The French began their march towards Rome, Cardinal Della Rovere (Colm Feore) riding with them. A wonderful, violent, horrifying scene ensued, as the troops marched through and pillaged the walled city of Lucca. Women and children were slaughtered along with soldiers in the narrow streets as the soldiers plowed through the city. Della Rovere was horrified. "What can justify such carnage?" "It’s war, Cardinal." Della Rovere, as Savanarola (Steven Berkoff) warned him, may truly be a Cardinal garbed in blood red.
Next stop for the French was Florence, where Niccolò Machiavelli (Julian Bleach) bargained with Della Rovere, echoing his previous conversational promises to Cesare. Determined that Florence would be spared and the French and their destruction pass, he managed to appear cooperative but impartial. Who are the devils here? Surely not just the Borgias.
Giulia arrived in Milan and spoke with Lucrezia’s husband and Sforza cousin Catherine (Gina Mckee) on behalf of the Pope and the Borgia family. She was told in no uncertain terms that the Sforzas will do what the rest of Italy is doing to help them — “Nothing.” During a subsequent short visit with Lucrezia, Giulia quickly ascertained that the naive girl's tummy ache wasn't "marsh fever" but pregnancy. Giovanni will certainly be able to work out this little math problem and it won't add up in his favor.
The only Borgia who seemed immune from the intrigue swirling around the family in this episode was eldest son Juan (David Oakes), who is still getting it on with his young brother Gioffre's (Aidan Alexander) bride. Those naughty Borgias. But the French are getting closer and he will have stop fooling around and slap on the armor soon. Will Cesare be at his side? There are only two episodes left to go in the season, and the Borgias are clearly going to the mattresses.