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Those lamenting the end of Game of Thrones' third season, you may have a replacement: Starz's upcoming drama The White Queen. With a new poster just arriving online, a new featurette has arrived that offers more insight into the important characters featured in the period drama.
Based on Philippa Gregory's novels, The White Queen follows Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), aka "The White Queen," Lady Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale), aka "The Red Queen," and Lady Anne Neville (Faye Marsay) as they use their various positions to try to manipulate the balance of power during England's infamous Wars of the Roses. See, it's all about the throne! Elizabeth, who belongs to the House of Lancaster (Lancaster? I mean, come on...!), falls in love and is set to marry Edward IV (Max Irons), who belongs to the rival House of York. This doesn't make Margaret all too happy, as she always wanted to be queen, though she does believe her son Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) is destined to be king. Then, there's Anne, who is the daughter of the Earl of Warwick a.k.a. The Kingmaker (James Frain), who often uses his daughter as a pawn in his attempt to usurp the throne. All it needs is dragons!
"What people don't know is that, behind the great battles and the history of men, is another history," explains Gregory. "And that's a history of the women." Oh, and those battles? According to the show's first trailer, there should be a good amount of that, along with some potentially naked, candlelit sex scenes.
So, let's go through the checklist: nakedness, battles, throne scheming? The White Queen truly is a more female-centric Game of Thrones! And, quite frankly, wouldn't be into that? It's Lady Thrones! It even has some very wordy and lengthy source material that most people haven't read — namely, England's 15th Century history — which will keep all the surprises intact.
The White Queen also stars Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as Elizabeth's mother Jacquetta Woodville, and Eleanor Tomlinson (Jack the Giant Slayer) as Lady Isabel Neville, Anne's older sister. The show premieres Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. on Starz, but, in keeping in Game of Thrones tradition, you can always DVR it and watch it Sunday night. It looks like it could be worth it, though, as the show already debuted on BBC One in June, the reviews for the first episode were less than stellar.