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The Borgias 3.09 Sneak Peeks: Alfonso Begins to Suspect Cesare and Lucrezia

Lucrezia's return to Rome from her time in Naples should be a joyous occasion for all involved. Though it was the result of her own decision-making, the Borgia daughter had been held hostage by King Frederigo, used as a pawn to keep Alexander and Cesare from doing any further damage to the Sforza dynasty. It was the most perilous position she had found herself and should things have not turned out her way, the Borgia family could have been severely crippled by losing her, especially so soon after Juan's death. However, on the next episode of The Borgias, Lucrezia has used her knowledge of potions to escape her time as a prisoner and return to her loved ones. But will things be back to normal upon her arrival? READ MORE...

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 8 “Tears of Blood”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 8 “Tears of Blood” airs Sunday, June 2 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime. Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 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 Lindhardt), 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. READ MORE...

The Borgias Season 3: Spoilers for June Episodes

Catherina Sforza has come too far in her quest to take down the Borgia family to turn back now; the extent of her hatred for Alexander and Cesare and the amount of resources and support she was able to amass among the Romagna families have dashed any thoughts of Catherina pulling back and retreating. However, coming up on The Borgias, she's laying the groundwork for a final battle that has implications for not only the Sforzas and the Borgias, but for the whole of Italy and the stability of Europe. Has she prepared enough to be able to take down the papal armies (and all those who fight alongside)? Or will the cause she's dedicated her life to in recent times go unfulfilled? READ MORE...

The Borgias 3.08 Sneak Peeks: Lucrezia Becomes a Prisoner of Naples

Lucrezia Borgia thought she was backing the right brother in Prince Frederigo, the man who showed her kindness and whose reign seemed like it would be most conducive to her interests. With Raphael outright stating that he planned to send Giovanni back to Rome and almost daring her to make a stand against him, warning her about how little power and influence she would have around Naples under his rule, Frederigo seemed the right way to go for the Borgia daughter. His gentler spirit and the attempt on his life helped persuade her to blackmail Raphael into backing down, but on the next episode of The Borgias, Lucrezia finds out just how wrong of a decision she made. READ MORE...

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 7 “Lucrezia’s Gambit”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 7 “Lucrezia’s Gambit” airs Sunday, May 26 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime. Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 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? READ MORE...

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 6 “Relics”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 6 “Relics” airs Sunday, May 19 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime. Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 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 Lindhardt) 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. READ MORE...

'The Borgias' turns Francois Arnaud into a 'vain monster'

The sentence "It's not easy being the pope's son" is one rarely used in modern times. And yet the case remains: It's a challenge.Take, for example, Cesare Borgia (Francois Arnaud) -- young, good-looking, charismatic, just looking for a little bit of love (from his sister), respect (from his weakened pop, the pope) and power (from an army that tends to be fairly fickle). It's enough to drive a man to kill his reckless brother.At least that's how things have shaped up on "The Borgias," airing Sundays on Showtime."I think it's great that you follow this well-intentioned boy -- who is seemingly innocent -- that turns into this vain monster without really realizing it," Arnaud tells Zap2it. "It's not a decision that he makes consciously."This season, after surviving a near-fatal assassination attempt, Pope Alexander VI (Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons), born Rodrigo Borgia, responds with an iron will by ruthlessly purging the Vatican of anyone who might... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/the-borgias-turns-francois-arnaud-into-a-vain-monster.html

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 5 “The Wolf and the Lamb”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 5 “The Wolf and the Lamb” airs Sunday, May 12 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime. Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 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. READ MORE...

'Borgias' canceled? Season 4 may morph into two hour finale special

Showtime's soapy historical drama "The Borgias" could be headed for a premature end after three seasons.Deadline is reporting that Showtime is currently leaning toward scrapping a planned Season 4 of the show in favor of a two hour wrap-up movie instead. While four full seasons would match the run of "Borgias" unofficial predecessor "The Tudors," Showtime recently transformed the fourth and final season of "The Big C" into a limited series of four one hour episodes.Series creator Neil Jordan indicated "Borgias" could be headed for a similar fate earlier this year in an interview with U.K.'s Broadcast."['Borgias' has] gone on for three years and there's only four years in it," Jordan said. "At the moment, we're discussing it with Showtime. I would like to finish it with a two-hour movie. Another 10 episodes is kind of exhausting. I've mapped out a movie, which, if they agree, will shoot in June with the same cast, and... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/borgias-canceled-season-4-two-hour-finale-special.html

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 “The Ball of Chestnuts”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 “The Ball of Chestnuts” airs Sunday, May 5 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime. Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 “The Ball 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. READ MORE...
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