I don't know that I totally realized no one but Vittorio, Cesare and Micheletto knew the cannons were plaster.
And all those people Micheletto had to threaten. I love him. I shouldn't because he is terrible but he's just so loyal to Cesare and, as the only competent one around, he needs all the help he can get. I'm actually more surprised these days when he doesn't
kill someone, such as that retiring spy. And why did the guy Micheletto had to kill think it was a good idea to broadcast that their cannons were a bluff? Too dumb to live, no symapathy. Although I do wonder, if everyone else thought the cannons were real, why they were so worried. Real cannons could decimate the army in well less than twelve hours.
If Lucrezia Borgia wants to fuck you up… she will Fuck.You.Up.
I love this and it's true.
I really loved this episode. Vittorio didn't annoy me this episode, probably because she actually has chemistry with Cesare. I love how Cesare's reaction to her being female is basically "Rome is weird. Don't want to know about my father's sex life. Good luck with the fake cannons." I thought she was going to pass out when she first got the order for one hundred cannons.
Cesare was just so amazingly amazing this episode. I mean, he's my favorite character overall but his blase reaction to the fact that Vittoria is actually Vittoria, the fact that he didn't have to sexually assault her in order to believe this, his threatening peasants to get them to back off of Lucrezia, and the way that he actually seemed concerned about Juan (who doesn't deserve it) pinned under a chandelier were wonderful. I also liked how he pleaded with his father to just trust him for once and then totally pulled off his crazy scheme. And he got to be the hero for once and acknowledged for being so much better than Juan and now eveyrone loves him. And after the cardinas had such doubt, too! And the cannon in the library...so much love. I also love how it never crossed Lucrezia's mind that Cesare may have played a part in Paolo's death.
Juan, however, failed epically. Again. Is he so far removed from peasant life it never occured to him that Paolo couldn't read? That seems pretty obvious. And his "I confess...that I did nothing" that made his father attack him. He couldn't even properly apologize to his sister or keep it down after killing her lover. And he was even an ass in the chandelier scene with no concern whatsoever for the girl who was dying but not yet dead on top of him when he was all "Ew! Get it off! Get it off!"
Also it was a nice contrast with Juan returning from his first battle in defeat and Cesare not even needing to fight.
I loved how the Pope actually managed to make the cardinals stay put (though what was that one guy on about how he couldn't expect them to stay put again? They all fled the first time). I think they have much more faith in the Pope and joy at their deliverance for staying. And Rodrigo reclaiming his real name was badass, too. I don't know why Juan was ever the favorite but I'm hoping that Juan's banishment and Cesare's badassness changes this. I was glad to see some concern for Lucrezia here and how she was able to get Paolo the proper burial that Juan was so sest on denying him.
I love how Giulia and Lucrezia left the Pope to flock to Cesare at the end.
And enemies of the Borgia have got
to stop teaming up with the French. They're only ever going to let them down. At least Della Rovere (who sadly did nothing this episode) learned that lesson. I recently rewatched the first episode and he was hilarious
and brilliant in it. I sort of wish he and the Pope would face off, though. It would be epic.
And I do wonder how long this series will last. Will it end with the Pope's death? Shortly afterwards? When Cesare dies? When? I hope it doesn't end tragically even though pretty much everything back then did.