Carlos, Rey Emperador: Even Kings Need Christmas Breaks

carlos y felipe

I found out some unexpected news about Carlos, Rey Emperador earlier this week, so I thought it would be advisable to share them with all of you, non Spanish-speaking fans of the historical drama: this upcoming Monday, TVE will broadcast episodes 12 and 13 back-to-back, and then the remaining four episodes will air after the Christmas break.

The producers of the show have stated that these two episodes, entitled ‘The Demons’ and ‘Of Love and Death’, will end a cycle of Carlos’s life, starting a second and final one in the latter episodes. Needless to say, I think we can all guess what big event will take place at the end of episode 13, right? I won’t specify anything, but I am quite sure that it will be set in 1539…

If I am right, then the first 13 episode of Carlos, Rey Emperador will have shown us the period of time in the emperor’s life that goes from 1517 to 1539, with the remaining four telling us his experiences from that moment up until his death in 1558. That will include his health decline, the deaths of his eternal rival François I and of Henry VIII of England, the abdication and his last years in Yuste. Oh my, I can’t wait. Why do they have to make a Christmas break????

I will post my review of episode 12 on Tuesday, as usual, and will publish the recap for episode 13 later in the week.


For now, let’s take a look at the first minutes of episode 12, in which my pal François sees his world begin to crumble 😦

Carlos Rey Emperador

You can always pass the time between episodes downloading the show’s official game. It’s like Risk, but with real-life events!

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