Showtime Drops The Guillotine on The Borgias

The epic saga of papal backstabbing and incestuous relations, The Borgias, has been canceled.  The series was not renewed for a fourth season, nor did Showtime order the proposed, two-hour, stand-alone movie. The June 16 Season 3 finale, “The Prince,” will also serve as a series finale.

Starring Jeremy Irons, The Borgias followed Rodrigo Borgia’s rise to Pope of Rome.  It also heavily focused on the love affair between his Cardinal-turned-mercenary son Cesare (François Arnaud), and dutiful daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger). 
According to Deadline, when a fourth season became unlikely over concerns of there not being enough material for another 10 episodes, Showtime commissioned a movie script by creator Neil Jordan.  This was to conclude all character arcs. 
Unfortunately, for the series that shoots entirely on location in Budapest, a movie proved too costly.  With The Borgias wrapping up, Jordan will return to filmmaking. He hinted he’d still like to do the two-hour script as a feature one day.  
Still, both Showtime and Jordan promise “The Prince” will serve as a satisfying series end.  Said Jordan:

“The Prince,” when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family. Whatever bonded them as a family dies in this episode, and the center of the drama for me was always the family. I want to thank Showtime and [President] David Nevins for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future.


5 Responses

  1. Profile photo of CatOTO

    Bummed. The show transported me back in time! Loved the history, the feuds and alliances, and especially the Cesare-Lucrezia interaction. I hope the final episode does prove to be a fitting last chapter, especially if Neil Jordan ran out of material to fill up a full fourth season. I would love a feature-length movie wrapping it all up, though, and am pissed that Showtime couldn’t have extended the budget a little to get that made.

  2. Profile photo of JasamForever

    Such a shame. I just started watching this season and was really enjoying the show. They could have at least given half of a fourth season. Not fair to the fans.

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