I’ve just had the pleasure of watching the latest episode of The Borgias, ‘Lucrezia’s Gambit’.
The King of France demands that Cesare locates and murders Ludovico Sforza and Caterina’s son Benito, so that he is the sole claimant to Milan. The Pope instructs him to bring them in alive. Micholetto has been sleeping with a Milanese man, who instructs him in the ways of Leonardo. One of these is a rifle with a dual sight. Cesare uses this to ambush the Sforza’s, and to kill Ludovico after Micholetto has killed Benito. The Pope is angry that the Sforza’s are killed, and there is tension between he and Cesare. It’s also revealed that the man Micholetto is sleeping with is a spy for Caterina Sforza.
In Naples, Lucrezia fails to convince her husband to go for the throne, as he is only 3rd in line. After speaking to one of two half-brothers vying for the throne, Rafael flatly refuses to accept Lucrezia’s child. Lucrezia then meets with the other brother, and seems to like him better. This brothe ris poisoned, but saved, and Lucrezia uses this as a weapon against Rafael, who bows out of the running so that his half-brother can become King, but says it will be entertaining to see her fail. At the coronation, she tells Alfonso that they are safe, but the new King of Naples receives a message from the man sleeping with Micholetto, as he is also conspiring against the Borgia family.
It was abrilliant episode, full of plenty of twists and turns. I love the way the season is playing out, with so many things up in the air. I can’t wait for the next episode.
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