The Borgias Recap: “The Purge”
On this week of The Borgias, Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) had Rufio (Thure Lindhart) start assembling the bastard and second sons of Rome’s most prominent families. The men were weary at first, but soon united. Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) realized what Caterina was doing with the Get Borgia Gang (hereafter the “GBG”), and decided to subvert them. The Borgias men also planned to pin Juan’s murder on Caterina.
Cesare, along with his trusty manservant Michelotto (Sean Harris), intimidated various members of the GBG, and as a result, received their confirmation of Caterina’s new plan of attack. Each member of the GBG had Cardinal relatives.
Cesare chased down the Orsini brothers and their cardinal cousin (the same one who helped Della Rovere escape last week). The situation was immediately tense, and nearly escalated into a knife brawl. However, the Orsinis just taunted Cesare with rumors he’s the one who killed Juan.
Rodrigo also devised a plan to weed out unfaithful cardinals. Since Cardinal Sforza (Peter Sullivan) had proved loyal, he was tasked with carrying out the plot. The idea was one cardinal would be led to believe Rodrigo thought he was in on the plan to murder his family, and he’d be taken to the dungeons with the implication of torture to come. The terrified cardinal would then give up any dirt he had on the other cardinals, in order to avoid such a fate.
It was kind of a genius plan, and it worked. Later, when all the cardinals convened, the targeted cardinal got up and accused Cardinal Orsini, and the other cardinal relatives of the GBG of being involved with Caterina’s plot. As punishment, Rodrigo stripped the men of their titles, wealth, and property.