Premium cable network Epix will be the new U.S. home for lavish fantasy drama Britannia beginning this summer. The first season of the series streamed on Amazon Prime Video back in 2018, and though the second aired in the U.K. last year, it had yet to cross the pond.
Described as a "genre-bending, psychedelic tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men, powerful women, all told with humor, heart, and violence", Britannia is set in 43 A.D. during the Roman invasion of Britain, as General Aulus attempts to conquer the land's powerful druids and warrior queens. The first season follows the story of Kerra (Kelly Reilly), the daughter of the King of Cantil, who must put aside her differences with her arch-rival Queen Atedia (Zoe Wanamaker) in order to try and fight back against the Romans. Elsewhere, the rogue druid Divis, who saw the Roman invasion, discovers an ally in a young Cantil girl, Cait, with a great destiny. The Roman general, Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey), is determined to succeed where Julius Caesar failed and conquer this mythical land at the far edge of the Roman Empire.
Drama - and a whole lot of other weirdness - ensues.
Season 2 will premiere on Epix on Saturday, October 4. For those who never saw the first season on Amazon Prime, Epix will also broadcast Season 1, beginning August 2 and continuing over the weeks leading up to the second season debut. Epix will also air the series' third season, which was announced earlier this year and is currently in production. (Standard warnings about everything going on with coronavirus-related delays applies.)
Watch the extended Season 2 trailer that was released on Sky Atlantic below.
“Jez Butterworth and the teams at Vertigo Films, Neal Street Productions, and Sky Studios have created a bold, epic series with a unique spin on the fantasy-adventure genre,” Epix president Michael Wright said in a statement. “Britannia is truly cinematic television – a perfect addition to the EPIX lineup – and we’re thrilled to give this series its new home.”
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