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‘The Romanoffs’ Star Amanda Peet on the ‘Wish Fulfillment, Fantasy’ in That Fake-Out Ending

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “The Romanoffs” Episode 104, “Expectation”)

Welp, “The Romanoffs” got us again.

Toward the end of “Expectation,” the fourth episode of Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon anthology series, Amanda Peet’s character, Julia, reveals her long-kept secret to her beloved husband, Eric (played Jon Tenney): his adult daughter, Ella, (now expecting her own baby) is not actually his child, but his best friend Daniel’s (played by John Slattery).

He accepts it, telling her he loves her and has known for years and he loves Ella and everything is fine.

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Except that was all just a fantasy Julia made up in her head, and she went on with her normal life, heading to dinner with Eric and her daughter’s in-laws while they await the birth of their first grandchild.

Now, if you were fooled by that dream sequence, don’t be ashamed. “The Romanoffs” has already been packed with plenty of twists and turns and star Peet told TheWrap in an interview last week this one was no different. In fact, she thinks it wasn’t really obvious at all.

“I think it works as a fake-out,” Peet said. “I don’t think it’s so obvious, so you don’t question it. If it were completely obvious then it wouldn’t work as a fake-out. I think it’s just this lovely wish fulfillment, fantasy she has.”

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But that isn’t where the episode ends, as while at dinner with her son-in-law’s parents, she collapses from the pain she’s been struggling with the whole day and we learn what the problem has been: gallstones. She lands herself in the hospital, needing to stay overnight so she can have surgery. Eric and Ella are there to make sure she gets the care she needs, though Eric leaves to grab some things so he can be at her side.

And that’s when we find out that, though Julia may have been unable to reveal her secret to Eric, she can now share it with her daughter, as Ella reaches for her mother’s phone so she can call Daniel — who Julia is obviously still in love with.

Peet is a big fan of this ending — the real one.

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“I think it’s really beautiful,” Peet said. “I think the moment that a child sees their parent as a real human being, and flawed is really difficult to capture. And I wonder if it often happens around a grandchild’s birth. Becoming a mother yourself makes you rethink your perspective on your own mother.”

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“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner’s eight-episode Amazon series “The Romanoffs” dives into the psyche of troubled souls who believe they’re descendants of the Russian royal family. But who was this tragic family, and why is their story carved so deeply into time?

Here’s a history lesson:

Most people have heard of the House of Romanov (aka Romanoff) — the second dynasty to rule Russia – and maybe even its last Czar, Nikolas II, his wife Alexandra and the fourth of their five children, Anastasia, thanks to the 1997 Disney animated film. But it’s their own gruesome deaths for which they are most famous.

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Nicholas II, Alexandra and their five heirs
Although the Romanov reign began in 1613, it was “the last Czar” Nicholas II and his family, in the early 1900s, who have drawn the most intrigue because of the building of political resistance that led to the Russian revolution in 1917. Nicholas was something of an enigma: He was a kind man but adhered to the responsibilities of his royal lineage. The result was a tone-deafness in the stark contrast between his lifestyle and the growing poverty of his people.

His relationship with his wife, Alexandra (who was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria) was sweet and romantic and celebrated with the frequent exchange of love notes. Their four daughters — Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia — were beautiful, well-learned and, like their little brother Alexei, respectful of not only their elders but also of their many servants. They were a tight-knit family.

Olga was compassionate, strong-willed, but also brutally honest; Tatiana, a born leader; Maria, a flirt; and Anastasia, the vivacious clown. Alexei, the doted upon baby of the family, was born with hemophilia, which, in a round-about way, led to the murder of the family and the end of Romanov rule.

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Rasputin… the mystic monk that would not die
Gregori Rasputin, who was described as a mystic holy man, first entered the royal family’s life in 1907, when he said he had a cure for Alexei’s life-threatening condition. Rasputin’s reputation was not a chaste one. Even though Alexandra had been warned by police of his drinking, womanizing and exposing himself in public, she chalked it up to gossip. When Alexei recovered from crushing pain after Rasputin’s blessing in 1912, Alexandra increasingly turned to him for hope.

Rasputin had Alexandra’s ear. Whether or not he actually believed he was a prophet with mystical powers, he frequently interfered in political matters and frequently exaggerated his influence over Nicholas and Alexandra. In 1916, a plan was laid out to murder him.

Tea and cakes laced with cyanide, then poisoned wine, and then a gunshot to the chest. Each time, Rasputin survived. When his assassins caught up with him in the palace’s courtyard after the three failed attempts, they shot him again, then wrapped him in cloth and threw him into the icy Malaya Nevka River.

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The Revolution… and execution
World War I had led to 50 percent of men taken from their homes and put on the firing lines, causing farm production to drop and therefore food prices to sour. The people of Russia had enough and fought to bring an end to the Tsarist autocracy. They took to the streets. The Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin stormed the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, ending in several hundred wounded and more than 100 killed.

In March 1917, Nicholas II abdicated. He, his wife, their children, a doctor and several servants were imprisoned in the home of a military engineer. Still, they remained hopeful that help was on its way. It was not. In the middle of the night on July 17, 1918, they were ordered to get dressed and told they were being moved to the basement for their protection. Executioners entered the room and fired.

Nikolas was the first to die. His four daughters survived the first round of shots because they had sewn diamonds and jewels into their clothing. Bullets to the head was reported to have then killed them.

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The legend lives on
In the years that followed, talk of Anastasia’s escape and survival began to circulate, with upwards of a dozen women claiming to be her. From 1938 to 1970, the most famous of those women, Anna Anderson, tried to stake claim in court to the family bloodline. A DNA test after her death ended that myth.

Eighty-two years after their assassination, the Romanovs were recognized as saints by the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Matthew Weiner on Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘I Really Don’t Remember Saying It’

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“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner said he doesn’t remember telling one of his staff writers — with whom he shares an Emmy — that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.

Last November, Kater Gordon said that’s what he told her one night when they were working late on the show.

“I really don’t remember saying that,” he told Vanity Fair in a recent profile. “I’m not hedging to say it’s not impossible that I said that, but I really don’t remember saying it.”

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The Vanity Fair writer followed-up a few days later, asking Weiner to clarify what he meant. After saying he didn’t remember using the word “hedging” in his initial answer — which the writer said she double-checked — Weiner said, “I can’t see a scenario where I would say that,” referring to Gordon’s accusation.

“What I can see is, it was 10 years ago and I don’t remember saying it. When someone says you said something, like the experience we just had right now — I don’t remember saying that.” He added: “I never felt that way and I never acted that way towards Kater.”

Vanity Fair followed-up with Gordon, too, who said, “That was not an isolated incident, but it was the most affecting.”

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“Bullies with unchecked power create environments of fear,” said Gordon, who has since created the nonprofit Modern Alliance, which fights sexual harassment.

After Gordon came forward, consulting producer Marti Noxon voiced her support.

“I believe her. I was at work with her the day after what she described transpired. I remember clearly how shaken and subdued Kater was — and continued to be from that day on,” Noxon said in several tweets.

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Weiner said in the Vanity Fair piece that Noxon’s tweets made him rethink some of his actions as a boss. “What you don’t realize . . . I think this goes with all of it,” he said. “It goes with sexist language, it goes with jokes, it goes with everything about what I believe I have examined in my own behavior — is just that you don’t know that you have any power.”

At the time of Gordon’s accusation, Weiner denied it through a spokesperson, who suggested the comment may have come as he was workshopping dialogue.

“It felt like a lose-lose situation,” Gordon said in her interview with The Information. “I thought. ‘I can’t do anything to jeopardize.’ I need this credit. I saw no value to speaking out. So I did what I thought women were supposed to do.”

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‘The Romanoffs’ Trailer: These (Maybe) Russian Royals Are ‘Proud’ (Video)

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“More royal, more problems,” seems to be the motto the characters at the center of Matthew Weiner’s “The Romanoffs” are living by.

In the latest trailer for the upcoming Amazon Prime anthology series, a slew of people believe themselves to be descendants of the famous Russian royal family — including Diane Lane, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, and Kathryn Hahn. And these souls find themselves in the middle of (possibly self-inflicted) drama due to their lineage.

“Michael, there are so many people out there with your background and I guess they’re proud, but they’re really f—ed up,” one character says to another in a voiceover. Another (possible) Romanoff laments: “Boy, you’d think that royal blood dilutes over time, but the poison survives.”

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From the creator of “Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Noah Wyle, Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Hendricks, Slattery, Peet, Jack Huston, Hahn, Paul Reiser and Andrew Rannells.

The series is written and executive produced by Weiner and “Mad Men” alum Semi Chellas. Co-executive producers include Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”) and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”). Also joining the series from the old “Mad Men” team are Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, who will act as consulting producers and writers.

See first look photos and the full episode lineup here.

Watch the trailer above.

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If we (and we do mean the royal we) weren’t excited for “The Romanoffs” before, we certainly are now, as Amazon has released a batch of first look photos and the Season 1 episode lineup for Matthew Weiner’s new anthology series.

The shot at the top of the page and the first one below are from Episode 102 (‘The Royal We”), which will star Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle. That story centers around a married couple in a rut, faced with their own temptations.

The following two shots are from the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inès Melab and Louise Bourgoin. Here’s Amazon’s description for that one: Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.

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From the creator of “Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. It stars Eckhart, Wyle, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Paul Reiser and Andrew Rannells.

The streamer announced “The Romanoffs” would debut this fall during the Television Critics Association press tour last month. The news came as a bit of a shock, as Amazon hasn’t said a word about the long-gestating project for months, following accusations of sexual misconduct posed against the “Mad Men” creator last fall by a writer who worked on the AMC series. Weiner has denied those accusations.

The series is written and executive produced by Weiner and “Mad Men” alum Semi Chellas. Co-executive producers include Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”) and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”). Also joining the series from the old “Mad Men” team are Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, who will act as consulting producers and writers.

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Along with its A-list core cast, Amazon revealed a huge lineup of guest stars will drop by this season, including: Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), Kerry Bishé (“Halt & Catch Fire”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”), Ben Miles (“Collateral”), Mary Kay Place (“Big Love”), Griffin Dunne (“Imposters”), Cara Buono (“Mad Men”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”), Jon Tenney (“Hand of God”), Clea DuVall (“Veep”), Radha Mitchell (“Silent Hill”), Hugh Skinner (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”), Juan Pablo Castañeda (“The Debt of Maximillian”), Emily Rudd (“Electric Dreams”), Adèle Anderson (“Company Business”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Louise Bourgoin (“I Am a Soldier”), Hera Hilmar (“Two Birds”) and Inès Melab (“Agathe Koltès”).

See more first look photos and the full episode lineup below.

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“The Violet Hour” — Premieres on Friday, October 12

Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inès Melab and Louise Bourgoin in “The Violet Hour.”

“The Royal We” — Premieres on Friday, October 12

With their marriage in a rut, a couple finds their own temptations.

Starring Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle in “The Royal We.”

“House of Special Purpose” – Premieres on Friday, October 19

A movie star and a director go head to head in a battle over what is real.

Starring Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Mike Doyle and Paul Reiser in “House of Special Purpose.”

“Expectation” – Premieres on Friday, October 26

Over a single day in New York City a woman is confronted with every lie she ever told.

Starring Amanda Peet, John Slattery, Emily Rudd, Jon Tenney, Mary Kay Place, and Michael O’Neill in “Expectation.”

“Bright and High Circle” – Premieres on Friday, November 2

A trusted friend under suspicion tests the loyalties of a tightly-knit community.

Starring Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, Andrew Rannells, Cara Buono and Nicole Ari Parker in “Bright and High Circle.”

“Panorama” – Premieres on Friday, November 9

In Mexico City, an idealistic reporter falls in love with his mysterious subject.

Starring Juan Pablo Castañeda, Radha Mitchell and Griffin Dunne in “Panorama.”

“End of the Line” – Premieres on Friday, November 16

On a trip abroad to pursue their legacy, a couple faces destruction.

Starring Kathryn Hahn, Jay R. Ferguson, Annet Mahendru and Clea Duvall in “End of the Line.”

“The One That Holds Everything” – Premieres on Friday, November 23

In a story that circles the globe, a man tries to escape a family curse.

Starring Hugh Skinner, Adèle Anderson, Hera Hilmar, Ben Miles and JJ Feild in “The One That Holds Everything.”

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