Wolf Hall season 2: Release date, cast and plot for The Mirror and the Light

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Wolf Hall is confirmed to be returning for a third season, starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell (BBC) (BBC/Company Productions Ltd)

The BBC's critically acclaimed Wolf Hall is set to return with a second and final season, which will adapt Hilary Mantel's third Wolf Hall book The Mirror and the Light and will be named after it.

A beloved historical drama, the series follows the intricate narrative set out by the late author about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, who was minister to King Henry VIII.

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The BBC has confirmed new details about the upcoming episodes, and here is everything you need to know about the show's return.

Who will star in Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light?

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Wolf Hall's second season has been given the moniker "The Mirror and the Light" as it adapts Hilary Mantel's book of the same name (BBC) (BBC/Company Productions Ltd)

The final season of Wolf Hall will mark the return of Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, who portrayed the character in the first season of the show. The first season adapted Mantel's books Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

Damian Lewis will also return to play King Henry VIII, and Jonathan Pryce will also return as Cardinal Wolsey. Other returning cast members include Kate Phillips as Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour, while Lilit Lesser will once again play Princess Mary.

New cast members will be revealed by the BBC in due course.

What is the plot of Wolf Hall season 2?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Hilary Mantel is seen at a book signing for her new book 'The Mirror & the Light' at Waterstones Piccadilly on March 4, 2020 in London, England. The Mirror & The Light is the final book in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Hilary Mantel pictured with 'The Mirror & the Light' in 2020, which charts the final years of Thomas Cromwell's life. (Getty Images) (Peter Summers via Getty Images)

Wolf Hall's second season adapts Mantel's The Mirror and the Light, which charts the final years of Thomas Cromwell's life from 1536 until his death in 1540.

The story will begin in May 1536, shortly after the death of Anne Boleyn, and will follow Cromwell as he emerges from the bloody aftermath with renewed ambition to attain great power and wealth.

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: Thomas Cromwell Earl of Essex, painted by Holbein. Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, KG, PC (c. 1485(1) - 28 July 1540), known as 1st Baron Cromwell of Wimbledon between 1536 and 1540, was an English statesman who served as King Henry VIII's chief minister from 1532 to 1540. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Thomas Cromwell Earl of Essex, painted by Holbein. (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) (UniversalImagesGroup via Getty Images)

In the meantime, the series will also follow Henry VIII as he begins his new relationship with Jane Seymour, and the short-lived happiness it gives him.

Unrest is rife in England, though, with rebellions rising at home and traitors plotting abroad to take things from Henry, testing his patience and Cromwell's ambitions to breaking point — but how long until the King's advisor becomes a target himself?

When will Wolf Hall season 2 be released?

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Wolf Hall season 2 will also mark the return of Kate Phillips as Jane Seymour (BBC) (BBC/Company Productions Ltd)

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light is set to begin filming soon, which means that the BBC has not yet announced the show's release date.

Is there a trailer for Wolf Hall season 2?

As mentioned, filming has only been confirmed to be starting for Wolf Hall season 2 so there is not yet a trailer to tease what is to come in the final episodes.

Wolf Hall is streaming on BBC iPlayer.

This article originally appeared on Yahoo TV UK at https://uk.news.yahoo.com/wolf-hall-release-date-cast-plot-season-3-152902934.html