The Empress Season 2: What we know so far

The Empress stands as one of the most prosperous German original series in recent memory, specifically within the period drama genre. After just a few weeks of streaming, Netflix demonstrated its confidence in the series by promptly greenlighting a second season. Here, we provide comprehensive insights into what to expect from the upcoming second season of “The Empress” on Netflix.

The Empress is a captivating German Netflix Original historical romantic drama series. This remarkable production is the brainchild of Katharina Eyssen and is inspired by the early life and love story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The series boasts a talented team of co-writers, including Bernd Lange, Janna Maria Nandzik, and Lena Stahl, while the co-directors, Florian Cossen and Katrin Gebbe, have masterfully brought the narrative to life.

At the tender age of sixteen, Elisabeth Wittlebach embarks on a life-altering journey as she marries Franz Joseph, the Emperor of Austria. However, she soon finds herself at odds with the complexities of court life and her formidable mother-in-law. In the face of these challenges, Elisabeth must summon her inner strength to assert her voice in court and assume the role of a prominent figurehead in an empire struggling to find its way.

The Empress Season 2 Release Date

Empress season 2 will release sometime in 2024

It took just over six weeks from its initial release for Netflix to confirm the renewal of ‘The Empress’ for a second season, making the announcement on November 9th, 2022.

The show’s success on Netflix was evident from the start. In the first two weeks following its release, ‘The Empress’ garnered an impressive 106 million hours of viewership. For at least one week, it held the distinction of being the most-watched non-English language series on Netflix.

I am incredibly grateful that we were able to touch so many different people in Germany and around the world with our series. The story of Elisabeth’s life is a story of the power of love, but also the courage to be different and the hope for a better future. And that’s what we need right now. And that’s why we’re very happy that we can continue to tell this story.

Katharina Eyssen Statement

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What to expect from The Empress Season 2

The narrative of Empress Elisabeth’s captivating life has only begun to unfold, leaving many more decades of intriguing history to explore.

Now expecting her first child, Elisabeth is on the brink of motherhood, about to give birth to her first of four children, Archduchess Sophie of Austria. While this moment should have been among the happiest in Elisabeth’s life, it marked the start of a conflict with her mother-in-law, Princess Sophie. The latter believed Elisabeth was too young to raise the children and, against the Empress’s wishes, took it upon herself to oversee their upbringing.

After months of persistent pleas, Elisabeth succeeded in convincing her husband, Emperor Franz, to allow her to take her children with her on her journeys. Tragically, during one of these travels in Hungary, her daughter, Archduchess Sophie, succumbed to a severe fever.

The loss of Archduchess Sophie only intensified her grandmother Princess Sophie’s determination to be the primary caregiver for the Emperor’s grandchildren, rather than the Empress.

As a result, all of Elisabeth’s surviving children grew up with a distant mother. Though not unkind, Elisabeth’s demeanor was notably “unmotherly.”

Emperor Franz, on the other hand, was impacted by the birth of his first child and the actions of his wife, which contributed to quelling nationalist and revolutionary sentiments. However, tensions across Europe were inexorably leading Austria toward war.

The upcoming second season of ‘The Empress’ is expected to delve into Elisabeth’s pregnancy, her initial years as a mother, and the heart-wrenching loss of her firstborn child.

Empress Season 2 cast

  • Devrim Lingnau as Elisabeth von Wittelsbach
  • Philip Froissant as Franz Joseph I of Austria
  • Melika Foroutan as Princess Sophie of Bavaria,
  • Johannes Nussbaum as Archduke Maximilian
  • Elisa Schlott as Duchess Helene in Bavaria
  • Jördis Triebel as Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
  • Almila Bagriacik as Countess Leontine von Apafi
  • Hanna Hilsdorf as Countess Amalia von Salm Reifferscheidt.
  • Runa Greiner as Countess Charlotte von Stubenberg
  • Svenja Jung as Countess Louise Gundemann
  • Andreas Döhler as Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria
  • Wiebke Puls as Countess Sophie Esterházy
  • Michael Fuith as Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
  • Felix Nölle as Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria
  • Martin Butzke as Gustav, Prince of Vasa


The anticipation for the second season of “The Empress” is high as viewers look forward to delving deeper into the intriguing life of Empress Elisabeth. Season 2 is poised to explore her journey into motherhood, the complexities of her relationships within the royal family, and the tragic loss of her firstborn child. With its historical backdrop and compelling narrative, the show continues to captivate audiences by shedding light on the tumultuous events and emotions that shaped the Empress’s life. As the story unfolds, it promises to provide further insights into a pivotal period in history and the human drama that accompanied it.

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