'The Borgias' series finale: Francois Arnaud on Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia 'going for it'

On Sunday, June 16, Showtime's Renaissance melodrama "The Borgias" came to an end after three seasons, which wasn't exactly what creator Neil Jordan wanted. He even wrote a two-hour movie script to wrap up all the character arcs, but Showtime opted not to shoot it.But, as it is, the third and final season closed with Borgia family enemy Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) defeated; Lucrezia's (Holliday Grainger) husband dead after being run through by the sword of her brother Cesare (Francois Arnaud), who had recently become her incestuous lover; and their father, Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), a k a the nefarious Pope Alexander VI plotting to turn the Roman Catholic papacy from an elected office into a monastery.Anyone who followed the recent election of humble, plain-spoken Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to become Pope Francis knows that Borgia failed utterly."I liked the ending," Arnaud tells Zap2it. "For my character and Lucrezia, there was something very Shakespearean...



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