The Borgias Recap: “The Purge”
While being defrocked, Cardinal Orsini asked to make one last private confession. Cardinal Sforza was skeptical, and Cesare said it was a bad idea. Rodrigo, being the egomaniac that he is, however, agreed.
They went into his private chambers, where Orsini asked to be absolved of murder—Rodrigo’s! Then, he started slashing at Rodrigo with a knife, wounding the pope. They grappled for the knife, until Rodrigo managed to plunge it into Orsini, killing the would-be assassin. When an anxious Cesare went to check on his father, he was greeted with the shocking sight of a blood-soaked pope.