First of all, I must say, this is one of the things I love about blogging. You get to see how your opinions may have changed over the course of a few months (maybe years, even!) This has happened to me before with Jane Seymour - I posted once about how much I liked her and couldn't understand why others didn't, and then after reading one of her biographies, I realized she truly is quite dull! In this case, my change of heart is a good one, and I'd like to say that I absolutely adore this TV series, and I wish it was still on TV!
However, halfway through the first season (which I didn't start watching until after that blog post!!!), was a time of great change and incredible character development, and I think it's when the show really got interesting. I'll admit, the beginning of the season was a little slow, but at this point I could not stop watching! Anne really became a force to be reckoned with, and Henry started maturing a little more. Now, I must say that the second season is my absolutely favorite season of the show. The relationship between Anne and Henry is AMAZING, and I really can't imagine their story being portrayed any better than it was. It really captured everything - the romance, the sexual tension, the tender AND the bitter moments, and of course their tragic end. Natalie Dormer was truly exceptional as Anne, and I wish I had seen the second season before judging her, because this is where she truly blossomed.
I think in order to really appreciate this show, you have to watch the whole thing. You cannot judge the actors or the portrayals based on half a season (I learned my lesson). Henry truly develops the entire time during this show, and by the fourth season, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is playing almost a completely different role as the old, unhealthy, grumpy king. This show really had the power to make me cry like I've never cried during a show or movie before...honestly! Although there were certainly historical inaccuracies, which I've mentioned before (and will continue to mention and correct in these posts), I think it was the most well-done TV series I've ever watched, and when it ended I was thirsting for more!
So, to all lovers of The Tudors series, please forgive me for my insensitive comments a few months back! Now that I've watched the entire series, I have an entire new appreciation and a completely different opinion of this show and the actors who made it so wonderful!