Da Vinci's Demons

Season 1 Episode 6

The Devil

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM May 17, 2013 on Starz
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  • Episode Summary

    Piero and Lorenzo leave to meet the Duke of Urbino, in the hope of securing military assistance against Rome. Meanwhile, Leonardo journeys to Romania in his quest for the Book of Leaves and encounters 'Vlad the Impaler'. Back in Florence, Giuliano's search for the true spy continues.

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    • The Dark Prince.

      10
      I just started watching the series not too long ago. I have got to say I have seen many shows and many depictions of Dracula but none have even come close to being good since Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula ( 1992 ) It was very nice to finally see a worthy portrayal of such an iconic character. If another remake were to be made I would cast this guy.moreless
    • Clash of Renaissance Titans

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      Great depiction of Vlad Tepes (1431-1476). As the show is set in 1477, the notorious Count Dracula could already be starting his eternal blood lust.
    • Da Vinci's Demons.

      10
      Nice way to introduce Vlad The Impaler (Dracula). Always thought that Leonardo's mother was still alive. Another Fantastic Episode. Thumbs Up.
    • The Devil

      10
      The Devil was an awesome episode of Da Vinci's Demons. I really enjoyed watching because the story lines were entertaining and the take on Dracula was actually good. The Pope get's physical when angered. I liked how Lorenzo made an alliance with Urbino in order to secure the position of Florence. I liked how he showed off to the Pazzi's of Florence. Leonardo helps a myaterious prisoner of Vlad's and gets a clue to fiind what he seeks at a great sacrafice of flesh. It was sad and creepy. I liked how things played out and look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!!!



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    Tom Riley

    Tom Riley

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Laura Haddock

    Laura Haddock

    Lucrezia Donati

    Blake Ritson

    Blake Ritson

    Count Girolamo Riario

    Elliot Cowan

    Elliot Cowan

    Lorenzo de' Medici

    Lara Pulver

    Lara Pulver

    Clarice Orsini

    Paul Rhys

    Paul Rhys

    Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia ('Dracula')

    Guest Star

    Shaun Parkes

    Shaun Parkes

    Solomon Ogbai ('The Abyssinian')

    Guest Star

    Garnon Davies

    Garnon Davies

    Server

    Guest Star

    Alexander Siddig

    Alexander Siddig

    Aslan Al-Rahim ('The Turk')

    Recurring Role

    Tom Bateman

    Tom Bateman

    Giuliano de' Medici

    Recurring Role

    Gregg Chillin

    Gregg Chillin

    Zoroaster

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Vlad III earned his nickname through impaling tens of thousands of Turks on stakes. 'Vlad Tepes' is Romanian for "Vlad the Impaler", which is why Leonardo uses this title in the episode.

      • The red marks on Vlad's face, caused by being struck by lightning, are known as Lichtenberg scars.

      • Leonardo states that one of Vlad's titles is Prince of Transylvania. Transylvania was a separate region and Vlad was never a Prince of it.

      • The poisoned drink that Leonardo brought for Vlad was Tuică, a traditional Romanian fruit brandy, usually made from plums.

      • Clarice tells Giuliano that she must take the fertility potion in order to produce a boy, as an heir to the House of Medici.  In fact, by this point, she and Lorenzo had 4 children, 2 of which were boys.  Additionally, she had given birth to twins and another daughter, but they died shortly afterwards.  These are probably "her earlier failures" that she mentions.  They would go on to have two more children: a son and a daughter.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Leonardo: Ave, Vladislaus Dracul Filius, vaivoda partium Transalpinarum. Prince of Transylvania and Wallachia, son of Vlad II known as Vlad Dracul or Vlad the Dragon, which makes you Vlad III, Son of the Dragon, or as it is known in your language: Dracula.

      • Leonardo: You two can go on. I feel like I could sleep for the next week
        Nico: As could I.
        Leonardo: That's because we've all been poisoned.
        Nico: what?!
        Leonardo: Drink some antidote.
        Zoroaster: That bastard he slipped something in our drinks?!
        Leonardo: No. I did.

      • The Abyssinian: I must tell you of the key you seek.
        Leonardo: The other key that opens the Vault of Heaven?
        The Abyssinian: It's waiting in Rome, there for your taking and when you have both keys...Your mother, Caterina, she is alive. She carries the Book of Leaves for us, beneath the hitching post of the sun in a town made of stone, in the land on my map.

    • NOTES (8)

      • Timeline
        Vlad III was assassinated in December 1476, approximately the same time as the Duke of Milan was murdered, shown in Episode One.

      • Vlad's Poenari Castle is is located on a cliff, on the West side of the Transfagarasan road in Arges County, close to Lake Vidaru and the Fagaras Mountains.

      • The Telescope
        The credit for inventing the refracting telescope is usually given to Galileo (~1610) and that for the reflecting telescope to Isaac Newton (~1670). However, Leonardo discussed these ideas in his notebooks about one hundred years beforehand.


        On page 59v of the Codex Atlanticus, there is a design for large astronomy telescope and what some believe to be a study of light reflection of a concave mirror. He mentions in his writings ...making glasses to see the moon enlarged. This dates from around 1490.


        In the Codex Arundel, around 1513, he describes using a primitive reflecting astronomical device based on a concave mirror: ... in order to observe the nature of the planets, open the roof and bring the image of a single planet onto the base of a concave mirror. The image of the planet reflected by the base will show the surface of the planet much magnified.

      • The Season 1 DVD release includes a deleted scene from this episode.


        It features Zoroaster and Nico.  As they are shown into their room by Vlad's serving girl, they hear screaming.  On wondering why she doesn't speak, Zoroaster looks in her mouth to discover that her tongue has been cut out.


        This scene immediately the meal with Vlad, where they all drink Leonardo's poison.  The subsequent scene sees Leonardo being led through the castle by Vlad.

      • Wallachia is a historical and geographical region of Romania. It is situated north of the Danube and south of the Southern Carpathians.

      • Vlad's patronymic, Dracula, inspired the name for Bram Stoker's vampire.

      • The Devil is the fifteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        UK: May 24, 2013 on Fox

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