Fans of the canceled Showtime series The Borgias, which recently wrapped with the Season 3 finale (now series finale) “The Prince,” have launched a campaign to convince the network to revive the historical drama. The Borgias revolved around the family of Pope Alexander VI of Rome (a.k.a. Rodrigo Borgia) and his family, especially son Cesare and daughter Lucrezia, who were a little...too close for siblings, if you catch my drift. (For more on their complex relationship, check out the post My Body Is a Cage: The Borgias's Cesare/Lucrezia.)
In an effort to try to convince Showtime to reverse its decision and to bring the show back for a Season 4 or two-hour movie (the latter being show creator Neil Jordan's original plan), fans have created petitions (which former series regular David Oaks has himself signed), sent tins of sardines (a reference to the fasting the pope and his cardinals did in the show as penance, I believe), and created social media accounts (including a Facebook page and Twitter profile) and even a SaveTheBorgias website.
In a statement about the cancellation, Jordan said (via Entertainment Weekly): “For a variety of reasons we won’t be doing a fourth season, but, ‘The Prince’ [the final episode], when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family.”
However, more recently he seems less satisfied with the way the series ended, telling Crave Online in an interview: “No, I’m not [satisfied with the finale]. I don’t think any of the fans are either. It was interesting when I was shooting one of the final scenes there, it did seem to me all the family had descended into certain darkness. ... [B]ut I wrote a two hour movie to conclude all of their stories which I called The Borgia Apocalypse. It would’ve satisfied everything that the fans seemed to be upset about, but I’m not in control of the decisions of Showtime. I asked them to make it and we even agreed to reduce our fees to make it more palatable, the budgetary numbers, but they said no. So we shall see what happens. The script is still there.”
Could Neil Jordan one day make the movie on his own? Will the SaveTheBorgias campaign change Showtime's mind? Could the whole cast even return, now that they've begun to move on to other projects? Only time will tell...
What are your thoughts? Are you happy with where “The Prince” left the Borgia family and especially Cesare/Lucrezia, or are you rooting for a proper end to their story?