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After three seasons, the TV series focusing on the nefarious Pope Alexander VI and his wild family is being cancelled. The final episode, The Prince, will air this Sunday on Showtime in the US and Bravo in Canada.
Michelotto reunites Giovanni with Lucrezia, Plague ridden rags are sealed in a box and sent to Rome, Rodrigo negotiates with the Jews, and Cesare builds a bastard army all on this week’s episode of The Borgias.
On this week’s episode of The Borgias, Lucrezia tearfully gives up Giovanni to Rodrigo and Vanozza. Forces against the Borgias gather at Forli, Cesare makes friends with the French and Rodrigo invites new scandal into his bed.
‘So the King of Naples is to watch me in bed for the good of the family…the act may be done in a night, but I will have blood for this’ ~ Lucrezia
Negotiations, marriage, deadly plots and forbidden love are all par for the course this week. It seems nobody can have a normal day in the Borgia household.
This week, Rodrigo has lost faith in everything, including God. He finally realizes he’s surrounded by a nest of vipers and his family is in danger.
Plots thicken and intrigue is flying left and right at the Borgia family. It was a non-stop action episode that had you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It was definitely an excellent start to what’s looking to be an exciting season!
Upon Rodrigo Borgia’s ascension to the papacy in 1492 and assumption of the name Alexander VI, the masses of Rome who watched his parade and celebration with hopeful eyes welcomed him eagerly, despite his wild ways and indiscretions as a cardinal.
‘With my last strength I damn this unholy Pope!’ ~ Savonarola
On this week’s second to last episode of The Borgias, Lucrezia loses both her suitors, Juan falls deeper into opium addiction while the three amigos, Machiavelli, Cesare and Micheletto bring Savonarola to justice in Rome.
As we inch closer to the end of the season, things heat up between the Borgia brothers once more in this episode entitled, ‘Truth and Lies’ , which centres around Juan’s ‘version’ of the truth at Forli.
Another action packed week of the Borgias begins with Juan’s ‘triumphant’ return to Rome.
‘Trust me, my name is Borgia’ ~ Cesare Borgia
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Review of ‘Stray Dogs’, episode 4 of Season 2 of The Borgias
This week, on The Borgias, Lucrezia grows up and takes vengeance on Juan for his involvement in Paolo’s murder.
Review of Season 2, Episode 2: Paolo from The Borgias
‘Vengeance shall be ours! We are family, we are ONE! We will only triumph as one!’ ~ Rodrigo Borgia
Billed as the ‘world’s first crime family’ the Borgias second season begins airing tonight on Showtime in the United States and Bravo in Canada.
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