The Borgias (2011–2013)

The Gunpowder Plot 

Lucrezia escapes with Alfonso and her baby from Naples while the Pope corners the market in sulfur, restricting others from manufacturing gunpowder.


Neil Jordan


Neil Jordan (creator), Neil Jordan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud ... Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger ... Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley ... Vanozza Cattaneo
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Thure Lindhardt ... Rufio
Gina McKee ... Caterina Sforza
Charlie Carrick ... Pascal
Sebastian De Souza ... Alfonso of Aragon
Prometheus Aleifer ... Roberto Orsini
Luke Allen-Gale ... Fredirigo
Pilou Asbæk ... Paolo Orsini
Brendan Cowell ... Mattai the Hebrew
Bálint Adorjáni Bálint Adorjáni ... Guard 1
Ferenc Hujber Ferenc Hujber ... Guard 2


Both Pope Alexander and Cesare realize that Lucrezia is now being held hostage in Naple and that the King has allied himself with Caterina Sforza. As such, any attack on Caterina's Forli castle will result in Lucretia's death. Cesare leaves to rescue her. He does so without Micheletto who has eliminated his lover but has now disappeared. In Naples meanwhile, the court celebrates the festival of Bacchus and Lucrezia has made plans for her escape by spiking the wine with a sleeping potion. Once safely in Rome, Alfonso begins to suspect that Lucrezia and Cesare's feelings extend beyond simple sibling relations. The Pope conspires with Mattai the Hebrew to control the supply of sulfur, used to make gunpowder. Written by garykmcd

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English | Latin

Release Date:

9 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode has nothing to do with the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes attempted to kill King James by blowing up the English Parliament. See more »


In the discovery of the sulfur that had fallen off the wagon, the guard at the gate lights it on fire. The sulfur burns with a shower of sparks like gunpowder. In reality, sulfur burns slowly with a short blue flame. See more »


Mattai the Hebrew: [to Gamaliel about his affecting appearing to be a Christian] I serve a Christian Pope so you can remain a Jew.
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The Borgias Main Titles
Performed by Trevor Morris
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