‘The Gilded Age’ season 2 trailer: Battle lines are drawn [WATCH]

For a series stuffed to the gills with Tony Award-winning actors, it makes perfect sense that the second season of “The Gilded Age” would find its ensemble embroiled in a plot over dueling opera houses. As Carrie Coon’s social climber Bertha Russell says at the beginning of the new trailer, “I intend to bring the great city of New York the opera house it deserves.” That development puts her at odds once again with the moneyed old guard of the city, played by Christine Baranski and Donna Murphy. Watch the full season two trailer above.

This eight-episode installment of the HBO series also promises new adventures for its two young heroines. Peggy (Denée Benton) looks to return to living with Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski). Her burgeoning career as a newspaper columnist takes her to cover the opening of a school in Tuskegee, while her mother (Audra McDonald) warns her about the trip to the South. Meanwhile, Agnes’ niece Marian (Louisa Jacobson) lands in another love triangle, putting her at loggerheads with Agnes, who calls her “selfish” and warns, “Have you forgotten that you live here at my pleasure?”

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Love abounds in the new season for Ada (Cynthia Nixon) as well, who seems enamored with a new character played by Robert Sean Leonard. But all is fair in love and war, as George Russell (Morgan Spector) once again comes under intense scrutiny for the working conditions in his vast industrial empire as he wonders aloud, “Why must I be the villain in every story?” The trailer offers glimpses of returning players Nathan Lane, Kelli O’Hara, and Patrick Page, as well as another new addition to the cast, Laura Benanti.

“The Gilded Age” season two begins on HBO and Max on Sunday, October 29, moving from its prior Monday night time slot. The first season won an Emmy Award for its period production design.

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