Fans of Showtime’s The Borgias Keep On Fighting
Since the popular and well-loved period drama The Borgias was cancelled June of 2013, an army of dedicated fans have kept on fighting for a fourth and final season. They call themselves Cesare’s Army, as they consider themselves an extended army of The Borgia Family. The Borgias is set in 1490s Italy during Rodrigo Borgia’s infamous papacy and chronicles the story of one very unholy family. It stars Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia, Francois Arnaud as Cesare Borgia, David Oakes as Juan Borgia, and Aidan Alexander as Joffre Borgia. Other stars include Joanne Whalley, Peter Sullivan, Lotte Verbeek, Sean Harris, and Colm Feore. You can currently watch seasons one through three of The Borgias on Netflix, but prepare to be disappointed. The series remains unfinished and this group of fans are determined to fix that.
Meet The Campaign
“The campaign has evolved a lot through time”, says Mireya Lousteau, one of the original campaign members, “From it’s inception, as soon as the cancellation was announced, a few of us began a prolific group called Bring Back The Borgias. From there, and as leaders came and went, it evolved to Save The Borgias. In order to reach more fans worldwide, we decided to replace the hashtag #SaveTheBorgias with just #TheBorgias. This way all the other countries that are just realizing season 3 is not the intended end of the series, will find us and join us. Once in a while, we will still see some #SaveTheBorgias tweets which are just fine.”
The Borgias creator, Neil Jordan, has shown his support for the campaign and even released a screenplay on Amazon called The Borgia Apocalypse to help wrap up the series but the fans are not satisfied. They want a season four and they’ve gone to great lengths to show how much they want it. The Showtime offices in New York City and Los Angeles recieved a big surprise in the form of thousands upon thousands of sardines! The fans wanted to make a reference to a scene in the show where Rodrigo Borgia is forced to eat sardines during the Catholic holilday of Lent. Rodrigo mentions in the scene that he feels “left in the wilderness” which is how all of the fans felt when the show met such an abrupt end.
“I personally hand delivered hundreds of cans of sardines to David Nevins’ office in L.A. in several shopping bags, breaching their ‘high security’ offices,” says Mireya. All sardines sent to the offices were later delivered to local food banks.
And they didn’t stop there. The fans recieved a lot of media attention when they flew a plane over the Beverly Hilton in L.A. where the 2013 TCAs were taking place. The Banner read: “D Nevins: Sho fans you care — save The Borgias.” See below:
They also organize tweetfests to rally other fans and to continue to make known their discontent through the means of social media. “There are many fans that join in on tweetfests which still are faithfully carried on every saturday and wednesday,” says Mireya,” But the heart of the army is a truly dedicated group which religiously (no pun intended) tweet some networks on said days.”
Speaking of networks, the fans hope that Netflix or Amazon will pick up the series. Although the group has never recieved a response from either popular streaming service, they still hold out hope that will soon change. The Borgias has a massive worldwide fanbase and the decision to renew the series for a fourth season could prove to be a smart one for Netflix, Amazon, or any other network.
It seems this army of faithful fans won’t rest until they come out victorious, and this victory will be sinfully sweet. “We’ve had a few disappointments,” Barbara (@BarbaraBkdv), longtime fan and campaign member, says. “But kept going.”
Where Are They Now?
Jeremy Irons will be starring in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice which is set to release later this year. Holliday Grainger recently starred in Disney’s live action Cinderella as Anastasia (One of Cinderella’s evil step sisters). Francois Arnaud is said to be currently filming Rapid Eye Movement and has recently starred on The Blindspot. David Oakes has recently starred in The White Queen as George Duke of Clarence and is set to star in two new period pieces, Endeavour and The Living and The Dead.
For More Information on The Save The Borgias Campaign, visit:
Official website: SaveTheBorgias.com
Twitter page: @SaveTheBorgias