A FAMILY AFFAIR

Murder, Sex, Religion, Betrayal: Yep, The Borgias Is Back

If you think sex, violence and political machinations left Rome with the fall of the Empire, you haven’t been keeping up with Showtime’s breakout historical drama, The Borgias, which peels back the curtain on one of history’s most famous (and infamous) families.

When the Golden Globe-nominated series wrapped its first season, Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons) kept the title of Pope Alexander VI with the help of his children, who united to fend off backstabbing noblemen, loutish husbands, scheming Cardinal della Rovere (Colm Feore) and even France’s King Charles VIII (Michel Muller).

In the new season, debuting April 8, it looks like the tension will come from within the close-knit clan: Pope Alexander takes a new lover (or two), while the position of Juan (David Oakes) as favorite son is threatened by a conniving Cesare (François Arnaud). Daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger), meanwhile, is focusing on her own family—namely her newborn child. But who’s
the father?

And is there another plot to take the Pope’s life? Heaven forbid!

The Borgias returns on Sunday, April 8, at 10PM EST/PST on Showtime.