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Jordan 'heartbroken' at Borgias end

Neil Jordan has revealed he is "heartbroken" over the surprise end of The Borgias.

The historical drama, created by the Irish filmmaker, has been cancelled by US network Showtime and will end after the third series, reported Deadline.

"I would have loved to bring all the characters to a conclusion. All of the actors were heartbroken we couldn't continue, and so was I," he said.

"I wanted a totally biblical ending, for the Pope to burn in hell. That is the proposed two-hour finale, with the Pope dying and no one willing to hear his confession."

Jeremy Irons portrays scheming Rodrigo Borgia aka Pope Alexander VI, with Holliday Grainger as his daughter Lucrezia and Francois Arnaud as son Cesare.

Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins insisted there are no plans to make a feature-length episode to wrap up loose ends at the end of its third season.

"I was reluctant to do an extra two hours disconnected from the whole that could be potentially anti-climactic. Now we have a nice upward build towards the finale. We have a nice ending, a good climax, and I didn't want to muck it up with an afterthought," he said.

The epic finale will be shown on US screens on June 16, while the third series begins in the UK on Sky Atlantic on June 17.

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