The Borgias 3 Seasons 2013

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Alexander and Cesare are reconciled at last, and the Pope reveals that the Papal Armies have been strengthened and re-equipped with the money saved from the Crusade and the proceeds of the Jubilee. Now, the Borgias are ready to move against their enemies the Sforzas and are ready to take their first step towards their ultimate goal: to carve out a hereditary kingdom across the heart of Italy. Cesare marches his fearsome army to lay siege to Catherina Sforza's castle at Forli. Catherina is determined to resist despite the artillery bombardment and the danger of starvation in the bitter winter. Micheletto (Sean Harris) reappears from the shadows - his broken heart will not yet let him return to Cesare's service, but he does advise Cesare of weak spots in Forli's defences. Back in Rome, Cesare finds that Alfonso (Sebastian De Souza) has become even more aggressive and Cesare plans to murder him. But circumstances become deadly when a scuffle breas out between Cesare and a drunk Alfonso. The doctor reports that Alfonso will certainly die, slowly and painfully over several days. Devastated, Lucrezia turns to her potions to end his life painlessly with Cesare vowing that now she will be his for good.

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud
Runtime:
56 minutes
Original air date:
June 16, 2013

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The Prince

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    1. The Face of Death As Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons) fights for his life after being poisoned, the Cardinals jockey for position to take over the Papacy. Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and Micheletto (Sean Harris) trace the assassination plot back to its source, but Della Rovere (Colm Feore) is ready to make his move -- and his is not the only conspiracy. Catherina Sforza (Gina McKee) has dispatched her own personal assassin Rufio (Thure Lindhart) to dethrone the Borgia family. However, thanks to Lucrezia's quick thinking (Holliday Grainger), the family's grip on power may not be lost.

    TV-MA 52min April 14, 2013
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    2. The Purge Now fully recovered, Alexander tasks Cardinal Sforza (Peter Sullivan) with instigating an "inquisition" among the Cardinals who were politicking against him when his life lay in the balance. With the "evidence" he needs, Alexander dismisses and banishes all the Cardinals he does not trust. But one of them - Cardinal Orsini (David Dencik) - does not leave quietly, forcing Alexander to handle it with his bare hands. Meanwhile, Catherina Sforza (Gina McKee) orders Rufio (Thure Lindhart) to seek support from the mercenary warlords of the Romagna families - Orsini, Vitelli and Colonna. Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) is annoyed that her in-laws to be - the royal family of Naples - will not welcome her son Giovanni at court; plus she is realizing her feelings for Cesare (Francois Arnaud) are becoming more than sexual than sisterly.

    TV-MA 51min April 21, 2013
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    3. Siblings As the purged Cardinals are dismissed and stripped of their titles and wealth, one of them - Cardinal Versucci (Vernon Dobtcheff) - angrily sets the Vatican Treasury ablaze after stealing a large sum. Incensed by the new King Ferdinand's (Matias Varela) arrogant refusal to accept Giovanni as Lucrezia's (Holliday Grainger) child, Cesare (Francois Arnaud) travels to Naples to fix the problem. Later, Cesare begins to consider an alliance with the old enemy France while Alexander doggedly sticks to his plan of allying with Naples, and therefore, Spain. After Lucrezia & Alfonso's wedding, Alfonso (Sebastian De Souza) realizes that the political sands are shifting - and not in his favour. Upset, he leaves Lucrezia alone on her wedding night, driving her into the arms of her own brother at last.

    TV-MA 52min April 28, 2013
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    4. The Banquet of Chestnuts Newly appointed Cardinal Farnese (Cyron Melville) - promoted at the request of his sister Giulia (Lotte Verbeek) - is placed in the Treasury and quickly discovers Versucci's theft. Micheletto (Sean Harris) is sent to find the wayward Cardinal. Meanwhile, upon hearing of Venice's request for help against Turkish pirates, Alexander (Jeremy Irons), seeing this as an opportunity to replenish the coffers, dramatically calls for a Crusade. Concerned about the loyalty of his new Cardinals, Giulia arranges an orgy for them - the "banquet of chestnuts" - but it is a trap and details of the Cardinals' sexual activities are recorded to extort their future loyalty. Elsewhere, King Ferdinand (Matias Varela) learns that Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) and Alfonso's (Sebastian De Souza) marriage has not been consummated and demands a public display of their love-making. Lucrezia is humiliated, but the experience seems to increase the incestuous attraction between her and her brother.

    TV-MA 51min May 5, 2013
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    5. The Wolf and the Lamb Cesare's (Francois Arnaud) diplomatic mission to France is a success: guided through the complexities of the French court by his old advisor Machiavelli (Julian Bleach), Cesare makes an ally of Archbishop d'Amboise, a noble wife - Charlotte d'Albert - as well as a pledge of a military alliance against Milan and the Borgias' enemies. Back in Rome, the seductive and dangerously insane Bianca (Melia Kreiling) takes her own life, prompting Alexander and Cardinal Sforza (Peter Sullivan) to conspire to repay Gonzaga's cruel plot. Lucrezia travels to Naples accompanied by her husband, with Micheletto offering protection. King Ferdinand (Matias Varela) remains steadfast in his determination that little Giovanni will not be recognised at court. Upon learning this, Lucrezia plots against him with a recipe of poisonous mushrooms, but Micheletto will handle the matter on his own.

    TV-MA 51min May 12, 2013
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    6. Relics When Cesare lands in northern Italy with a French army, Alexander is furious at what he sees as a challenge to his authority, but reluctantly accedes to Cesare's plan to destroy the Sforza dynasty, starting with Ludovico, Duke of Milan. Catherina (Gina McKee), meanwhile, has come up with a plot of her own: biological warfare. With the help of Rufio (Thure Lindhart) she sends a plague-infected cloth, wrapped around a false message of peace, to Alexander. Cesare orders it destroyed unopened, but ambitious new Cardinal Constanzo disobeys and keeps the message for his own purposes, and soon, his household is in the grip of the plague. Concerned about the lack of funds for his Crusade, Alexander imposes punitive taxes on the newly arrived Jewish community. However one clever member of the community, Mattai (Brendan Cowell) claims to be able to procure a holy relic, the long lost Spear of Longinus. Cardinals Farnese and Petrucci vie to provide the Pope with the "real" relic, but Mattai gains the Pope's respect and an unlikely alliance is born.

    TV-MA 49min May 19, 2013
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    7. Lucrezia's Gambit Cesare burns Constanzo's palace - and the Cardinal with it - in order to contain the plague, while Micheletto is love struck with the beautiful young Pascal. Lucrezia, aware that the political wind has changed towards France and away from Naples, seeks a Neapolitan power base for herself and her family. There are two candidates to replace Ferdinand as King: arrogant and hostile Prince Raphael and kind and friendly Prince Frederigo. When Frederigo is apparently poisoned and almost dies, Lucrezia finds "evidence" of Raphael's guilt and blackmails Raphael into giving up his claim. Her ally, Frederigo, is crowned King. But has she made the right choice?

    TV-MA 49min May 26, 2013
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    8. Tears of Blood Pilgrims are flooding to Rome for the Jubilee year celebrations, and the Spear of Longinus is the centerpiece of the show. However Catherina Sforza has a plan to frustrate Alexander's lucrative festival. Across the sea in Kefalonia, the Turkish fleet is destroyed by Mattai's (Brendan Cowell) Jewish contacts - Alexander shows his gratitude with a Bull exempting the community from taxes. Meanwhile, Lucrezia senses a change in newly crowned Frederigo, and realizes that she is under constant watch from the royal guard. The Borgias have walked into a trap: Lucrezia learns that Frederigo faked his near death to get Raphael out of the way, while at the same time in Rome, Cesare and Micheletto discover that the latter's lover Pascal is a spy working for Rufio (Thure Lindhart), reporting to a conspiracy of Catherina Sforza and King Frederigo of Naples. Lucrezia is not an honored princess in Naples, she is a hostage against any military moves against the Sforza family.

    TV-MA 54min June 2, 2013
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    9. The Gunpowder Plot Devastated by his betrayal by Pascal, Micheletto kills his lover and subsequently disappears. Devastated by the loss of his loyal lieutenant, Cesare races to Naples to rescue Lucrezia, but she has already escaped her captors - with the aid of a sleeping potion. Brother and sister are reunited on the road back to Rome, and are so overjoyed to see one another that Alfonso (Sebastian De Souza) begins to suspect that their relationship seems more than that of ordinary siblings. Back in Rome, Alfonso becomes sullen and almost abusive, drinking heavily. Alexander, meanwhile, has come up with another plan with his friend Mattai (Brendan Cowell): they scheme to corner the market in Italian sulphur, thus denying anyone else the ability to manufacture gunpowder. Still, Alexander does not trust Cesare, who quickly uncovers his father's plot, but it is Mattai who persuades father and son to reconcile.

    TV-MA 47min June 9, 2013
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    10. The Prince Alexander and Cesare are reconciled at last, and the Pope reveals that the Papal Armies have been strengthened and re-equipped with the money saved from the Crusade and the proceeds of the Jubilee. Now, the Borgias are ready to move against their enemies the Sforzas and are ready to take their first step towards their ultimate goal: to carve out a hereditary kingdom across the heart of Italy. Cesare marches his fearsome army to lay siege to Catherina Sforza's castle at Forli. Catherina is determined to resist despite the artillery bombardment and the danger of starvation in the bitter winter. Micheletto (Sean Harris) reappears from the shadows - his broken heart will not yet let him return to Cesare's service, but he does advise Cesare of weak spots in Forli's defences. Back in Rome, Cesare finds that Alfonso (Sebastian De Souza) has become even more aggressive and Cesare plans to murder him. But circumstances become deadly when a scuffle breas out between Cesare and a drunk Alfonso. The doctor reports that Alfonso will certainly die, slowly and painfully over several days. Devastated, Lucrezia turns to her potions to end his life painlessly with Cesare vowing that now she will be his for good.

    TV-MA 56min June 16, 2013

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Neil Jordan
Starring Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud
Supporting actors Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Sean Harris, Thure Lindhardt, Julian Bleach, Gina McKee, Peter Sullivan, Sebastian De Souza, Prometheus Aleifer, Pilou Asbæk, Cyron Melville, Abraham Belaga, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Jamie Beamish, James Robinson, Alex Mugnaioni, Gyula Mesterházy, Simon Gregor
Season year 2013
Network Showtime
Executive Producer James Flynn
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Miss Regina A on June 18, 2013
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A must have if you like historical dramas! This show has everything, except a channel to keep airing it on! So disgusted with Showtime for cancelling this series. It was magnificent! Join our fan campaign to bring about a season 4! We want more! We want our ending, and the finale was not IT! facebook.com/bringbacktheborgias! And sign our petition!!!!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By innocencebereft on June 10, 2013
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The third season of The Borgias has concluded on Showtime and what a ride it has been!

The Spaniard pope, Rodrigo Borgia, is reeling from the revelation that his eldest child, Cesare, is responsible for the murder of his beloved son, Juan (Cesare confesses during the second season finale!). A rift is formed between the Borgia patriarch and his heir, leading Cesare to seek advancement through defiance, intrigue, and warfare. Rodrigo is, reasonably, fearful of Cesare's actions, but he finds himself dependent on his son's cunning stratagem to create a Borgia empire. Meanwhile, Lucrezia Borgia finds herself married to a naive, young prince from Naples who offers very little aid when she deals with his troublesome relatives who look down on her bastard Borgia (aka Spanish) lineage and illegitimate son. If that's not enough, Cesare and Lucrezia are on the cusp of finally consummating their unspoken sexual attraction. Is incest a taboo even a Borgia would refuse to commit?

This season simply left me breathless!

The scenery, the props, the costumes, the cinematography, the direction, the acting are all sumptuously (yes, sumptuously in the most decadent, delicious way) and expertly handled. Very few television shows give their audience such a cinematic viewing. Taking in an episode of The Borgias is a heady experience that leaves me craving the next installment. This season is must have for any TV lover!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on June 11, 2013
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Francois is great in the Borgias. I am part of Bring Back the Borgias group and we have a page on Facebook. If you wish to help us get our 4th season then visit our page!!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chazermann26 on May 28, 2013
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This is in my humble opinion one of the finest SHOWTIME series ever made! If you like intrigue, spying, lust, murder & down right nastiness! How true to history this series is I don't know but what I do know its acting is superb, scripts keeps the viewers interest! This show makes you want to come back for more! Also see seasons one & two this show just gets better & better as it goes!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Hynes on July 10, 2013
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The Borgias is IMO the best TV Show ever produced. It has everything. Best writing, beautiful costumes, makeup and hair, scenery, lighting, music and choir and not to forget a fantastic group of amazing actors to carry it off. Jeremy Irons (Rodrigo Borgia - patriarch) who becomes Pope Alexander V1, Francois Arnaud as his highly intelligent and ambitious son Cesare Borgia, Holiday Grainger, his beautiful and savvy daughter Lucrezia, Sean Harris as the loyal and dangerous Michelletto, Cesare's bodyguard and friend, Joanne Whalley as Vanozza dei Cattenei, Rodrigo's ex mistress and mother of the children, and Lotte Verbeek as Julia Farnese, Rodrigo's younger mistress, David Oakes as Juan Borgia in S1 and S2 but not in S3. These group of outstanding actors are the glue that holds together the fabric of the storyline from 1492 to about 1501 - ably assisted by Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Sforza and Gina McKee as Caterina Sforza, the Borgia's enemy and Colm Feore as Guiliano della Rovere the Borgias arch nemesis. Not to forget Julian Bleach's marvellous portrayal of Niccholo Machiavelli and Simon MacBurney's Johann Burchardt.

Neil Jordan has brilliantly plotted a storyline close to actual history in the telling of The Borgias. There is never a dull moment, the scenes build beautifully and the editing is superb. Action scenes with Renaissance weaponry is amazing as are the scenery and props. Direction in Season 3 has been a lot tighter too and all the threads are well linked between episodes.

The Borgias is a visual feast, providing passion, plotting, curruption, ambition and politics all wrapped up in the marvellous package of Neil Jordan's visionary expose of Renaissance Italy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Reilly Cain on August 11, 2013
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A continuation of the Borgias' story and in the end all you want is Cesera and Lucretia (Not sure if I spelt that right) to end up together, regardless of the blood relationship "issue." Remember it's the 1500s and that wasn't such a foreign thing, hence, the "crazy" monarchs. I would have loved a more endearing ending, with more romance but still a great series, sorry to see it end. Hollywood make more historical fiction films. :)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Phillips on June 25, 2013
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I'm ready for The Borgias:The Third Season but make sure you look at the number of discs, the amount of time, what extras you get IF they ever do a Directors cut so you don't just get a similar product. I've bought both the regular version of The Borgias Season 2 and the Directors Cut Season 2 thinking that there would be extra footage that didn't make it into the 56 minute format on Showtime. The regular Season 2 actually has 4 minutes more than the Directors cut. Go figure.

Let's talk about Season 3 of the Borgias: Without direct spoilers but to let you know what's coming in this season You'll get to see the Pope alive after S2's cliffhanger and how he manages to clear out the sneaky betrayers, Lucrezia's wedding to Alfonso and the aftermath, Micheletto helping everyone but himself, Cesare gaining an army and a wife, Lucrezia manipulating situations without the cunning to see 2 steps ahead in the Chessboard game of life, Cesare and Father having an all out confrontation about past and future actions, Alfonso (from S2) a pawn of just about everyone, Guilia saying goodbye to one and hello to another, the close bond between Rodrigo and Vanozza, the dangerous ego of Rodrigo/Pope Alexander VI w/plans for his family, the dark dance of Lucrezia's desire fulfilled, Catarina Sforza - the Tigress of Forli make pointed appearances, what "happened" to the Hebrews during the time of Alexander's rule of Rome, Cesare taking command of one thing he's always wanted but hesitant, still, until the very end, about taking it all.

There is something about each episode in season 3 that stands out but episode 10 with Lucrezia's opening soliloquy only to end as it does w/an almost ecstasy arch of her neck as she's next to certain characters leaves us all wanting more.
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