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'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... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/the-borgias-series-finale-francois-arnaud-on-cesare-and-lucrezia-borgia-going-for-it.html

The Borgias Season 3 Finale 2013 “The Prince”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 10 "The Prince" airs Sunday, June 16 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime. Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 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. READ MORE...

The Borgias Series Finale Sneak Peeks: Alexander Looks to Carve Out a Kingdom

Now that Cesare and Alexander are reconciled, both Rome and the Borgia family have been strengthened and can proceed to lay claim to Forli. Catherina Sforza failed to strike while Alexander was at his weakest and now that the papal coffers are filled, the papal armies are replenished, and the Holy Father is on the same page with his son, she might have let her final chance to further splinter the papacy slip away. While she may be the most formidable opponent the Borgias have faced in their time as the leading family of Italy, Catherina is now a decisive underdog against Alexander and Cesare, meaning that she'll have to pull off one heck of a feat on the series finale of The Borgias in order to pull even with and surpass Pope Alexander. READ MORE...

The Grand Finale of 'The Borgias' Airs Sunday, June 16 on Showtime

The power-hungry Pope Alexander VI and his cunning children, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, sinned, sexed and scandalized their way through three seasons on THE BORGIAS. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Tvbythenumbers/~3/pjQZUkXtnvQ/