The Pope of Rome is no more! Well, Jeremy Irons’ Pope of Rome is hanging up his papal robes. Showtime have confirmed that The Borgias will end with it’s third season.
Series creator Neil Jordan had this to say to Deadline:
When they looked at what it could cost, it was just too expensive…I would have loved to bring all the characters to a conclusion. All of the actors were heartbroken we couldn’t continue, and so was I.
There were rumours of a two hour movie send off for the period drama, but Showtime have also put an end to that, meaning episode 10 of season 3 will be the show’s final outing. This likely means the series won’t get the ending it deserves. Neil Jordan talked off giving the series a “proper biblical ending” involving the Pope’s attempt at a final confession before his death (spoiler alert), something we all know was coming, it’s just a shame we don’t get to witness how the writer’s had truly envisioned the show ending.
It’s a shame as it was a stand out programme with some great characters and some brilliant (and not so brilliant) acting, but was likely undone by the expense of the show and declining ratings over it’s lifetime.
I would have loved to have seen the Borgia Pope get a proper send off, but it’s better it ends now before out staying it’s welcome. As a side note, wouldn’t it be great if Ezio from Assassin’s Creed came and offed the Pope? No? Just me? Oh well…