Da Vinci’s Demons Season 3 Preview, Spoilers, And Updates [PHOTO]


“Da Vinci’s Demons” a historical drama on Starz, using the term historical lightly.

Beyond the titular sex and violence there is an interesting premise grounded in the fact that magic and science were similar pursuits at one point.

The show started out strong enough, but had a dip in season 2, no under the rudder of a new show runner the cast and crew are gearing up for an intense season 3.

Blake Ritson from “Da Vinci’s Demons” recently  talked about his character Count Girolamo Riario and what viewers can expect coming up in season 3.  “This season, it’s really morally complex,” Ritson said.

“All the characters are put through the ringer.

They’re all knocked off their pedestal.

There’s no neat little barometer of good and evil anymore.” “Essentially, right from the beginning, (Riario’s) considered himself to be this crusader for good.

He’s always wanted to essentially, save the world in his own kind of egotistical way. I think he’s in a particularly dark place this year.

He’s in search of a new reason to live.

He’s in search for God to answer his pleas.

It takes him into some pretty hairy situations.

It gets messy.” According to Crossmap.com Riley said, “He began sort of being a guy who could do anything and complete anything and was always the smartest, coolest, cleverest man in the room.” He added, “But he didn’t earn it, necessarily.

He was just riding on his brain, you know, just on his wits alone.

So that kind of hubris has slightly taken him into a darker place, and he’s caused all sorts of trouble, as we can see.

The sort of mess and deaths he left behind in season 2, the cliffhanger he’s found himself in at the end of season 2 has to be resolved somehow.” Tom Riley also told EW recently in an interview with the Da Vinci Demons cast, “It’s been hardest yet, the hardest work, and the hardest on Da Vinci-and me, at the same time.

They very much wanted to deal with everything that he had done up to this point.” Members of the cast were interviewed at New York Comic Con this year about what’s to come on the show.

“Riley revealed this about his character’s transition: “He began sort of being the guy who could do anything and complete anything and was always the smartest, coolest, cleverest man in the room,” Riley said.

“But he didn’t earn it, necessarily.

He was just riding on his brain, you know, just on his wits alone.

So that kind of hubris has slightly taken him into a darker place, and he’s caused all sorts of trouble, as we can see.

The sort of mess and deaths he left behind in season 2, and the cliffhanger he’s found himself in at the end of season 2, has to be resolved somehow.” Actress Laura Haddock spoke of what’s going on with the character of Lucrezia Donati: “We get to see her go through all the motions that someone who’s done something they feel guilty about goes through: denial, beating herself up for it, trying to rectify it, literally trying to purify her body,” Haddock said.

Gregg Chillin, who plays Zoroaster, gave details of what we might see in the first couple of episodes next season: “[Episodes] 1 and 2 of season 3 are like a two-hour war movie, and stuff happens on that journey where Zo kind of has to take charge of a situation that he’s never been in,” Chillin said.

“And he kind of gets so emotionally charged that he reveals bits about his past, about his family.” John Shiban, who is taking over as showrunner for the upcoming season, responded when asked whether the season premiere would be set up so that new viewers of the show could pick up at season 3 without being too lost: “We’re using [the Ottoman] invasion as a way to bring everybody together, and that way new people will quickly understand what Riario was facing, what Lucrezia’s facing, because they’re all facing one giant event,” Shiban said.

“It’s their Pearl Harbor.

It’s their 9/11.

The war begins, and you’re meeting all these people in light of that.” While we eagerly await season 3 revelations out of NYCC, here are a few Q&As from the August 26 set visit-with spoilers strategically excised.

(Is it 2015 yet?) EW recently interviewed the stars from the show who said the following, ” TOM RILEY: It’s been the hardest yet, the hardest work, and the hardest on Da Vinci-and me, at the same time.

They very much wanted to deal with everything that he had done up to this point.

The writers thought, What would be the most interesting thing to do to this kind of impenetrable hero, as he began? He began sort of being the guy who could do anything and complete anything and was always the smartest, coolest, cleverest man in the room.

But he didn’t earn it, necessarily-he was just riding on his brain, you know, just on his wits alone.

So that kind of hubris has slightly taken him into a darker place, and he’s caused all sorts of trouble, as we can see-the sort of mess and deaths he left behind in season 2-and the cliffhanger he’s found himself in at the end of season 2 has to be resolved somehow.

We’re only four episodes in [at the time of the interview], and it’s going like a rocket-and it’s going to continue to.

It’s going to be a very cool reveal at the top when you first see it …

Will Pascoe, who wrote it-who wrote [Hugo-nominated Orphan Black episode “Variations Under Domestication”] …

he was just determined to make this beautiful, self-contained story, and it really is-it’s heartbreaking.

And also what it allows us to do-and this is something else the writers were very keen on doing-is shedding some light on the Book of Leaves.

That’s what season 3 will do.

Yeah.

It’s going to be less kind of ephemeral-“Oh, this book.

This is this mysterious book.

We have to get it.” “Why?” “I don’t know; we just do.” This season …

not necessarily are we going to say what it is, but we’re going to say, “This is why it matters.” LAURA HADDOCK: I think for the first two seasons, Lucrezia was just a puppet, and she was just being told to do this and to do that: “Even if you don’t like it, still do it.

You might feel terrible, but I still need you to do this for me.

Not for you-for me.” And now this feeling in this episode-particularly in episode 4-I feel like it’s mine.

I think Leonardo is my truth, though …

Lucrezia’s truth.

That relationship and that feeling that she has when she’s with him is just completely real and honest, and it’s not fabricated like maybe other relationships she’s had with other people …

he woke something up in her.

Her whole life has been about avenging her sister’s death and doing what her father tells her to do.

In season 3, are we going to see a little bit of a return to form? We get to see her go through all the motions that someone who’s done something they feel guilty about goes through: denial, beating herself up for it, trying to rectify it, literally trying to purify her body …

and searching for the thing that she decides will cleanse her and would be a good thing to bring to Leonardo and say, “I know all the stuff that I did was so terrible, but I’ve done this thing for you, and I hope you can forgive me for-erm-destroying Florence.” GREGG CHILLIN, Zoroaster The last time we spoke, you said we were going to find out more about Zo in season 3.

GREGG CHILLIN: [Episodes] 1 and 2 of season 3 are like a two-hour war movie, and stuff happens on that journey where Zo kind of has to take charge of a situation that he’s never been in.

And he kind of gets so emotionally charged that he reveals bits about his past-about his family.

For me, it was like, “Oh my God! I’ve got a family! I’ve got a past!” And I think that’s what Shiban is doing this year, is really giving us all these amazing stories and pasts that have shaped our choices now, which is cool.

It’s been really rewarding creatively thus far.

Emotionally, where is Zo in season 3? [In season 1, he was] naïve and ignorant and not-just young, youthful, not particularly responsible for his actions, even though some of that moral compass stuff came into it …

He has grown into a definitely different, maturer Zoroaster, which has been really nice …

He’s kind of-not necessarily in a sad way, but downtrodden by life and his experiences, and because of that, he knows also who he is more.

It must be so difficult to break free from someone like Da Vinci, who is so clearly intelligent and a genius and blah-bi-da, but Zo does, because he knows who he is and the sort of person he wants to be, and he doesn’t want to be taken for granted, and he has a life to lead and relationships to build.

What about his friendship with Nico? I haven’t seen Nico yet, and we’re nearly halfway through the season …

so that kind of Scooby-gang element-even though I know people like that, but we’ve all been on our total different worlds, and we’re all just about to, as I say, rekindle in Florence.

JOHN SHIBAN, executive producer I’m a fan of the show, and I’m just wondering why the audience isn’t even bigger.

JOHN SHIBAN: What we realized is that true, hardcore fans even of genre work, but of TV-especially TV drama-come in for character, and they come in because they want to dig deeper into the character, not throw more things at the character.

So we dug into everybody, but especially Leo.

Leo has to face this season that his weapons and his ideas and his brain basically have been pillaged.

And the bad guys have his weapons, have made them better-basically, he has to fight himself.

Did you say “fight” or “find”? “Fight.” “Fight” and “find” in a way, because that’s kind of the struggle of us all to a certain extent: a battle with ourselves, more than external forces.

So we started with that as the spine and that kind of applies honestly to all of our characters; they’re all struggling with who they are and how they fit in this crazy world and which side they’re going to be on, and will they fulfill their parents’ wishes or will they go their own way.

Is episode 1 set up so that people new to the show can just pick up from there? Very much so …

We’re using [the Ottoman] invasion as a way to bring everybody together, and that way new people will quickly understand what Riario was facing, what Lucrezia’s facing-because they’re all facing one giant event.

It’s their Pearl Harbor.

It’s their 9/11 …

The war begins, and you’re meeting all these people in light of that.” Season 3 has no official release date yet, check back for more inforamation as it becomes available.

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