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The Gunpowder Plot
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Episode number Season 3
Episode 9
Directed by Neil Jordan
Written by Neil Jordan
Advisories Adult content, violence
Air date June 9, 2013
Running time 46 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 3x08 Tears of Blood
Next 3x10 The Prince

The Gunpowder Plot is the ninth episode of season three, and the twenty-eighth episode of the series. It was written and directed by Neil Jordan. It premiered on June 9, 2013.


Plot synopsisEdit

Devastated by his betrayal by Pascal, Micheletto kills his lover and subsequently disappears. Devastated by the loss of his loyal lieutenant, Cesare races to Naples to rescue Lucrezia, but she has already escaped her captors – with the aid of a sleeping potion. Brother and sister are reunited on the road back to Rome, and are so overjoyed to see one another that Alfonso begins to suspect that their relationship seems more than that of ordinary siblings. Back in Rome, Alfonso becomes sullen and almost abusive, drinking heavily. Alexander, meanwhile, has come up with another plan with his friend Mattai: they scheme to corner the market in Italian sulphur, thus denying anyone else the ability to manufacture gunpowder. Still, Alexander does not trust Cesare, who quickly uncovers his father’s plot, but it is Mattai who persuades father and son to reconcile.


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Joanne Whalley as Vanozza Cattaneo
Gina McKee as Catherina Sforza
Sebastian De Souza as Alfonso of Aragon
Thure Lindhardt as Rufio
Brendan Cowell as King Mattai
Luke Allen-Gale as King Frederigo of Naples
Linda Marlowe as Old Lady
Charlie Carrick as Pascal
Prometheus Aleifer as Roberto Orsini
Pilou Asbæk as Paolo Orsini
Bálint Adorjáni as Guard 1
Ferenc Hujber as Guard 2
Abraham Belaga as Vitelezzo Vitelli
Joseph Macnab as Prospero Colonna
Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Gian Paolo Baglioni
Tom Keller as Gamaliel
Tom Stuart as Sulphur Mine Overseer
Eric Mazlennan as Gatekeeper
Edit Balázsovits as Nurse
Kata Sarbó as Nurse 2
Declan Hannigan as Servant
Liam McMohon as General
N/A as Giovanni Borgia




The Borgias Season 3 Next on Episode 900:49

The Borgias Season 3 Next on Episode 9

Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 9 Clip - Rumors01:31

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 9 Clip - Rumors

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 9 Clip - The Bonds of Family02:01

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 9 Clip - The Bonds of Family

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