Sti concludes the second season of Sisi II, the German-Austrian series-event that is keeping half of Europe glued to the small screen. There third and final episode, in fact, it goes broadcast tonight on Canale 5 at 21.20. L’love for her husband Franz, Emperor of Austria, the forbidden passion for the Hungarian count Andrassy, they intertwine even more with political issues and with the results of the war that devastates Europe. So the beloved Austrian princess (played by a very good Dominique Devenport) is ready to wear another crown (the Hungarian one), making a sort of slalom between alleged lovers and popular adoration.
What emerges is not only the personality charismatic and rebellious of Sissi, but also there unbridled modernity of his character which “opened the way” for all subsequent ones rebel princesses (from Lady Dianato Stephanie of Munich and Meghan Markle).
Sisi II: passion for Andrassy makes the Austrian Empire tremble
There previous installment (moved at the last minute to December 30 to make way for a film about Pele on the occasion of his death on December 29) ended with a breathtaking twist. to Franz (Jannik Schumann)it has been reported that Sissi and Count Andrassy (John Funiati), they kissed.
For a long time the Empress had tried to resist temptation. But being in a single cell with Andrassy shattered any good intentions. Thus the passion exploded.
The news, for Franz, was a cold shower: the jealousy of the Emperor of Austria it flared up. But now the duties of state have the upper hand. The war against Prussia looms and he has to leave for the front. His heart is broken, but a person’s worth is measured in hard coins. And Franz leaves for the front demonstrating enormous dignity, courage and strength. Sissi’s eyes thus return to shine with admiration for her husband. Paradoxically, the distance between the two, this time, serves to bring them closer together.
Franz at war, Sissi rules Austria with her hated mother-in-law
Sissi remains alone in Vienna to govern Austria, while her husband is at the front. These are very hard times for the Empress who has to share every decision with the hated mother-in-law, the Archduchess Sofia (Désirée Nosbusch).
Meanwhile Andrassy managed to convince the Hungarian rebels not to support Bismark, but the Austrians cannot withstand the Prussian impact. To make matters worse comes a cholera epidemic. Sissi, on his initiative, meets Bismarck: it is a last-ditch effort to help Austria and her husband to find a peaceful solution. It’s of little use. The last battle inexorably overwhelms the Austrians. Franz can do nothing but order a retreat.
And so she also becomes Queen of Hungary
Austria lost the war and Franz, returned to his homeland, he can give vent to the his wounded heart. Convinced that Sissi is still unfaithful to him, sends her to Hungary with full powers to grant a free parliament and a constitution. The Hungarians approve the proposal, on the condition, however, that Franz becomes king instead of Stefano whose traces have been lost. The only one who can know where Stefano is is the leader of the Hungarian rebels, who is in prison, ill with cholera.
Sissi, once again, tries the diplomatic weapon by focusing on her powerful charisma and sees the leader of the rebels. However, the meeting takes a bad turn: Sissi remains infected, falls ill with cholera and risks her life.
Franz, very worried and madly in love, runs to his wife. He makes sure that she is guaranteed the best care. Sissi has a great will to live and, in this extreme situation, the two return to declare themselves madly in love with each other.
The story then we know: Sissi recovers and together with her husband becomes sovereign of Hungary.
It will be Sisi III?
There is plenty of material for a third season. Sissi is crowned Queen of Hungary in 1867. The following year she gave birth to her last daughter, Maria Valeria, her favourite, whose education she personally supervised (the education of her other daughter Gisella had delegated to her grandmother because she felt inadequate as a mother, after losing the first daughter Sofia). A few years later, she is shocked from the suicide of his son Rodolfo, the heir to the throne who will never wear the crown. So much life of her until her death, caused by the Italian anarchist Luigi Lucherini who stabbed her in the chest.
But to know if there really will be a third season, we still need time. The production awaits to know the public response of this second season.
In Italy the first two episodes have recorded good numbers even if not excellent (almost 14% share for the first episode, almost 13% for the second, hovering around less than two million viewers, in any case less than the competition from Rai 1).
We have to wait to know the percentages recorded in the rest of Europe, where the series is being aired, and then sum up.
The probability of a new season is high.
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