The Borgias (2011–2013)
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The Face of Death 

Thanks to Lucezia's remedy for cantarella, Rodrigo makes a miraculous recovery to everyone's surprise, but there is a Sforza plot to kill the Pope's family.


Kari Skogland


Neil Jordan (creator), Guy Burt




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud ... Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger ... Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley ... Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte Verbeek ... Giulia Farnese
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Thure Lindhardt ... Rufio
Gina McKee ... Caterina Sforza
Peter Sullivan ... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Colm Feore ... Giuliano Della Rovere
David Dencik ... Cardinal Orsini
Sebastian De Souza ... Alfonso of Aragon
Peter Stebbings ... Cardinal De Luca
William Ruane ... Papal Physician
Barna Ilyes Barna Ilyes ... Dominican Monk (as Barna Ilyés)


With Pope Alexander poisoned but still alive, Cesare takes charge of the situation. It takes him little time to learn that Della Rovere was behind the assassination attempt but his mother suggests he think of what they will do if Alexander die. He seeks Cardinal Sforza's assistance in learning who aspires to being Pope. Della Rovere is arrested but manages to escape. He also learns that there is a second plot, this one concocted by Caterina Sforza and her new henchman. She means to kill all of the Borgias. After Alexander recovers he doesn't understand why, on the verge of death, he did not see the face of God. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Rodrigo Borgia: I saw the face of death.
Cesare Borgia: You're not dead, Father.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release of this episode was cut, the distributor was required to remove sight of cockfighting. In line with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »


The Borgias Main Titles
Written by Trevor Morris
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The most beautiful historic show ever
27 September 2013 | by nabrandtSee all my reviews

The best TV-show I've ever seen! It has everything, fantastic actors, amazing costumes, great plot and unforgettable love.It is a story about the most ambitious family in renaissance Italy, the Borgias. It is an unholy family that fights for ultimate power by all means necessary. Pope Alexander has two sons, Cesare and Juan, and one beautiful daughter, Lucrezia to his help to secure his position in Vatican. The whole world is against them and they can only trust each other. Everything is done for the good of the family! The relationship between siblings is dark and complicated. They find salvation in each other but their future is uncertain.

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