Unlike its predecessor The Tudors, Showtime's period drama The Borgias won't get to see its natural end. Showtime has cancelled the series, based on the titular historical family, after three seasons, bringing the show's run to a close just one year earlier than planned (the show would have ended with season 4).
The series starred Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI, one of the most notioriously controversial and corrupt popes of the Renaissance era. The Borgias served as the spiritual successor to Showtime's earlier series The Tudors, which ran for four seasons between 2007 and 2010.
“I never thought I would make a cable series and have enjoyed every minute of it,” said creator Neil Jordan in a statement. “For a variety of reasons we won’t be doing a fourth season, but, [series finale] ‘The Prince’, when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family. Whatever bonded them as a family dies in this episode, and the center of the drama for me was always the family.”
Jordan did have a plan for the show's ending, though, with a planned two-hour finale, according to Deadline: “I wanted a totally biblical ending, for the Pope to burn in hell,” he said, describing a tale in which the dying Pope wanted to confess but could find no one to hear it. When he did finally find a confessor, he would interrupt the Pope, saying, "I'm sorry, it's too late, you're already dead and burning in hell."
"This satisfies all moral feelings about the Pope," Jordan said.
The Borgias will air its penultimate episode, "The Gunpowder Plot," this Sunday, June 9. The series finale, "The Prince," will air the following week on Showtime.
What do you think? Are you sad to see The Borgias go?