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The Musketeers - Season 2 - Filming Updates & Speculation [UPDATED 26/10/14]

With filming starting on Monday, and bits of info starting to come in already, it's about time we got our Season 2 filming and speculation thread under way. I have added the bits and pieces we have had posted in a couple of the previous threads so far below, and will update it periodically with what ever new pieces of information we get. If you would like to send me anything to add to the thread I can be contacted on Twitter or by email (sandi@spoilertv.com), or you can use the Submit Scoop button which can be found under the Start tab at the top of the page.

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26th October 2014

Lots of news for you on this update!

Filming for Season 2 will be over in less than two weeks and then it will only be three months until it hits our screens, the long wait is almost over Musketeer fans! Well, it is if you are lucky enough to live in the UK, fans living in the USA will still have to wait until June 2015 at present for Season 2 which is a long time to go trying to dodging the inevitable spoilers. Other shows, like Doctor Who, don't have to wait for such a long time before broadcast because fans have made it clear that there is a huge demand for them. So make your voices heard and tweet/message BBC America if you would like them to know the same about The Musketeers!

Producer Jessica Pope has been tweeting with fans about how the crew will be developing plans and ideas for Season 3 once filming finishes on the 7th November. Although the go ahead hasn't been given yet news that the show has been part of the success that has driven up sales of British TV exports by 5% this year must put it in good standing I feel.

I've started a G+ Community to run along side the site which can be found here. As well as posting the photos and bits of news as the come in you can also add your fan art/videos, unrelated photos, articles, interviews, discussion, etc. There will also be links back to the comments section of this post for any of the spoilers posted over there if you would like to carry any discussions on over here too. It's only small at present, but once Season 2 starts I expect a lot more Gifs and discussion will start to come in.

Adrian Hodges answered some questions over at Live Journal this month, mostly related to S1 but with a few hints looking forward too. A few bits are below, but head over to the link to read the full article.

Q: One word only to describe each of the four Musketeers

Athos: Charismatic

Porthos: Unstoppable

Aramis: Profound

D’Artagnan: Heroic

Q: Where are the palace scenes filmed? The rooms are absolutely gorgeous. Are they part of a real location?

A: All the Louvre Palace scenes are done in a variety of locations in the Czech Republic, bar the new Queen's chambers, which you'll see in the new series which is a set at our fixed base in Doksany.

Q: Will we see d'Artagnan continue to grow and develop into the legendary character he becomes in the books?

A: In due course, but we're not in any rush. He certainly faces some really tough challenges this year, both in physical terms and romantically. But I think the "heroic journey" you mean is more for the third season. But it's always been part of our plan.

Q: Can you tell us something about each of the four main characters that hasn’t yet appeared on screen in the series (however inconsequential)?

A: Not without spoiling the next series! Suffice to say that we find out something important that we didn't know about each of the characters this time around - less so Athos and d'Artagnan perhaps, but definitely Porthos and Aramis.

Finally, here are the photos from the last couple of weeks. Porthos seems to be enjoying getting all muddy, and Constance too is hinting at becoming 'dirty' herself in one snap, perhaps she needs to take a bathe in the lake from the location of Tamla's other photo here. d'Artagnan is on set with some bears and appears to have hurt himself in the group shot. Athos is getting chummy with Milady - what do you think can be going on there?! And why do you think Aramis is looking so sad, could it be related to the possibility that someone dies in episode 9 as we speculated might happen in our last update?

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC, Luke Pasqualino, Natalie Douglas, Maimie McCoy, Howard Charles and Tamla Kari for the photos

12th October 2014

The cast and crew started filming for the final two episodes this week and it looks like we will have to brace ourselves for some sad news in at least one of those as Jessica tweeted this on Thursday

She was asked if this meant that Athos would be dying and this was her cryptic reply

As you can imagine, this has caused quite a stir in the comments below as we have been speculating what this could mean. We're pretty sure that the main four Musketeers will be safe but have concerns for Treville, Milady, Constance, Marguerite and young Louis XIV. Who do you think it could be, or do you have any other theory as to what the tweets could mean? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

The site is currently running a poll to see which shows to set up dedicated twitter accounts for, and The Musketeers is one of the options. If you click here you will be taken to the page if you would like to vote. It would be helpful to have a twitter account for the show for when Season 2 comes back so that we can spread the word when new clips, previews, photos, etc go live quickly to all the fans. Last season was great fun as we all got together to discuss and speculate on any new information as it came out.

Jessica was asked last week by a fan when Season 2 would be starting, here is her reply

So it appears that we are still looking around February 2015 is my guess, probably after Atlantis finishes its run.

Here are the photos from the last couple of weeks, not as many as last time I'm afraid, but there are couple of nice ones of Rochefort this time round. In one it looks like he is with a priest or Cardinal of some kind, which has made me wonder if he could possibly be working for the Pope, what do you think? In another d'Artagnan's beard is coming on nicely so this must be from the latest episodes, and he doesn't look happy at all, what do you think has upset him?

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC, Howard Charles and Tamla Kari for the photos

28th September 2014

Only 5 and a half weeks left of filming to go Musketeer fans, and it's been a busy couple of weeks on set as the press have visited so we should be expected to see some interviews and reports coming out later this autumn I hope! It seems much of the recent guest cast have finished filming for episodes 7 & 8; Phoebe Dynevor tweeted yesterday that she was on her last day of filming, and sent this intriguing tweet on Thursday:

Here's a round up of all the photos we've been discussing in the comments since the last update. They include a possible dishevelled Rochefort in one of Aramis' photos, Luca standing up for Emma Watson's #HeforShe campaign, Marguerite & Anne looking rather scared/surprised and some BTS shots on set of the cast and some of the press that visited the set a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC, Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, TV Choice, Digital Spy, Catherine Moor, TV Times & TheMusketeers Italia for the photos

14th September 2014

The ever resourceful Scoobie has found out some casting news, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Merlin), Perdita Weeks, Emma Hamilton and Ben Starr have been tweeting that they have joined the crew out in Prague for the current block of filming this past week. Phoebe Dynevor and Amanda Wass have also tweeted that they have been filming too, so it looks like episode 7 or 8 will have a lot of guest stars in!

Maimie confirmed that Season 2 will be returning to BBC 1 in February 2015 while at the TV Choice Awards. My guess is that we are possibly looking at the 15th Feb, Valentine weekend, what do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below :)

Here's a round up of all the videos and photos we've been discussing in the comments since the last update a couple of weeks ago.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Tamla on Vimeo.

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC, Ryan Gage, Tamla Kari, Luke Pasqualino & Howard Charles for the photos

29th August 2014

Here's Luke and Maimie's Ice Bucket videos, and a round up of all this months photos so far.

IMG 6224 from Maimie McCoy on Vimeo.

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC, Luke Pasqualino & Howard Charles for the photos

3rd August 2014

The British Blacklist have announced that Charles Venn (Eastenders, Footballer's Wives, Dream Team) and Chris Ryman (Casualty, Count Arthur Strong) have been cast. Cheers to Scoobie for the heads up. Source

Here's a round up of all the photos since the last update.

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC, Luke Pasqualino & Howard Charles for the photos

18th June 2014

The Geek Syndicate Interview with Adrian Hodges can be found here.

Here is Santiago's World Cup Seat video followed by the latest photos since the last update.

Thanks to Jessica Pope, the BBC & Luke Pasqualino for the photos

14th June 2014

The Press Release about Colin Salmon and Antonia Thomas casting can be found here.

Here's some short videos from the BBC Instagram from the set, followed by a round up of the latest photos since the last update.

Thanks to the BBC and Jessica Pope for the photos

29th May 2014

Two casting updates thanks to Scoobie, firstly Marianne Oldham (The Crimson Field, WPC 56) announced via her twitter account that she would be appearing in Season 2.

Secondly, Colin Salmon (Arrow, 24, Bond, Spooks, Doctor Who....let's face it, the list is practically endless) mentioned he would also be guesting during an interview on ITV's Loose Women.

Any guesses to the roles either of these two could be taking on?

Here's a round up of the latest photos from the last few weeks.

Thanks to the BBC, Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles & Jessica Pope for the photos

7th May 2014
Here's the photos from Jessica & the BBC from the past week

30th April 2014
It looks like King Louis, Milady and D'Artagnan have filmed a scene together which is intriguing. (Scoobie sent an email on this)

Here's some photos of Luke & Howard with some hunting birds from a couple of days ago, I wonder what their characters have been up to?

Thanks to Luke Pasqualino & Howard Charles for the photos

22nd April 2014
It's been confirmed, the Cardinal will not be returning at all next season:

"Come the next series the Cardinal will be dead. He'll just be gone," Tom Burke (who plays Athos) told Radio Times.

We're all like, 'Where's the Cardinal? Oh he's dead'" he continued. "It's a great example of economic storytelling. Their new nemesis will be Rochefort, who's played by Marc Warren."

Thanks to Jessica Pope and Howard Charles for the photos

13th April 2014
Marc Warren has been cast as Rochefort, the main post for this can be found by clicking here

Richard Mulholland has been on set filming this week, looks to be only 3 days.

Charlotte Salt's Agent has confirmed that her character is called 'Marguerite', and she has tweeted that she has been taught how to lace up a corset, maybe her character will be a maid or lady in waiting? (Cheers to Scoobie for the heads up on this information)

After the flurry of photos from day one it's been a relatively quiet week from the set. Below are a collection of photos some of the cast & crew have tweeted, a couple do include a glimpse of costumes. No mourning get up for Louis I notice, and some very posh material for Constance (alongside Tamla's snug boots).

Thanks to Jessica Pope, Ryan Gage, Tamla Kari & the BBC for the photos

7th April 2014
New Cast member Charlotte Salt from Casualty and Bedlam has been confirmed this afternoon

Here's some photos from set today, including a very non-pregnant Anne who could be dressed in mourning black??

Thanks to Jessica Pope and TheMusketeers Italia for the photos

5th April 2014
Some photos from Luke and Howard's Instagram accounts: the first day at boot camp, and a tongue-in-cheek one of the team effort of tackling Howard's hiatus hair growth in make up this weekend! (click on thumbnails)

Some photos from the first read through, which seemed to be of episodes 2.01 & 2.02 only.

Thanks to Jessica Pope and TheMusketeers Italia for the photos

A video from CMS TV which shows some of the cast on boot camp. Many thanks to Maki for finding this for us, and providing the following translation:
They talk about the special horses, sword fighting techniques and localities where they're going to film. They explained how they prepare the horses for gunshots, smoke, etc...and they also had to buy a new horse for Luke because the one he had during the first season was very lively and restless and caused Luke too much trouble :)

They are definitely training hard..the trainer said for example that they have to spend at least 30 minutes on the horseback (for the horses to adjust) before the real training starts.

Concerning the sword training, Roman said that every character has their special personal sword that fits them and at the end of the video he praises the actors: "Their fighting skills really improved since the last season. They aren't 100% perfect, but that can be forgiven since the camera is merciful.":D

The leader of the stuntmen mentioned that there are always some accidents during the training (he didn't give us any specific story, though), but never when they're finally filming.

The filming starts 7th April 2014 and ends at the end of November. That's probably everything they said about the cast and the series at all.

Update - The video has since been removed :(

About the Author - Sandi
Sandi is part of the Senior Staff at SpoilerTV having been a contributor from back in the Lost days of DarkUFO, and who now writes previews for Doctor Who, The Musketeers, Banshee, and other BBC shows. She also enjoys watching and commenting on other shows like Sons of Anarchy, Hannibal, Game of Thrones and Elementary.
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