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‘The Borgias’ fourth season to be axed?

'The Borgias' could wrap sooner than previously expected
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Amber Dowling, May 8, 2013 9:57:48 AM

It’s no secret that Pope Alexander VI died a drawn-out death while in power, but that rancid fate might come a little sooner than expected if Showtime goes ahead with The Borgias creator Neil Jordan’s plan.

Jordan, who has been with the series since its conception, told British press during the third season debut of the series a couple of months ago that if he had his way, he would wrap the show next year with a two-hour movie rather than the fourth and final season he always maintained he wanted.

“Another 10 episodes is kind of exhausting,” he said. “I’ve mapped out a movie, which, if [Showtime] agrees, will shoot in June with the same cast, and finally the Pope (played by Jeremy Irons), will die horribly.”

Now it looks as though Showtime might acquiesce. According to Deadline, entertainment president David Nevins is seriously considering a film, despite the fact that the most recent episode of The Borgias drew the biggest audience yet.

When the series first began, Jordan told critics that “so much happened, I could say you could easily fill four seasons with it.” Then again, he also made it seem as though the Cesare (Francois Arnaud)/Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) incest line would never be crossed, but anyone who saw the latest episode knows that went out the window this year.

The Borgias airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo Canada.

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