Season three of Canal +’s Versailles is currently being filmed in Paris and surroundings. While we had no clue what to expect from season one story-wise and had a bit of a clue for season two, the main story-line of season has been confirmed already. It will be all about the Man in the Iron Mask and although our Sun King should have aged a bit by now, he has not done so in the show. As George Blagden said, Louis XIV is now at the point where he sees himself a bit like a God and will confront the Church.
Rumours about the whole Man in the Iron Mask topic have been around since the time season two aired in France. You are probably all somewhat familiar with the story and its various adaptions. The most common one sees a twin brother of Louis XIV as the mysterious prisoner…. which does not necessarily mean that Versailles will go down that road. Over the centuries, there have been various guesses on who this man could have been and interestingly, there is no mention that this man wore a mask of iron. The only mention of a masked prisoner, from a guard of the Bastille, refers to it as a mask of black velvet. It was not until a century later that the talk of a mask of iron began as Voltaire mentioned the story in his Questions sur l’Encyclopédie. Voltaire was also the one to claim the prisoner was a brother of Louis XIV. Alexandre Dumas picked that story up another century later and made it topic of his The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.
Fact is there was a masked prisoner whose identity can not be confirmed until this very day. As mentioned, the twin brother story is not the only one, but probably the one who is the most unlikely. If you fancy to read about who it could have been, click here.
As George mentioned, season three will not necessarily follow historical events and have a fair bit of fiction again. I know some of you do not mind the fiction, I know some of you loathe the fiction. I personally hope we will return to the balance of history and fiction season one had. As for the man behind the mask, I would enjoy it to be Nicolas Fouquet. Since the previous two seasons had the loose plot of someone endangering the King, Fouquet as his former minister would fit that plot. Worst case scenario? Monsieur finds out there is a prisoner ordered to keep his face hidden and that this prisoner is actually his and Louis’ brother, who has been locked away under the orders of their mother, so he may not challenge Louis claim to the throne. Philippe finds himself in the odd situation whether he should replace the current King with the masked one, who appears to be a whole lot less bothersome than Louis.
Whoever they chose to be the masked man, I will keep you updated and provide you with the first trailers. Season three will most likely air early 2018 in France.