confirmed that it was an affair that ended a long time ago. Elisabeth struggled to conform to the strict rules that were imposed on her and worried about the constant pressure of having an heir as she believed her purpose in life was much greater.
What Kind Of Relationship Did Archduke Maximilian And Empress Elisabeth Had?
Maximilian was the younger brother of Franz, who eventually became Elisabeth’s friend. Both were ideologically liberal and despised the restrictive life at court. Maximilian was attracted to her when they met. He could never fully accept the relationship between Franz and Elisabeth. She believed her brother had chosen Elisabeth out of jealousy.
Maximilian was not a fan of Franz; he always thought Franz didn’t trust him enough to give him an important role in the Empire. When Franz was elected Emperor after the abdication of his uncle Emperor Ferdinand, Maximilian found this unfair. He wanted to be emperor. and to this end, he conspired to win favors. Since many were disappointed by Franz’s decision to stay out of the war in Russia and not to support the tsar, Maximilian took advantage of this.
Franz wanted to bring the industrial revolution to Austria instead of going to war and spending money on it. Both France and Russia were disappointed in him for not choosing sides. Maximiliano wanted to draw momentum from the disappointment of the delegates. Later he turned to Elisabeth and promised to help her as soon as things changed.
Maximilian and Elisabeth kissed, although she regretted it the next moment. He had avoided sexual tension between them since the day he entered the palace. But she returned to him when there were problems in her marriage or when she felt a general resentment against her life as Empress. Their friendship often annoyed Franz, knowing that his brother was not faithful to him.
Why Was Archduchess Sophie Unable To Accept Elisabeth?
Sophie felt the sand slip through her fingers when her son decided to marry Elisabeth. She believed that none of her sons were fit enough to become emperor and that she was the one who ultimately pulled the strings. But after marrying Elisabeth, Franz became independent and chose not to accept all of his mother’s opinions. He wanted to build a railroad by taking out a loan from the bank, while his mother wanted him to send his army to help the Russians in the war. Franz found the war in vain and knowing the poor conditions in which the citizens lived, he wanted to help them. He spoke of peace and his lack of interest in expanding his empire. Her mother could not accept Elisabeth’s growing influence on her life. Especially when Elizabeth suggested taking the Tsar’s son, Alexander, on a hunting trip so that her husband could discuss business. Although it was Maximilian who poisoned Alexander’s mind, Elisabeth was accused of ruining any chance of an agreement.
When a wild boar tried to attack Alexander, Elisabeth shot the animal, which offended Alexander. He believed they gave him a faulty weapon to mock him. After the incident, Elisabeth’s husband accused her of showing no restraint. although he knew she shot the boar to protect Alexander’s life. Sophie used this incident to ridicule Elisabeth and her ideas.
He reminded Elisabeth that her only duty to the Empire was to produce an heir and that she should focus on doing just that. Sophie was married to Archduke Franz Karl, although they usually lived far apart. She had a lover, Prince of Vasa, who was indirectly credited as the father of one of her children (according to available information, Maximilian was believed to be the son of Napoleon II, with whom Sophie had a relationship, although such rumors have never been confirmed). The series also alludes to Countess Esterhazy’s sexual and romantic attraction to Sophie. Sophie then selected a younger countess to speculatively accompany her for voyeuristic pleasure.
Who Is Countess Leontine Von Apafi?
Countess Leontine of Apafi was murdered by two revolutionaries while riding in her carriage. Ava, a commoner, along with her comrades plotted to destroy the monarchy by impersonating the Countess. The idea was to get closer to the new empress and provide information to her organization. Accordingly, the organization would plan its attack on the Emperor. It wasn’t easy becoming Elisabeth’s favorite, considering there were ten countesses vying for her trust.
Ava’s tattered shoes made her stand out from the crowd. Countess Amalia doubted it from the first moment. Leontine’s manners were often unladylike, and her dreams and aspirations were unlike those of other single women. She was attracted to the court accountant who did not have a royal title.
Amalia seemed all too strange. But Elisabeth found a place of solace in Countess Leontine, also known as Ava: both were free-spirited and engaged in activities most would not accept. Although Ava had entered the royal palace to do her duty and end the dynasty, she gradually began to doubt the idea.
The Empress wasn’t the snob Ava thought she was. In Elisabeth’s difficult times, Countess Apafi was always at her side. He spoke for Elisabeth when the doctor gave her a chastity test. Ava knew Elisabeth felt compassion and didn’t dare kill her or her entire family. He opted for the monarchy and informed the royal family Guardians of the planned attack on the Emperor. Her partner was murdered and Ava lost the ability to leave real life behind, although living with her fake identity wasn’t that easy. She knew that if she escaped from the palace, the organization would kill her, and if anyone from the palace found out who she was, she would be out of luck. He had to keep the truth secret. So when she realized that Countess Amalia was snooping around her room and finding evidence of treason, she. They pushed her to death. Amalia died instantly and her body lay in a pool of blood.
Why Did The Empress Decide To Leave The Palace? How Did She Win The Trust Of The Commoners?
Constantly provoked by the Russians on the border, Franz had to send his troops to defend himself. He stuck to his position not to take part in the war, but at the same time wanted his soldiers to defend the borders. when something bad happened to them. He wanted to send out his message loud and clear that he had no interest in going to war, but if anyone dared set foot on his soil, he would not tolerate it. Sending the army to the borders was not Franz’s intention, but due to the circumstances, it was a step he had to take.
The bank refused to repay the loans to build the railroad when it learned that the Emperor was investing in sending men to the borders. The bank couldn’t take any risks and Franz’s dream project was stopped. With the threat of war looming, Sophie suggested that Elisabeth gain the townspeople’s trust by visiting them. It was a symbolic gesture to show that the monarchy sympathized with them and stood by them at a difficult time. Countess Esterhazy accompanied Elisabeth and Archduke Ludwig in.
They disembarked at the iron foundry where they were introduced to their workers. Elisabeth was angered by the worker’s physical condition and how they were forced to sacrifice their daily wages to support the army. Elisabeth noticed a little girl peering out of the foundry. She demanded to go inside and check the status of the foundry herself. Countess Esterhazy couldn’t stand that
Elisabeth’s random idea. He believed that he could endanger the lives of Elisabeth and little Ludwig, but Elisabeth refused to listen. He met the girl and noticed that she had no shoes to cover her feet. Elisabeth took off her shoes and gave them to him. Although Elisabeth wanted to walk to the carriage, the Countess rejected the idea and called a guard to fetch her.
By this point, an angry mob had gathered around the foundry and attacked the Empress and Archduke as they got into their carriage. Elisabeth was criticized for her poor judgment. The crowd wouldn’t have been mad if they’d let her walk around barefoot.
She has always wanted to connect with citizens and address their issues. Even if his solutions were not sustainable or sensible, he did his best in the given situation. Unfortunately, the girl’s brother to whom he gave his shoes was killed by the royal guards trying to control the excited crowd. Therefore, their small gesture of love meant nothing in the face of the systemic exploitation of the disadvantaged.
After the incident, Elisabeth turned to drinking and partying. She barely had time for Franz and their romance began to fizzle out. Sophie decided to punish Elisabeth for her scandalous ways. Either she had to live by the rules an empress is bound to, or give up her royal duties and live in Bavaria. Isabel refused to annul her marriage to Franz and wanted to stay.
I could no longer ride horses or take night walks. She could no longer have the company of the bridesmaids and would only be accompanied by Countess Esterhazy. Only at certain times did the Emperor come and spend time with her in the north wing. She had to give up everything she loved to become the perfect empress.
Elisabeth had time to make her decision. In the meantime, she found out that she was pregnant. When she wanted to tell Franz the good news, he ridiculed her because of her relationship with Maximilian. He agreed with his mother’s opinion. Decision because it was his biggest distraction.
Although she wanted more out of her life than just having a pretty face, he wanted her to be happy with her position. Realizing that her husband no longer loved her for who she was, Elisabeth decided to leave. On that day, a large crowd gathered in front of the palace to express their displeasure with the emperor. Franz prepared his men to shoot anyone who made alarming movements. Although most of the citizens were unarmed, Franz feared that unless he showed his strength, he would not be able to control the situation.
He began to trust his mother’s instincts, believing that her ideas were not taking the form he wanted. But in reality, his plans worked, and the Russians gradually left the border. Elisabeth was about to leave, but the door was blocked by the crowd. The royal guards told her not to step forward and leave later, but she wasn’t afraid of the crowd.
He went to the doors and asked the guards to open them. Elisabeth approached the crowd and bowed to show her respect. She told them she was pregnant, a glimmer of hope in the dark times. The emperor was informed about this, ran to the gate, and approached her.
Will There Be A Season 2 Of ‘The Empress’?
Season 1 of The Empress ends with great potential for a second season. The first season was just the beginning of Elisabeth’s married life. Although at the end of the first season she managed to gain the trust of the citizens and now that she is pregnant they will take her back to the palace, but this time with respect. Sophie must be devastated by Elisabeth’s bravery. Though he wanted his son to believe his wife was up to nothing. Well, Elisabeth succeeded.
Alone control an angry mob. He has now proven his worth and influence. Despite the story, we know that Sophie will shower Elisabeth with hatred throughout her life. The fact that Elisabeth did not give birth to a son initially caused ridicule and ridicule. Elisabeth’s desire for freedom will eventually create a distance between her and Franz.
Elisabeth’s life didn’t get easier over time; She still felt caged and often melancholic. Her goal in life was to find herself and live her life freely. The series could also portray Elisabeth’s obsession with maintaining her physical appearance, to which she devoted hours every day. also determine whether or not Ava’s truth comes out.
Obviously, the new Countess of Sophie is aware of some shenanigans at play. It’s also interesting that the series ends with a look at Sophie’s youngest son, Ludwig, who dresses in women’s clothes. It was known that he was homosexual and a transvestite during this period. Time. “La Emperatriz” is a promising program that we hope will be repeated a second time. The Empress is a 2022 historical drama series streaming on Netflix.