The Borgias: Season 2 (2012)


Season 2
The Borgias

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The Vatican's resident schemers have a renaissance of their own in an improved sophomore season, with a more intriguing focus on political machinations both within the Catholic Church and the Borgias family.



Critic Ratings: 11


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Air date: Apr 8, 2012
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The sumptuous Renaissance-era soap opera-costume drama that is a blend of Corleones and Sopranos family-and-palace intrigue along the Appian Way and other European locales launches a second series. When a cache of long-lost Italian artifacts is discovered, Pope Alexander VI (Jeremy Irons) is inspired to throw a pagan-theme feast for the people of Rome. Meanwhile, Alexander's mistress discovers he's taken another lover; and Cardinal Della Rovere (Colm Feore) settles into the simple life of a parish priest but becomes unsettled when Cesare (François Arnaud) attempts to assassinate him. On the war front, Micheletto (Sean Harris) helps Cesare recruit mercenaries to exact revenge on French troops who burned a nunnery; and Juan (David Oakes) leads a triumphant campaign in Spain. While at home, Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) loses a lover and is courted by a new royal swain.


Jeremy Irons
as Rodrigo Borgia
Holliday Grainger
as Lucrezia Borgia
David Oakes
as Juan Borgia
François Arnaud
as Cesare Borgia
Lotte Verbeek
as Giulia Farnese
Colm Feore
as Cardinal Della Rovere
Aidan Alexander
as Joffre Borgia
Peter Sullivan
as Cardinal Sforza
Sean Harris
as Michelotto
Steven Berkoff
as Savonarola
Derek Jacobi
as Cardinal Orsini
Julian Bleach
as Niccolo Machiavelli
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Cardinal Versucci
Jesse Bostick
as Antonello
Simon McBurney
as Johannes Burchard
Michel Muller
as King Charles
Ivan Kaye
as Duke Ludovico Sforza
Gina McKee
as Catherina Sforza
Jemima West
as Vittorio/Vittoria
David Alpay
as Calvino
Augustus Prew
as Prince Alfonso
Ronan Vibert
as Giovanni Sforza
Ruta Gedmintas
as Ursula Bonadeo
Edward Akrout
as French Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Borgias Season 2

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The Borgias rattles along with lashings of sex and violence and some pretty clunky dialogue.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The new season needs to up the ante - not by becoming Spartacus but becoming more dramatically engrossing.

Apr 8, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Jeremy Irons plays Alexander with a meticulousness that's dramatically right: The Pope's chief sin is the tidy hypocrisy with which he organizes his soul into compartments for the political, the material, the erotic and the spiritual.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It is good to have the lewd and mischievious papal family back. Although Jeremy Irons is a favorite in his role as the Borgia patriarch, I am partial to Francois Arnaud as Cesare, despite his incestual leanings.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The Borgias' second season premiere set the table for what could be a very fun spring.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The cast -- particularly Irons and Arnaud -- seem comfortable in the Borgia robes.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's very silly, of course. And quite a lot of fun. And most probably spot on, historically.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Doesn't dispel the problems of the first season, but it does feel like Jordan and company are getting closer to that better version of the show. It's lighter on the relationship drama and heavier on political elements.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

So much decadent good fun, it's positively sinful.

Apr 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Retains the intrigue and conniving family politics that made season one such a pleasure ride, but it all has more snap now.

Apr 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Borgias: Season 2

  • Aug 18, 2015
    The political intrigues are far more interesting and the archetype characters feel more fleshed out this season as opposed to their introductions in the first season. The battle for the papacy has ended and creates a personal and unique take on the Pope's family.
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Take the acting from the first season and increase it tenfold. Holliday Grainger, Jeremy Irons, Francois Arnoud put out the most impressive acting I will likely ever see on the small screen. The directing and costumes have also taken steps in the right direction. This show has really come into its own in this season. The Beautiful Deception and The Confession are the standouts for this season.

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