Medici The Magnificent: Final Season will return for a 3rd and final season. Here’s what we know so far, and what could be explored.
According to Deadline, Medici The Magnificent: Final Season is slated to appear on Netflix in early 2020, and will be directed by Christian Duguay. Like the previous seasons, this will be an 8-episode season. It will have many returning stars. Fans will recognize Daniel Sharman’s return as Lorenzo de’ Medici. Also, Sarah Parish will return as Lorenzo’s mother Lucrezia De Medici, and Synnøve Karlsen will still play his wife, Clarice. Story-wise, season 3 will start where season 2 finished, in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy.
With the scheming and assassination-happy Pazzi family out of the way, Lorenzo still risks war with Pope Sixtus IV (Raoul Bova), especially if Count Riario (Francesco di Raimondo — at least in season 2) has his way. Medici The Magnificent: Final Season will also put Lorenzo (and presumably his family and the Medici Bank) at odds with other characters, including a radical preacher named Girolamo Savonarola (Francesco Montanari). Other stars for season 3 include Toby Regbo, Francesco Montanari, John Lynch, Johnny Harris, Callum Blake, Aurora Ruffino, and Sebastian De Souza.
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Season 2 ended the Pazzi threat, but we don’t know specifically which actions the Pope will take (especially those of us who aren’t usually big history buffs). It will be interesting to see what season 3 does with Lorenzo and Clarice, given that their marriage was initially a matter of strategic convenience for the Medici clan.
If Lorenzo goes back to his mistress (Alessandra Mastronardi), there’s plenty of soap opera potential. Also, will the season look at all at the relationship between Guglielmo de’ Pazzi (Charlie Vickers) and Bianca de’ Medici (Aurora Ruffino)? If you recall, they were slated to be exiled by Lorenzo, due to Guglielmo’s family. How will Medici The Magnificent: Final Season examine this peculiar situation?
If you take even a cursory look at the Medici family history, you’ll see there is a lot to tell. One wonders, for example, if they’ll examine Lorenzo’s relationship with Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire (which came into play sometime after the Pazzi conspiracy, as a quick internet search can show). Also, Medici The Magnificent: Final Season could easily explore the arts some more.
Season 2 offered us Sebastian de Souza as Sandro Botticelli but Lorenzo was also a patron of the following artists: Piero and Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Obviously, focusing on the arts wouldn’t be quite as gripping as all-out, bloody war, but season 3 will likely at least nod in the direction of art appreciation. We know the Medici family didn’t reign forever, but there’s still plenty of material to work with.
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