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The Borgias: The Face of Death

After being poisoned, Pope Alexander fights for his life unaware that the cardinals are plotting on his deathbed.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Sunday April 14th, 2013

Director: Kari Skogland
Writer: Guy Burt

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jun 17, 2013

Guest Stars
Antal LeisenAntal Leisen
As Cardinal 2
Bosco HoganBosco Hogan
As Cardinal Piccolomini
David DencikDavid Dencik
As Cardinal Orsini
Gina McKeeGina McKee
As Caterina Sforza
John RadoJohn Rado
As Cardinal Colonna
Mark PhelanMark Phelan
As Morgue Worker
Peter KerteszPeter Kertesz
As Cardinal 1
Peter StebbingsPeter Stebbings
As Cardinal De Luca
Peter Sullivan (1)Peter Sullivan (1)
As Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Sebastian De SouzaSebastian De Souza
As Alfonso of Aragon
Thure LindhardtThure Lindhardt
As Rufio
Vernon DobtcheffVernon Dobtcheff
As Cardinal Versucci
Andrew GowerAndrew Gower
As Assassin 1
Barna IlyesBarna Ilyes
As Dominican Monk
Mackenzie MunroMackenzie Munro
As Concetta
Tam Dean BurnTam Dean Burn
As Dominican Prior
William RuaneWilliam Ruane
As Papal Physician
Ákos HorváthÁkos Horváth
As Vatican Guard
Main Cast
Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
As Rodrigo Borgia
François ArnaudFrançois Arnaud
As Cesare Borgia
Holliday GraingerHolliday Grainger
As Lucrezia Borgia
Sean HarrisSean Harris
As Micheletto
Joanne WhalleyJoanne Whalley
As Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte VerbeekLotte Verbeek
As Giulia Farnese
Colm FeoreColm Feore
As Giuliano Della Rovere


The episode begins with Cesare bringing a poisoned Rodrigo to a physician, who has been summoned to the Pope’s palace. The physician figures out Canterella is the poison that has been used and says there is no way to save Rodrigo, who is quickly fading away. Lucrezia isn’t ready to give up just yet, saying she has heard charcoal can be used as an antidote against the poison. While charcoal is being grounded, mixed with water and forced down Rodrigo’s throat, Cardinal Sforza arrives and hands Cesare a bible that has been recovered from the assassin’s room. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorNeil Jordan
Executive ProducerJames Flynn  |  Sheila Hockin  |  Neil Jordan
Consulting ProducerSteve Matthews
Costume DesignerGabriella Pescucci
HairstylistJudit Halász
Art DirectorAdam O'Neill
Prosthetics Make Up DesignerRita Horvath
Music ByTrevor Morris
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