The Best Episodes of Borgia

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2018

He was a man whose name would become synonymous with ruthlessness, and whose reign as pope would be remembered as the most infamous chapter of the history of the Catholic church -Rodrigo Borgia. His four children -Juan, the oldest, a prideful, lazy, unscrupulous sexual predator, Cesare, a young man torn between a faith that was not his calling and his dark violent nature, Lucretia, a young girl discovering the secret power that a women's sexuality holds, and Goffredo, an innocent child who would come of age in a family riven by conflict- would provide Rodrigo with a challenge as great as the political maneuvering of his political and religious rivals.

 The Serpent Rises

#1 - The Serpent Rises

Season 1 - Episode 12

Cesare leads an investigative commission into Juan's death, but cannot find the guilty party and soon fears he himself killed his brother.

star 8.47
51 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, Kevin Deiboldt
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1507

#2 - 1507

Season 3 - Episode 14

Cesare's ultimate judgment is realized while Lucrezia struggles to make sense of her family's history and its future.

star 8.21
28 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana
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The Invasion of Rome

#3 - The Invasion of Rome

Season 1 - Episode 9

Rodrigo has his back on the wall as the French troops occupy the Eternal city, but thanks to his son Cesare, a fragile peace can be negotiated.

star 8.18
51 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana, Sean Whitesell
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1506

#4 - 1506

Season 3 - Episode 13

Cesare is brought to La Mancha and goes on trial before the Inquisition, while Lucrezia must use extreme measures to save her marriage.

star 8.12
25 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana, Brant Englestein
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God's Monster

#5 - God's Monster

Season 1 - Episode 11

To prove himself worthy of the crown of Naples, Juan proposes to convert the Jews in a mass christening, but accidentally reveals a dark secret.

star 8.06
51 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, Kevin Deiboldt
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Miracles

#6 - Miracles

Season 1 - Episode 10

By the intervention of Spain, France is forced to withdraw, but Isabella of Spain demands a purge of the Jews from the Eternal City.

star 8.04
49 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana, James Yoshimura
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1503 (1)

#7 - 1503 (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9

Lucrezia meets her new family with mixed results, while at home a malaria outbreak has historic consequences for the Borgias.

star 8.00
37 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, Chris Albers
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The Assumption

#8 - The Assumption

Season 2 - Episode 10

Cesare and the King of France organize their wedding, one after another, the day of the Assumption, a date when it rains consistently. Cardinal Orsini, very sick, terrified of what awaits him after his death when he thinks about his relationships with friends and enemies of the pope. Lucrezia plays on the big surge of hope caused by the salvation and the power of forgiveness to ease political tensions.

star 8.00
41 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, Frank Pugliese
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 Maneuvers

#9 - Maneuvers

Season 1 - Episode 7

Instead of keeping the peace, Rodrigo gives in to Giulia's urging and has his men take up arms, but under Juan's command the campaign fails.

star 7.93
58 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Andrea Ciannavei
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Wisdom of the Holy Spirit

#10 - Wisdom of the Holy Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 4

Rodrigo promises estates and offices for those voting in his favour, and when white smoke rises, he leaves the conclave as Pope Alexander VI.

star 7.92
64 votes
Writers: Frank Pugliese, Brant Englestein
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Pax Vobiscum

#11 - Pax Vobiscum

Season 2 - Episode 4

Savonarola was sentenced to death by hanging by the Pope Alexander VI after admitting acts of heresy under torture. He uses his last breath to curse Cesare Borgia and the whole family, in the name of God. Later, Cesare attend Midnight Mass and Easter lights the traditional fireworks fireworks Florentine. Alessandro, his lifelong friend, wish him "peace of God", but the peace of God is more interested Cesare.

star 7.89
47 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana, Andrea Ciannavei
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A Morality Play

#12 - A Morality Play

Season 2 - Episode 8

On the occasion of this celebration, Cardinal Riario Sansoni organizes morality recounting the story of Alexis. Far from these concerns, Cesare continuing negotiations to try to raise an army and get a title and a wife. Conversely, Lanzol asks to leave Rome and intrigues in order to devote himself more confidently to Christ.

star 7.87
45 votes
Directors: Thomas Vincent
Writers: Tom Fontana, Chris Albers
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Legitimacy

#13 - Legitimacy

Season 1 - Episode 6

As peace remains brittle, Rodrigo publicly acknowledges his paternity of Juan, Cesare, Lucrezia and Goffredo to strengthen the family bonds.

star 7.86
57 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Bradford Winters
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Ash Wednesday

#14 - Ash Wednesday

Season 2 - Episode 2

Cesare Borgia celebrates Mass on Ash Wednesday for the King of Naples and his court. According to the liturgical texts, Cesare made ​​a sign of the cross on the forehead of each participant with ash, in these words: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return." But when comes the turn of King Federico d'Aragona, Cesare draws a "C" on his forehead. Thus causing the sovereign Cesare stands in contradiction with the spirit of contrition associated with this holiday.

star 7.85
47 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Tom Fontana, Brant Englestein
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Who is Like God?

#15 - Who is Like God?

Season 2 - Episode 12

Alessandro Farnese, treasurer of the Vatican, announces that the signorie of Imola and Forli haven't paid their taxes. The pontiff then summons Caterina Sforza, the Regent, and her son, the heir of these principalities. Furious for being forced to pay high taxes, Caterina arranges a plan to assassinate the Pope. Meanwhile Cesare, at the head of an army of three hundred soldiers, manages to seize the duchy of Milan.

star 7.85
46 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana
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Prelude to an Apocalypse

#16 - Prelude to an Apocalypse

Season 1 - Episode 8

With his enemies advancing and his troops deserting Juan's command, Rodrigo has to take a tough decision that puts Cesare's life at stake.

star 7.83
54 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Thomas Kelly
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A Sacred Vow

#17 - A Sacred Vow

Season 1 - Episode 3

A quarrel starts among the cardinals and old reckonings are being settled, while Cesare offers his son as a sacrifice to God, abandoning the newborn.

star 7.83
75 votes
Writers: Frank Pugliese
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1502

#18 - 1502

Season 3 - Episode 8

Cesare's renegade generals mount a rebellion against him, while those close to Rodrigo conspire against him, all on the eve of Lucrezia's wedding.

star 7.82
34 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana, Frank Pugliese
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The Bonds of Matrimony

#19 - The Bonds of Matrimony

Season 1 - Episode 5

The wedding of Lucrezia to Giovanni Sforza is to seal the union between the Borgia and Sforza families, but the marriage will not be consummated.

star 7.77
61 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Gina Gionfriddo
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Ascension

#20 - Ascension

Season 2 - Episode 5

In the vineyards of the Palazzo dei Santi Apostoli, Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere selects grapes for the blessing of first fruits. He is assisted by Cardinal Raffaele Riario Sansoni, more concerned with political cases. Released from his vows of Cardinal Cesare is of golden armor that belonged to his late brother Juan. Thus dressed, he poses as a king on the papal throne, having finally materialized all its own idea of "ascension" to heaven.

star 7.77
52 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, Sean Whitesell
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1500

#21 - 1500

Season 3 - Episode 6

Outside of Italy, rebellion stirs and the Cardinals fear they'll lose their power, while plans begin for Lucrezia's next marriage.

star 7.74
42 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, William Bromell
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The Time of Sweet Desires

#22 - The Time of Sweet Desires

Season 2 - Episode 1

Cesare covets the hand of Carlotta d'Aragona and the Naples throne. Rodrigo et Lucrezia, for their part, wold like to turn the page on the death of Juan Borgia.

star 7.74
61 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Tom Fontana
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1504

#23 - 1504

Season 3 - Episode 11

With a new pope crowned and order breaking down, Cesare finds himself with more and stronger enemies than ever.

star 7.68
28 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Brant Englestein
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1498

#24 - 1498

Season 3 - Episode 4

When one of his commanders captures a city without authorisation, Cesare must appease a ruler. Lucrezia's son suffers a potentially mortal fall.

star 7.66
41 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, Andrea Ciannavei
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1495

#25 - 1495

Season 3 - Episode 1

While Lucrezia is head of the Vatican, Rodrigo Borgia continued his retreat. He tries to erase his feelings of love for Julia and her desire for her own daughter, now married to Alfonso di Calabria. But even away from all temptations, he struggles to get there. For his part, his daughter, a young woman who became regent seat with wisdom and moderation, qualities that are lacking in Cesare. The latter, still at war in Romagna, hopes to achieve with a little luck to defeat Catarina and all the enemies of the Borgia family ...

star 7.65
52 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana, Brant Englestein
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