Drama abounds in Episode 7 of “The Borgias.” French armies overrun Italy and Della Rovere realizes he should’ve headed the French king’s warnings against enthusiastically wishing for war. Italian leaders flee their territories and the Borgias reign is in jeopardy. Giulia, the pope’s mistress, is sent to visit Lucrezia and her husband Giovanni Sforza. Lucrezia is very pregnant and Sforza shows no willingness to take sides in this French war waged against the papacy.

Meanwhile, Juan Borgia and Princess Sancia continue their illicit affair behind her tween husband’s back. Ursula remains hidden away in the convent she ran off to and Cesare tries unsuccessfully to win her back. Cesare also tries unsuccessfully to convince his father to allow him to lead the papal armies. Milan sides with Della Rovere and France’s King Charles but death and carnage overrun the city.

The Good:

  • Lucrezia and Paolo’s stolen moments in the woods add a bit of romance to an oversexed and battle hungry cast.
  • Hope and help is offered by Giuliana that Lucrezia might finally escape her husband and save the life of her unborn child, which is probably not Sforza’s.
  • France’s King Charles is the perfect adversary. He shows what a shrewd leader he really is and adds demands on his agreement which makes Della Rovere wish he’d never made a deal with the devil against Italy. King Charles, his thick accent and creative hairstyle continue to be as entertaining as ever.

The Bad:

  • Pope Alexander looks overwhelmed and overworked throughout the episode. There is a desperation and defeat apparent in him which does not suit his character.


War has reached Italy’s doors and many alliances the pope was counting on are not panning out. Cesare remains lost in personal and professional turmoil and Lucrezia’s problems continue to compound as her cruel husband and growing belly both serve to torment her. Juan is, as always, thinking about Juan. He is lost in lust over his younger brother’s wife and worried about little else.

Rating: 7/10

Review by Aphrodite Manousos of Picktainment. Read full “The Borgias” review now!