The Borgias Recap: “Siblings”
Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) still fretted over whether Giovanni would be accepted into her new marriage, on this week’s episode of The Borgias. Determined to ensure his sister’s happiness, Cesare (Francois Arnaud) headed to Naples with Alfonso in order to finalize the marriage contract.
All seemed well enough, until the subject of Giovanni was brought up and the king again refused to accept him at court. Cesare threatened to call off the alliance between Rome and Naples (and by extension, Spain) over this, so instead cautioned the king to think it over and deliver an answer at the wedding.
One of the newly defrocked cardinals, Versucci, raided the Vatican Treasury before setting what was left ablaze. This, right after Cesare told Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) he needed funds as soon as possible to bolster the depleted Papal Army in preparation for the inevitable war with Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) and the Get Borgia Gang. Rufio (Thure Lindhart) continued to gain support throughout Italy for Caterina's cause, and got finite commitment after he revealed information his spies had collected—that the Papal Army was little more than nothing.
As Cesare’s love for his sister grew, so did his contempt for her husband. Cesare did not think Alfonso could make her happy, and was disgusted when he did nothing to speak up on Giovanni’s behalf to his uncle. It also didn’t help that Alfonso kept his mouth shut when the King of Naples was lying to Cesare about their well-armed 10,000 man army. In fact, Naples was practically still in ruins after last year’s attack by France.