Tut remounts the throne, but its rocks dangerously as the Mitanni alliance is likely to conquer Egypt, weakened by the plague. His sister-wife lost their heir, his half-blood queen is found among the burnt quarter victims. When the Mitanni crown prince arrives to demand half the kingdom as price for peace and the remainder, the Pharaoh ponders his desperate situation, surprisingly declines and stuns everybody by offering the hungry Mittanni alliance supplies instead, starting with a hundred carts. Only the inner circle learns that's a cover for an attack on the Mitanni capital, with an expeditionary army on his trail. Meanwhile court intrigues continue, involving the traitor queen, the vizier and his son and a rebelling by the Amun high priest's clergy army against Tut's plan to rekindle his father's single deity cult is suppressed.
Did You Know?
Near the end, the king says that he had not accomplished much and that he would be forgotten. At one point earlier he referred to a minor tomb that was being prepared for some nobleman. Due to the sudden and unexpected death of the king, it was in that tomb that he was placed.
He was not an important king in any way. After his passing, his name was expunged from all of the public monuments and carvings, as the episode of his father's religious rebellion that affected Tut in his childhood made him and his family line taboo. Despite his insignificance (and in fact because of it) he became the best known of all the kings of Egypt. This is because his tomb, which did not have a grand entrance but rather a series of steps leading down into the ground, was quickly filled in over time and was forgotten.
Although grave robbers had entered not long after his death and made of with many things, the robbery was discovered and the majority of the looted items was tossed into the tomb and hastily resealed and buried. Because of this, hundreds of funerary objects along with a great many of his possessions (even including disassembled chariots and beds) survived to be discovered in the 1920s. Further, as the thieves had not had time to break into the section of the tomb containing the mummy, everything associated with it survived. A half century later, many of these objects, including his famous lifelike gold mask made several world tours, being displayed in many museums in America and Europe. See more
Unlike what is seen earlier in the film, there is no evidence that work had been undertaken for a grand tomb for Tutankhamun. During the forty-day embalming process a tomb for a nobleman was appropriated and decorated, and other funerary items were hastily prepared.
The famous gold mask of the king was modified, with new facial features. When the tomb's discoverer Howard Carter finally worked his way to the sarcophagus and the mask was revealed (more than a year after the tomb had been discovered) he touched one of the ears and discovered that a thin layer of gold leaf covered enlarged holes in the ears where earrings would have been placed if the mummy had been female. It is not known for whom the mask had been originally prepared.
Unlike the large entrance to the tomb as seen in the film, the entrance was little more than a series of carved stone steps leading downward to a door sealed in plaster and hieroglyphs. It was later found to have not been original plaster, as at some point thieves had broken in. With the exception of an unknown number of gold and jeweled items, most of the goods were recovered and tossed into the tomb in random piles of items large and small, and the new seal was applied. See more