I wish I could’ve just written a recap of the third season finale of The Borgias. However, with Showtime’s recent cancellation of the papal sudser, this post must deal with how effective “The Prince” served as a series finale.
First, let’s discuss the plot. The episode finally saw Cesare (François Arnaud) ascend to the role of powerful military leader like he’d always wanted. He received unofficial permission from Machiavelli allowing him to bring the Papal Army through Florence at night on their way to Forli. READ MORE
Micheletto (Sean Harris) tenderly killed his traitorous lover, and then fled Rome. He left only Pascal’s body and “Goodbye” scrawled on the floor in his blood. Cesare (François Arnaud) was deeply affected by abandonment of Micheletto, for personal and work-related reasons. He knew he couldn’t trust any of his other generals like he did Micheletto, or expect them to be as efficient at their job.
Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) tasked Mattai with buying up all the sulfur in Rome, to prevent any army from manufacturing gunpowder, even Cesare’s. When he and Caterina (Gina McKee) were both informed there was nothing left to power their guns, they each assumed the other was behind the plot. READ MORE
King Federigo traveled to Rome so he could receive the Pope’s investiture. As a show of continued peace between Naples and Rome (including Cesare’s French forces), Federigo asked that a special ambassador be appointed between their two lands: Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger). Lucrezia was honored.
When they returned to Naples, Federigo dropped his “nice guy” act and let Lucrezia know she’d been played. In actuality, she was his prisoner, and security in case Cesare (François Arnaud) acted against Naples or Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee). Devastated, a resolute Lucrezia set to secretly scheme with the old lady witch doctor from the woods, for the escape of her and her family from Naples. READ MORE
Annoyed by her husband’s lack of political ambition, Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) determined to have a say in the next King of Naples. Prince Raphael was openly hostile, and made it known her bastard child would again be turned away from court. This mutual hatred was a shame, since Raphael was really cute and had tons of chemistry with Lucrezia.
Instead, she turned towards his half-brother, Prince Federigo. Lucrezia bonded with the kind prince over dastardly brothers. Lucrezia noticed obvious parallels between Raphael's demeanor and that of her brother Juan. READ MORE
When Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) first heard the French army landed in Rome, he thought they were under attack due to Cesare (François Arnaud) causing some great offense during his visit. Soon, a smug Cesare arrived and informed him the French army was there on his invitation, and under his command.
Rodrigo was livid at how far Cesare had overreached. Cesare insisted he did what was needed to ensure their safety. His plan was to wipe out the Sforza dynasty by starting with Ludovico in Milan, which he’ll then turnover to France. Rodrigo was not happy about having the French in Italy, but eventually gave Cesare his consent. READ MORE