Da Vinci's Demons

Season 1 Episode 3

The Prisoner

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 2013 on Starz
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  • Episode Summary

    When the Medicis receive the blame for an outbreak of demonic possession at a convent, they task Leonardo to investigate. Meanwhile, Riario challenges a mysterious prisoner.

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    • Da Vinci's Demons.

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      Okay, the prisoner in my opinion is Lucrezia' father which Girolamo Riario is using as leverage so Lucrezia would spy on behalf of The Vatican. Lucrezia poisoning the statue of Saint Anthony which Girolamo had given her & then at the end how Lucrezia set up Becchi to take the fall. Fantastic Episode, Love This Show.
    • The Prisoner

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      The Prisoner was another exciting and very entertaining episode of Da Vinci's Demons. I liked how the drama and intrigue escalated as Rome moved against Florence in a most unholy way. It was great to see Clarice step up and address Lucrezia and establish her superiority. Da Vinci made some stunning break-throughs. The scene at the forge was awesome. I liked how Riario and the mysterious prisoners game paralleled present events. Everything played out perfectly and I look forward to watching 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

    Michael Elwyn

    Michael Elwyn

    Gentile Becchi

    Guest Star

    Paul Westwood

    Paul Westwood

    Niccolò Ardinghelli

    Guest Star

    Sean Jackson

    Sean Jackson

    Gualberto

    Guest Star

    James Faulkner

    James Faulkner

    Pope Sixtus IV

    Recurring Role

    Hera Hilmar

    Hera Hilmar

    Vanessa Moschella

    Recurring Role

    Eros Vlahos

    Eros Vlahos

    Nicollò 'Nico' Machiavelli

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • The game that Riario and the prisoner are playing is called Go.  It dates back at least 2,500 years, originating in China.  It is a strategy game for 2 players, who place black and white 'stones' onto a grid, with the objective of surrounding more territory than one's opponent.


        Around this time, it is known that a number of Chinese delegations visited the Papacy, some staying for months.  It is not unlikely that they would have brought Go with them.


        The prisoner mentions that one of the most difficult strategies to master is called "Cross The Sea Unseen". This strategy entails identifying a weakness in the opponent's position that is unable to be exploited without supporting stones. The key is to add the required supporting stones without alerting the opponent to the danger. This is usually done by planning an attack that causes the opponent to drive your stones into the required supporting position.

      • The prisoner is being held in Castel Sant'Angelo, a castle which the the Papal state used as a prison.  It is connected to St Peter's Basilica by a elevated corridor, called the Passetto di Borgo.

      • When Clarice talks to Lucrezia, they are in the Magi Chapel of the Palazzo Medici.  The fresco she points to is an altered version of the Eastern wall section of the Procession of the Magi, by Benozzo Gozzoli.  This section is called the "Procession of the Young King". Despite Clarice's barbed comment to Lucrezia, Clarice is not actually shown in the original version. It was painted around 1460, when Lorenzo would have been 10 and he was therefore depicted as a small boy. The original can be seen by visiting the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.

      • Da Vinci states that Geoffroy du Breuil recorded an outbreak in the 12th century.  Geoffroy du Breuil was an abbot at Vigeois, France between 994 and 1184. In his chronicles, he wrote about a fiery convulsive sickness, which turned out to be ergotism.

      • Gentile Becchi is imprisoned in the Bargello Palace. However, at this point, the building was known as the Palazzo del Podestà, the residence of the Chief Magistrate (Podestà).  It was not turned into a prison until 1574, some 100 years after the period being shown.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Leonardo: If I dropped everything every time one of you decided to pursue some ill-conceived and asinine flight of fancy, I would never get anything done!
        Nico: Well I'll remember that the next time you decide to strap me or Vanessa into your glider wings.

      • Lorenzo: My brother saw one mad nun and thinks the Devil is at large in Florence.

      • Giuliano: Attend to your guns, Da Vinci. I've been tasked to handle this matter...
        Leonardo: And you're doing an admirable job. I hear you actually slaughtered one of the poor Sisters on the way in.
        Giuliano: It was an accident.
        Leonardo: Incompetence often is.

      • Giuliano: When you start licking paintings I think it's time to accept that the devil is here.

      • Lucrezia: Clarice, I know you love him, how can you even stand to look at me?
        Clarice: Because I know you will never be up on that wall.

    • NOTES (7)

      • Zita, Riario's slave girl, is described as being from Abyssinia.  Abyssinian is now known as Ethiopia and also included the country now known as Eritrea.

      • Lupo Mercuri identifies himself as attending the convent in his position as Prefect for the Sacred Congregation of Rites. The purpose of the Sacred Congregation of Rites was to regulate the exercise of divine worship and to deal with the Causes of Saints. However, it was not created until 1588, by Pope Sixtus V - over 100 years after the period being shown.

      • Ergotism
        In many European countries, the affliction visited upon the fictional Convent of Saint Anthony in this episode is known as St. Anthony's fire. The usual cause was eating grain-based (mainly rye) products that had been contaminated by the claviceps purpurea fungus.  Symptoms include seizures, spasms, nausia and psychosis.

      • An additional scene at the episode was shot.  It showed Giuliano and Leonardo riding home, with Giuliano grudgingly admitting that Leonardo had been effective.  Writer, David S. Goyer, has said that he really liked this scene and it helped to develop their relationship, but it had to be cut for time.

      • During the filming of this episode, a Go advisor was on set to ensure that the placement of the pieces was correct.

      • The Prisoner is the name given to the Eight of Swords, a Minor Arcana tarot card.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        UK: May 4, 2013 on Fox

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The sparring between Verrocchio and Botticelli was very similar to a famous exchange between Winston Churchill and Lady Astor.
        Lady Astor: Mr. Churchill, you're drunk!
        Winston Churchill: Yes, and you, Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow, I shall be sober.

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