The Borgias

The Borgias

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Oscar winner Jeremy Irons returns in season three of THE BORGIAS in his Golden Globe nominated role as Pope Alexander. After surviving a near fatal assassination attempt, he responds with an iron will by ruthlessly purging the Vatican of anyone who might be disloyal to him. Alexander’s true master plan is to establish the Papacy as a hereditary monarchy across the heart of Italy – for father and son to rule the world. But he must come to accept that his children are independently ready to wield their own power. Cesare (Francois Arnaud), now the military prince and daring guerrilla fighter, is so eager for action that he comes perilously close to war with his own father’s army. His sister Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) is equally frustrated when her husband, the Neapolitan prince Alfonso, proves to be a disappointment. Feeling desperate to secure a future for herself and her child, she enters the dangerous fray of Neapolitan politics and learns the art of poisoning. As their passions grow, and as mistrust of all others becomes more ingrained, the siblings finally give in to their desires and embark on a passionate incestuous relationship. With both that scandalous secret and the unspoken agonies of Juan’s death lingering between them, the family is riven by paranoia and suspicion. THE BORGIAS is a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production. Academy Award®-winning director and Emmy nominee Neil Jordan serves as creator, executive producer, writer and director of select episodes. Jack Rapke, Darryl Frank, John Weber, Sheila Hockin and James Flynn also serve as executive producers.
  • Rated TVMA Adult Content, Grahic Language, Nudity, Violence
Oscar winner Jeremy Irons returns in season three of THE BORGIAS in his Golden Globe nominated role as Pope Alexander. After surviving a near fatal assassination attempt, he responds with an iron will by ruthlessly purging the Vatican of anyone who might be disloyal to him. Alexander’s true master plan is to establish the Papacy as a hereditary monarchy across the heart of Italy – for father and son to rule the world. But he must come to accept that his children are independently ready to wield their own power. Cesare (Francois Arnaud), now the military prince and daring guerrilla fighter, is so eager for action that he comes perilously close to war with his own father’s army. His sister Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) is equally frustrated when her husband, the Neapolitan prince Alfonso, proves to be a disappointment. Feeling desperate to secure a future for herself and her child, she enters the dangerous fray of Neapolitan politics and learns the art of poisoning. As their passions grow, and as mistrust of all others becomes more ingrained, the siblings finally give in to their desires and embark on a passionate incestuous relationship. With both that scandalous secret and the unspoken agonies of Juan’s death lingering between them, the family is riven by paranoia and suspicion. THE BORGIAS is a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production. Academy Award®-winning director and Emmy nominee Neil Jordan serves as creator, executive producer, writer and director of select episodes. Jack Rapke, Darryl Frank, John Weber, Sheila Hockin and James Flynn also serve as executive producers.
  • Rated TVMA Adult Content, Grahic Language, Nudity, Violence

Season 3 (10 episodes)

  • 1. The Face of Death

    Original air date: 04/14/2013 Runtime: 51:36 min.

    Original air date: 04/14/2013 Runtime: 51:36 min. As Pope Alexande fights for his life after being poisoned, the Cardinals jockey for position to take over the Papacy.

  • 2. The Purge

    Original air date: 04/21/2013 Runtime: 50:21 min.

    Original air date: 04/21/2013 Runtime: 50:21 min. Now fully recovered, Alexander tasks Cardinal Sforza with instigating an “inquisition” among the Cardinals who were politicking against him when his life lay in the balance.

  • 3. Siblings

    Original air date: 04/28/2013 Runtime: 51:09 min.

    Original air date: 04/28/2013 Runtime: 51:09 min. As the purged Cardinals are dismissed and stripped of their titles and wealth, one of them – Cardinal Versucci – angrily sets the Vatican Treasury ablaze after stealing a large sum.

  • 4. The Banquet of Chestnuts

    Original air date: 05/05/2013 Runtime: 50:53 min.

    Original air date: 05/05/2013 Runtime: 50:53 min. Newly appointed Cardinal Farnese – promoted at the request of his sister Giulia – is placed in the Treasury and quickly discovers Versucci’s theft.

  • 5. The Wolf and the Lamb

    Original air date: 05/12/2013 Runtime: 50:19 min.

    Original air date: 05/12/2013 Runtime: 50:19 min. Cesare’s diplomatic mission to France is a success: guided through the complexities of the French court by his old advisor Machiavelli; Cesare makes an ally of Archbishop d’Amboise.

  • 6. Relics

    Original air date: 05/19/2013 Runtime: 48:14 min.

    Original air date: 05/19/2013 Runtime: 48:14 min. 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.

  • 7. Lucrezia's Gambit

    Original air date: 05/26/2013 Runtime: 48:19 min.

    Original air date: 05/26/2013 Runtime: 48:19 min. 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.

  • 8. Tears of Blood

    Original air date: 06/02/2013 Runtime: 53:06 min.

    Original air date: 06/02/2013 Runtime: 53:06 min. Catherina Sforza has a plan to frustrate Alexander’s lucrative festival. Meanwhile, Lucrezia senses a change in newly crowned Frederigo, and realizes that she is under constant watch from the royal guard.

  • 9. The Gunpowder Plot

    Original air date: 06/09/2013 Runtime: 46:05 min.

    Original air date: 06/09/2013 Runtime: 46:05 min. 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, only to learn she has already escaped her captors.

  • 10. The Prince

    Original air date: 06/16/2013 Runtime: 55:27 min.

    Original air date: 06/16/2013 Runtime: 55:27 min. 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.