The Borgias (2011–2013)

The Assassin 

Micheletto, Orsini's assassin is recruited by Cesare to defect into the service of Della Rovere who is trying to prove Rodrigo has taken on a mistress.


Neil Jordan


Neil Jordan (creator), Neil Jordan




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
David Oakes ... Juan Borgia
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Simon McBurney ... Johannes Burchart
Derek Jacobi ... Cardinal Orsini
Colm Feore ... Giuliano Della Rovere
Peter Sullivan ... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
László Konter László Konter ... Cardinal Colonna
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Cardinal Versucci
Bosco Hogan ... Cardinal Piccolomini
Attila C. Arpa ... Assassin 1 (as Attila Árpa)


With Cardinal Orsini's assassin in custody, Cesare Borgia plots to ensure the man's loyalty but Cardinal Della Rovere isn't so sure that the man knows nothing and also seeks his loyalty. The Cardinal soon organizes those who voted against the Pope and searches for a legal means to dethrone the him For his part, the Pope installs a new mistress, Giulia Farnese, in Orsini's palace. The Pope's 14 year-old daughter Lucrezia tells her mother of Giulia's presence in the Papal rooms leading to a major confrontation. It may also provide Della Rovere what he needs to depose him. The Pope moves to neutralize Della Rovere and announces the appointment of 13 new Cardinals, including his son Cesare. Written by garykmcd

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English | Latin

Release Date:

14 July 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Orsino Orsini was the name of Giulia Farnese's husband, but he was not the cardinal played by Derek Jacobi who was poisoned in the premiere episode. The Borgias did poison a Cardinal Giambattista Orsini in 1503, not in 1492. See more »


Cesare Borgia: You are aware, Holy Father, of the plots against us?
Rodrigo Borgia: Oh, what would Rome be without a good plot?
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Written by Trevor Morris
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