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The Borgias: Season 2 (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.

Cast

Jeremy Irons
as Rodrigo Borgia, Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI
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
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
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Critic Reviews for The Borgias: Season 2

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

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

April 8, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Still overflows with delicious intrigues, sex and deadly politics, but it now has an energy and constant forward momentum the first season lacked.

April 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

April 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.

April 8, 2012 | Full Review…

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