The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 “The Ball of Chestnuts”

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 “The Ball of Chestnuts” airs Sunday, May 5 at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime.

Episode Synopsis: The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 “The Ball of Chestnuts” – Newly appointed Cardinal Farnese (Cyron Melville) – promoted at the request of his sister Giulia (Lotte Verbeek) – is placed in the Treasury and quickly discovers Versucci’s theft. Micheletto (Sean Harris) is sent to find the wayward Cardinal. Meanwhile, upon hearing of Venice’s request for help against Turkish pirates, Alexander (Jeremy Irons), seeing this as an opportunity to replenish the coffers, dramatically calls for a Crusade. Concerned about the loyalty of his new Cardinals, Giulia arranges an orgy for them – the “banquet of chestnuts” – but it is a trap and details of the Cardinals’ sexual activities are recorded to extort their future loyalty. Elsewhere, King Ferdinand (Matias Varela) learns that Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) and Alfonso’s (Sebastian De Souza) marriage has not been consummated and demands a public display of their love-making. Lucrezia is humiliated, but the experience seems to increase the incestuous attraction between her and her brother.

Show Summary: Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons stars in THE BORGIAS, the saga of history’s most infamous crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. Mercilessly cruel and defiantly decadent, intimidation and murder are his weapons of choice in his scandalous ascension to the papacy in Renaissance-era Italy.

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