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The Borgias: The Borgia Bull

Pope Alexander VI takes a new lover and throws a grand, pagan fete for the citizens of Rome when a cache of ancient artifacts is discovered; the rivalry between brothers Cesare and Juan spills into the streets; Lucrezia tends to her newborn child; now a pastoral priest once again, Della Rovere narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.

Source: Showtime


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x1
Airdate: Sunday April 08th, 2012

Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Neil Jordan


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Main Cast
Jeremy Irons
As Rodrigo Borgia
Simon McBurney
As Johannes Burchart
Sean Harris
As Micheletto
Joanne Whalley
As Vanozza
Lotte Verbeek
As Giulia Farnese
Aidan Alexander
As Joffre Borgia
Colm Feore
As Cardinal Della Rovere
Holliday Grainger
As Lucrezia Borgia
David Oakes
As Juan Borgia
François Arnaud
As Cesare Borgia

Recap

The episode begins with a botched murder attempt on Cardinal Della Rovere. The cardinal is given poison in a communion goblet, but it isn't the full dose; and hence it does not end up having the desired effect, and the cardinal is virtually unaffected. The altar boy who was commissioned by Cesare Borgia to murder the cardinal quickly is given his reward; after he has been captured, for the abject failure of his mission. The boy is drowned in a well outside the church; for his failure to carry out the job, as expected. Meanwhile, bitter sibling rivalry erupts between Cesare and his brother, Juan; as they both seem to be competing for their father’s attention. ..

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