The Borgias is IMO the best TV Show ever produced. It has everything. Best writing, beautiful costumes, makeup and hair, scenery, lighting, music and choir and not to forget a fantastic group of amazing actors to carry it off. Jeremy Irons (Rodrigo Borgia - patriarch) who becomes Pope Alexander V1, Francois Arnaud as his highly intelligent and ambitious son Cesare Borgia, Holiday Grainger, his beautiful and savvy daughter Lucrezia, Sean Harris as the loyal and dangerous Michelletto, Cesare's bodyguard and friend, Joanne Whalley as Vanozza dei Cattenei, Rodrigo's ex mistress and mother of the children, and Lotte Verbeek as Julia Farnese, Rodrigo's younger mistress, David Oakes as Juan Borgia in S1 and S2 but not in S3. These group of outstanding actors are the glue that holds together the fabric of the storyline from 1492 to about 1501 - ably assisted by Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Sforza and Gina McKee as Caterina Sforza, the Borgia's enemy and Colm Feore as Guiliano della Rovere the Borgias arch nemesis. Not to forget Julian Bleach's marvellous portrayal of Niccholo Machiavelli and Simon MacBurney's Johann Burchardt.
Neil Jordan has brilliantly plotted a storyline close to actual history in the telling of The Borgias. There is never a dull moment, the scenes build beautifully and the editing is superb. Action scenes with Renaissance weaponry is amazing as are the scenery and props. Direction in Season 3 has been a lot tighter too and all the threads are well linked between episodes.
The Borgias is a visual feast, providing passion, plotting, curruption, ambition and politics all wrapped up in the marvellous package of Neil Jordan's visionary expose of Renaissance Italy.
This wonderful show has been cruelly cut off at the knees without a proper conclusion by ending it at Season 3. So much story still to tell and much left unfinished. The decision by Showtime to cancel, is short sighted and left so many of The Borgia's fanbase furious and upset. Including me.
A Season 4 or the two hour wrap up movie "The Borgia Apocolypse" as written by Neil Jordan is absolutely vital to finish this epic story.