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YMMV / The Hollow Crown

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's Shakespeare, so this is practically a given. And in fact the entire series practically thrives on this.
  • Broken Base: The existence of the 2016 continuation provoked this. Some people were happy that the Histories would be completed with the Wars of the Roses cycle, others felt it was a needless extension of something that was close to perfect. The casting of said series then caused its own Broken Base.
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  • Draco in Leather Pants: Bordering on an In-Universe example and perhaps somewhat inevitable given the casting, but Richard III certainly qualifies. Regardless of history, in the plays the series is based on, Richard is undoubtedly a villain (and even admits as such) but the series portrays him as being practically forced into it and it's not unknown for viewers to try and make even more excuses for the terrible things he does.
  • Evil Is Cool: Richard III practically embodies this trope. He murders his way to power (even killing his nephews), and is generally horrible...but he's also a Deadpan Snarker and is more than capable of overcoming his disabilities and holding his own in a fight.
  • Growing the Beard: Literally, in Henry V's case. Tom Hiddleston goes from clean shaven as Prince Hal in Henry VI Parts 1 & 2 to sporting a beard for Henry V.
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: Considering both series have All Star Casts, there is a considerable portion of the audience who only tuned in for that reason.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Technically, you're not supposed to be rooting for Richard III at all. Doesn't seem to stop most people.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Many considered this to be the case when the Wars of the Roses cycle was announced since the previous series had been so well-received.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: We never see Falstaff again after the newly-crowned Henry V publicly sheds all association with him at the end of Henry IV, Part 2. He dies offscreen at the start of Henry V and his reaction to Henry's desertion is only exposited through the minor characters of his friends. (This also occurred in reality: Falstaff proved so popular with audiences that Shakespeare ended up writing The Merry Wives of Windsor in which Falstaff is a major character).
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  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Casting Benedict Cumberbatch as a deformed and undesirable (a fact he is constantly lamenting) murderer... In fairness, they do their best to make him look bad, and he naturally has an unusual look to him, but it still comes off almost silly whenever Richard starts moaning about how no one would ever love him...


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