"The Borgias" introduces second season

Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia and Lotte Verbeek as Guilia Farnese in The Borgias Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia and Lotte Verbeek as Guilia Farnese in The Borgias
Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

(CBS News) The second season of Showtime's drama "The Borgias" premiered Sunday night as Pope Alexander VI settles into his throne and assesses his kingdom.

SPOILER ALERT

In the season premiere, Rodrigo Borgia, played by British award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, explores a romance with someone other than Giulia (Lotte Verbeek) - a woman disguised as a man so she can work as a sculptor. But, Guilia finds her own way to make it work.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo's children, Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and Juan (David Oakes), have a power struggle that turns violent.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Irons explained that fans can expect to see more of his relationship with his children.

"In Season 2, we start to see the effects of what happened in Season 1 on the children, and the main thrust is how I (as pope) deal with my children who are growing up in different ways," said Irons to the paper.

"The Borgias" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Tell us: What did you think of the season premiere?

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