Da Vinci’s Demons Season 1 Episode 8 The Lovers
Commonly known as “The High Priest” or “The Pope”, “The Hierophant” is the fifth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. A true “pontiff”, this trump card carries a suite of meanings, including, knowledge, status quo, power, social convention, tradition, deception and duality, notions that stood out in sharp relief in last week’s chapter of “Da Vinci’s Demons”. In a nutshell, “The Hierophant” had all the ingredients a penultimate episode needs to reach the pink of perfection. More than that, it unveiled a few of the mysteries which tantalized the show’s characters since the beginning of the season. After the Abyssinian showed him the way, Leonardo used his genius to manufacture an underwater suit and toiled through the deepest recesses of the Vatican. He ran into Pope Sixtus, who wasn’t quite reluctant to show him the archives. As likely as not, he hoped to lure Da Vinci to join the Vatican. However, beneath the holy city, Leonardo found something way more interesting… the mysterious prisoner with whom Count Riario was playing God a few chapters ago, no other than Lucrezia’s father. With her back to the wall, the spy struck Giuliano under the fifth rib while Zoroaster and Nico caught the Pope’s nephew on the rebound.
This Friday, in “The Lovers”… Now that Count Riario and the papacy get no change from Lucrezia, she is left to sink or swim. Although he still feels betrayed, Leonardo can’t leave her to the mercy of the Florentine elite. Therefore, he makes intercession to Lorenzo for her. In the meantime, the Pazzi conspiracy to assassinate Lorenzo on Easter Sunday is set in motion, the Turk tells Leonardo where to find the Book of Leaves and Count Riario raises his hand against the Duke of Urbino. Eventually, Lucrezia serves a startling revelation as Da Vinci tries to save the Medicis.