Director: Tom Fontana
DOP: James Welland
Producer: Atlantique Productions, EOS Entertainment
TV: ZDF, ORF, Canal+
While ruling Rome in the Pope’s absence, Lucrezia’s empathy has made her popular among the cardinals and citizens alike. But now Rodrigo – Pope Alexander VI – is back, and he has little patience with his daughter’s intrigue-free kindness – especially since he is ailing and often feels at death’s door. Among the many problems weighing upon him now is the fierce rivalry of the cardinals from Naples and France for his support, and a grave conspiracy that threatens to undermine the legitimacy of his claim to the Throne. Cesare, meanwhile, suffers a shameful defeat and asks the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci to invent a weapon that can cause untold destruction.
Rejected by Rodrigo once again, Giulia wants revenge by stirring his jealousy and even bringing the black arts into play. Lucrezia’s marriage to di Calabria hangs in the balance as her feelings are tested by her love for Alfonso d’Este. Aware of his failing health, Rodrigo knows he must choose between loyalty to God or to his family. But will the Borgias ride off into the sunset or bring down the Church – and themselves – in a final outburst of merciless revenge on all whose fear of the family had been waning?