THE Great viewers have ‘switched off’ as they rage the extreme violence against women in the period drama has gone too far.
The Channel 4 drama stars Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great, who marries the Emperor of Russia, Peter (Nicholas Hoult).
The Great viewers have switched off over the amount of violent scenes against women
However, she quickly realises it isn’t all its cracked up to be, as her husband is a horrible human being.
Not only does he joke about punching her, but also about murdering her, saying: “I could kill her and start again. Why is no one excited by this idea?”
At another point he also reminisced about punching his wife and his own mother, adding: “Some enjoy that.”
He also asked Catherine to forget the beating he gave her, telling her: “I think you have come in here with a very romantic idea of me, marriage and life.
Elle Fanning plays Catherine the Great in the Channel 4 period drama Credit: 2020 Hulu
Nicholas Hoult plays the Emperor of Russia and is a violent, horrible man
One scene sees Catherine’s maid beaten on the ground with sticks Credit: Channel 4
“A little naive I guess. Not a criticism, it’s actually a lovely attitude.”
Meanwhile, Catherine’s maid Muriel was beaten and thrown on the floor and whipped with sticks in another shocking scene.
It all became too much for some viewers, with one writing on Twitter: “Again, struggling with the violence against women in #TheGreat.”
Another tweeted: “Domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, attempted suicide – characters may be dressed in 18th frocks but those experiences are still viscerally relatable and triggering for some people #TheGreat.”
Such scenes have made some viewers switch off Credit: Channel 4
Meanwhile a third added: “Guessed it would be that way, that’s why not watching…”
A fourth shared: ““I was wrong to say that the violence in #TheGreat was subdued.”
The Great continues on Sunday, January 24 at 9pm on Channel 4.