All due respect to the free-flowing hairstyles synonymous with Louis XIV’s France (and they’re due a great deal of respect), but there’s a lot more going on in this luscious period piece than luscious locks. We also get hefty servings of war, duty, destiny, loyalty, love, lust, political intrigue, and some of the best ominous staring ever put on the small screen.
Ominous stares can suggest anything from hidden agendas to fiendish thoughts to a substantial need to use the lavatory post-haste. Here is but a mere sample of our favourite moments of intense staring in Versailles...
Louis XIV aka the Sun King aka King of the ambiguous afterthought
Philippe’s signature "if you weren’t the king I’d put you in your place" face
Bontemps and his well-weathered mug forever chewing over things from all angles
Chevalier de Lorraine’s stare says, “Yes, in all likelihood I’m up to something, but chances are so are you”
Montcourt often pushes the ominous envelope until we wonder whether or not he’s parachuted too much MDMA
An entire universe of unspoken thoughts behind the Queen’s eyes… most of which concern her dwarf lover
Madame de Clermont shows us there’s nothing quite as petrifying as a mother with wedding plans for her daughter
Fabien Marchal, chief of police, boss of Parisian cool, and lord of the inscrutable facial expression
Most in Versailles express the ominous through a narrowing of the eyes. The good doctor opts for wider eyes – struck by, rather than nursing thoughts
An epic example of side-eye from Colbert
Watch Versailles each week from Thursday, 25 August at 9.30pm (AEST) on SBS.
After they air, all episodes will be available on SBS On Demand.
Catch a sneak peek of the first episode right here: