jeremy irons borgias season 3 'Borgias' canceled by Showtime: Series finale airs June 16It’s bye bye to “The Borgias” at Showtime, as the cable network officially cancels the historical drama after three seasons.

Deadline reports that although Showtime was recently considering a standalone TV movie in place of a full fourth season, the network has confirmed that the upcoming Season 3 finale on June 16 will also serve as the series finale.

Apparently the decision was prompted by both financial and creative concerns, as a TV movie would have been quite pricey and network executives feared the storyline could have been “anti-climactic.” Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins tells Deadline that the upcoming series finale serves as a “nice ending [and] a good climax.”

Series creator Neil Jordan shared his plans for the wrap-up movie with Deadline: “I wanted a totally biblical ending, for the pope to burn in hell,” Jordan says. The plan involved a dying Pope Alexander VI (Jeremy Irons) searching for someone to listen to his confession. By the time he finds someone willing to hear it, he learns it’s already too late — he’s actually dead. “This satisfies all moral feelings about the pope,” Jordan tells Deadline.

Although Showtime won’t be making it, Jordan plans to shop the “Borgias” movie concept elsewhere.

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