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Episode #1.7 

In the wake of a tragedy, Dussolier experiences doubt in his abilities, while the Pope begins to question his own decisions as a fresh plot against him emerges.


Paolo Sorrentino




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Lenny Belardo
Diane Keaton ... Sister Mary
Silvio Orlando ... Cardinal Voiello
Javier Cámara ... Cardinal Gutierrez (credit only)
Scott Shepherd ... Cardinal Dussolier
Cécile de France ... Sofia (credit only)
Ludivine Sagnier ... Esther
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Cardinal Caltanissetta
James Cromwell ... Cardinal Michael Spencer
Tony Plana ... Carlos García
Monica Cetti Monica Cetti ... Countess Meraviglia
Fabrizio Jovine
Alessio Montagnani Alessio Montagnani ... Ludovico Meraviglia
Ignazio Oliva Ignazio Oliva ... Valente
Marcello Romolo Marcello Romolo ... Don Tommaso


In the wake of a tragedy, Dussolier experiences doubt in his abilities, while the Pope begins to question his own decisions as a fresh plot against him emerges.

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Release Date:

5 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The composition which plays while the Pope is daydreaming about his parents at the beginning of the episode is entitled "Dreaming of You" and was composed by Lele Marchitelli, who composes the music for the series. Marchitelli also composed the score for Paolo Sorrentino' film The Great Beauty (2013). See more »


When Sister Mary and Voiello are talking at the Madonna in the jungle, Voiello wear glasses with thin golden frames (like most of the time), a moment earlier he had different glasses. See more »


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I Can't Escape Myself
Written by Adrian Borland
Performed by The Sound
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Doubt and Overconfidence
15 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There is so much in this episode. One could do a synopsis. Pius continues on a course to find out who his parents were. He is having doubts about his success as Pope and is actually considering resigning. In all of this, we begin to get a touch of his humanity. First of all, he is taking on a bonding role with the new born sort of immaculate conception. Secondly, he has this thing about who his parents are and that half-pipe (no snowboarding) that he carries with him. There is the meeting with people who claim to be his parents. There are other incidents of temptation and an attempted rape. Then there is the trip to Honduras. A devastating result. We have the Pope telling Spencer about his doubts and making him drool, actually practicing addressing the masses in Vatican Square.

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