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The Borgias: Season 3 (2013)




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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 third season. The poisoned Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons) fights for his life as cardinals jockey to wrest the papacy from him, and Cesare(François Arnaud) and Micheletto (Sean Harris) try to track the assassin. Meanwhile, Della Rovere (Colm Feore) readies to make his move; and Catherina Sforza (Gina McKee) dispatches her own personal assassin to unseat the Borgias. Machiavelli (Julian Bleach) works his malevolent magic to ensure that Cesare's diplomatic mission to France is a success as Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) devises a plot against King Ferdinand (Matias Varela). The season ends with Alexander and Cesare reconciling, and Cesare marching his army to lay siege to Forli.


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
Aidan Alexander
as Joffre Borgia
Lotte Verbeek
as Giulia Farnese
Colm Feore
as Cardinal Della Rovere
Peter Sullivan
as Cardinal Sforza
Derek Jacobi
as Cardinal Orsini
Sean Harris
as Micheletto
Simon McBurney
as Johannes Burchard
Gina McKee
as Catherina Sforza
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Cardinal Versucci
Julian Bleach
as Machiavelli
Luke Allen-Gale
as Fredirigo
Mattias Padin Varela
as King Ferdinand
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Critic Reviews for The Borgias: Season 3

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

The intrigue continues and The Borgias remains one of TV's more reliable potboilers.

April 16, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's an energy and tension to the series now which was missing early on, making its cancellation all the more regrettable.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

By episode three, things are roiling up and rolling around.

April 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

For those of you who were hungry for a more dramatic power struggle for control of one the world's oldest religious orders, Showtime's The Borgias returns to fill that niche expertly.

April 14, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Indeed, the show's frothy mixture of costume drama and soap opera, taken to hedonistic extremes, allows for unapologetically rich and sublimely perverse moments.

April 13, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately, what was cleverly billed as a 15th-century version of The Sopranos is at best an impersonation of a quality cable drama, dressed up in fabulous flowing frocks.

April 12, 2013 | Full Review…
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