List of Da Vinci's Demons episodes
Da Vinci's Demons is an American historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. The series was conceived by David S. Goyer and is filmed in Wales. The show has been generally well received by critics and has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. The series premiered in the United States on Starz in April, 2013. During the course of the series, 28 episodes of Da Vinci's Demons aired over three seasons.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||April 12, 2013||June 7, 2013|
|2||10||March 22, 2014||May 31, 2014|
|3||10||October 24, 2015||December 26, 2015|
Season 1 (2013)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"The Hanged Man"||David S. Goyer||David S. Goyer||April 12, 2013||1.042|
|The Duke of Milan (Hugh Bonneville) is assassinated just before Easter 1477. Lorenzo gets extremely angry when he receives the news and the Medici plan a Carnival to get the people's support. Meanwhile, Leonardo da Vinci has designed a flying machine that works, using his apprentice Nico as guinea pig. The Pope Sixtus IV is revealed to have homosexual relationships when his nephew Riario comes to announce the success of their plan in Milan. The Vatican plans to move on Florence, but also wants to prevent the Turk from getting the Book of Leaves. Leonardo has fabricated a model mechanical pigeon that flies without wires for the Medici house but has problems with the full version. He gets into trouble with the Guard defending the Turk and he's captured and beaten by the Guards, under orders from his father, who wants him to stay away from the Medici. Leonardo visits the Turk, who tells him about the Sons of Mithras, the Book of Leaves and his missing mother, making him remember a painful memory from his past and asking him to search for the Book. Lorenzo Medici gives Leonardo the contract to paint his lover Lucrezia, and he takes the opportunity to sell him his designs of airplanes, automatic load cannons and tanks. At the Carnival, Leonardo's mechanical pigeon flies and he has a sexual encounter with a masked Lucrezia, who's later revealed to be an agent of Riario and the Vatican. She tells the Pope about the weapons Leonardo is planning for Lorenzo and about his encounter with the Turk.|
|2||2||"The Serpent"||David S. Goyer||David S. Goyer & Scott M. Gimple||April 19, 2013||0.503|
|Leonardo begins building a war-machine for the Medicis, a mortar of sorts, and his first attempt fails. However, Lorenzo gives him one week to fix it. Meanwhile, Leonardo also continues his search for the Book of Leaves. The Pope sends his nephew to investigate Leonardo and learn more about his prowess.|
|3||3||"The Prisoner"||Jamie Payne||Story by : Scott M. Gimple
Teleplay by : Scott M. Gimple & David S. Goyer
|April 26, 2013||0.382|
|Riario visits the Pope to inform him about Da Vinci. Da Vinci goes to a monastery where Vanessa came to aid sisters, who are claimed to be possessed. Because of these incidents, Lupo Mercuri, the curator of the Vatican secret archives, comes to fight the demons, and offers help. Da Vinci disapproves Mercuri's acts, Da Vinci himself not believing in demons. Because of his disbelief, Da Vinci searches for a different reason to the possessed acting sisters.|
|4||4||"The Magician"||Jamie Payne||David S. Goyer & Jami O'Brien||May 3, 2013||0.419|
|Pope Sixtus sends Riario to Florence for terms of surrender for the city. Da Vinci discovers more to the Sons of Mithras and the Medici family's involvement in its mysteries. Lucrezia takes drastic measures to ensure her safety. Da Vinci comes to the aid of Florence and fends off Rome's invasion with inspiration from the pomegranate. But his successes are short lived when he abruptly gets arrested.|
|5||5||"The Tower"||Paul Wilmshurst||Joe Ahearne||May 10, 2013||0.464|
|The trial of Da Vinci for sodomy is immediately revealed to be a mere political ploy of Rome to disgrace the Medicis and Da Vinci realizes that he'll need to resort to more clever ways to thwart the supposed fair trial he's getting. Meanwhile, Lorenzo tries to woo the King and Queen of Spain into using the almost bankrupt Medici Bank to give it a much needed fiscal input. Da Vinci gets a surprise visit from the Turk that coaxes him into remembering an even more surprising memory from his childhood.|
|6||6||"The Devil"||Paul Wilmshurst||Brian Nelson & Marco Ramirez||May 17, 2013||0.548|
|In an effort to learn more about the location of the Book of Leaves, the Turk sends Da Vinci on a mission to locate and rescue the Abyssinian, a cartographer who might help Da Vinci in understanding the map. But the cartographer is being held deep in the Romanian countryside by a terrible foe who is revealed to be none other than Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula. Lorenzo offers the Pazzi to marry his brother Giuliano to Camilla Pazzi to end the feud between the two families. Leonardo and his friends manage to rescue the Abyssinian, but he is too hurt to survive. However, he shows Leonardo a tattoo which will allow him to decipher the map and tells him to carve it out his arm to find the Book of Leaves, which is being guarded by Leonardo's missing mother. Meanwhile, Giuliano discovers Dragonetti has records of everyone who broke the curfew and investigates them in order to find the real spy. Lorenzo is attempting to form an alliance with the Duke of Urbino against the impending Roman war and Pope Sixtus is growing ever more tired of Count Riario's failures.|
|7||7||"The Hierophant"||Michael J. Bassett||Sarah Goldfinger & Corey Reed||May 31, 2013||0.451|
|Needing to find the second key, Leonardo builds an underwater suit and uses it to enter the Vatican from the sewers. The Pope tries to persuade the Duke of Urbino to help him conquer the Medici. Giuliano is angry when Lorenzo tells him he must marry Camilla Pazzi, but after a night with Vanessa, she convinces him it's the best for Florence. The Pazzi family stages a reunion with their co-conspirators, one of which is revealed to be Captain Dragonetti while another is killed for having doubts. After Leonardo enters the Vatican, he threatens the Pope and enters the Vatican's secret archive, where the Pope shows him some of its secret treasures in hopes of luring him to his cause using his thirst for knowledge. Riario discovers Leonardo's entrance, and uses his suit to find his friends. Leonardo fights his way out the Vatican. Nico tries to torture Riario and discovers he wears the second key around his neck. While escaping, Leonardo finds a mysterious prisoner, who turns out to be Lucrezia's father and Leonardo works out she works for Rome to save him. Leonardo offers to free him but he refuses. Leonardo escapes and reunites with his friends, who show him a bound Riario and he strips him of the key. Lucrezia tries to escape Sienna disguised, but she's captured by Riario's men. Giuliano arrives in time to save her and confronts her for her betrayal, but she stabs him. Unconscious, he floats down the river.|
|8||8||"The Lovers"||Michael J. Bassett||Story by : David S. Goyer
Teleplay by : Brian Nelson & Corey Reed
|June 7, 2013||0.379|
|13 years ago, in a reunion of the Sons of Mithras in Constantinople, Al-Rahim told them about Leonardo's coming and gave Cosimo an astrolabe to hide, while the signs (read by a cloaked figure implied to be Leonardo's mother) said only one of them will live to see that future. In the present, Leonardo and his friends make plans to leave Florence. A rare Turkish hawk guides Leonardo to Al-Rahim, who tells him to embark in a ship called the Basilisk, which he will be able to guide to the place the Book of Leaves is hidden using Cosimo's hidden astrolabe. He tells Leonardo that his choice is to embark and triumph or not do it and fail. Meanwhile, in Florence, Giuliano is late for his wedding after being missing for several days and Lorenzo orders Dragonetti to find him. Francesco Pazzi wants to kill Lorenzo already, but Riario does not want to make him a martyr. Vanessa discovers she's pregnant with Giuliano's child while he wakes up after being saved by a poor man. With his master's help, Leonardo discovers the secrets of Cosimo's tomb and retrieves the hidden astrolabe. Dragonetti and his men intercept Giuliano while he's returning to Florence. Lorenzo is angered with Leonardo's plans to leave, who also informs him of Urbino's betrayal. When Lorenzo asks for his price, Leonardo names Lucrezia but Lorenzo's answer is cut short by the arrival of Dragonetti's guard. Another guard warns Riario, who decides to poison Lorenzo and his family during Easter Mass the following day. Meanwhile, Giuliano discovers Dragonetti's betrayal but on their way back, Dragonetti changes his mind and saves Giuliano's life. Leonardo buys boat passages for Pisa. Afterwards, he confronts Lucrezia about her actions, telling her that her father refused to be freed. She warns him of the Pazzi conspiracy, but he refuses to do anything. In Rome, the Pope argues with Lucrezia's father, who turns out to be his brother. The next day, the priests poison the Eucharistic wafers. Leonardo tells Zoroaster to delay the boat and runs to the church. Giuliano arrives at the church in time to prevent his brother's assassination, but he is killed in the resulting showdown. A repentant Lucrezia saves Clarice and her daughters, but she's caught by Riario, who offers Dragonetti the option to save the Medici women in exchange for Lucrezia, which he accepts. Francesco hurts Lorenzo in the neck, but Leonardo arrives in time to save him and they hole up in a lateral room of the church. Lorenzo sees Lucrezia's ring hanging around Leonardo's neck, and promises to kill him for sleeping with her. But then Riario blasts open the doors of the room. Leonardo and Lorenzo's fate is left hanging.|
Season 2 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|9||1||"The Blood of Man"||Charles Sturridge||David S. Goyer & Corey Reed||March 22, 2014||0.578|
|Leonardo helps the wounded Lorenzo to escape from the Pazzi, but Lorenzo is dying from loss of blood. With Verrocchio's help, Leonardo creates an improvised blood transfusion, giving his own blood to Lorenzo. While weakened during the transfusion, he has visions. While Lorenzo and Leonardo are incapacitated, Riario and the Pazzi attempt to take over Florence. Clarice and her children barricade themselves in the Medici palazzo. Zoroaster and Lucrezia attempt to commandeer the Basilisk to find the Book of Leaves, but Riario captures them and takes the ship for himself.|
|10||2||"The Blood of Brothers"||Peter Hoar||Jami O'Brien||March 29, 2014||0.391|
|Riario attempts to execute Zoroaster and Lucrezia by making them walk the plank while chained together, but they survive. Riario proceeds on his way to the Americas, while Leonardo attempts to help Lorenzo to regain control of Florence. He rigs up a form of amplifier using bells, so that Lorenzo can be heard in much of the city center. Lorenzo rallies the people to defend the republic and reject the attempt by the Pazzi and Ferante to take over Florence. With Lorenzo back in power, Leonardo says he must leave to find a ship to continue his search for the Book and his mother. Lorenzo gives his blessing, and, to signify their new bond, gives him the smaller of the two Medici longswords, cleverly hidden within the larger one by Cosimo.|
|11||3||"The Voyage of the Damned"||Peter Hoar||Brian Nelson||April 5, 2014||0.408|
|Pretending to be Count Riario, Leonardo attempts to take over a ship, but Prince Alfonso of Naples, who knows Riario personally, exposes him. Leonardo and Zoroaster escape, but Alfonso takes the ship, which has a cargo of slaves. Leonardo invents a pedal-powered submarine in order to sneak under the ship unseen, while Amerigo Vespucci joins Alfonso on board. After nearly failing, Leonardo and Zoroaster get on board the ship with Amerigo's help. Lucrezia convinces Mercuri to enter the Castel Sant'Angelo to meet her father: the real Pope Sixtus IV. The false Sixtus seeks to isolate Florence by excommunicating the city.|
|12||4||"The Ends of the Earth"||Charles Sturridge||Marco Ramirez||April 12, 2014||0.432|
|Crewed by liberated slaves, Leonardo's ship sails west. But the slaves are convinced they will fall off the edge of the world. Leonardo tries to prove to them that the world is round, but when his calculations of how the positions of the stars will shift turn out to be inaccurate, the slaves rebel. Leonardo realizes that his calculations would be corrected if the earth traveled round the sun, rather than the opposite. But it is too late to convince the slaves. In Rome, Lucrezia meets her father and convinces him to make her a partner in his plans. Lorenzo and Piero, meanwhile, are traveling incognito to try and convince Naples to switch sides. Flashbacks reveal how the false Pope replaced his brother, murdering Lucrezia's sister in the process and driving her on to revenge.|
|13||5||"The Sun and the Moon"||Jon Jones||Dan Hess & Corey Reed||April 19, 2014||0.426|
|Leonardo and his men land on an unknown shore and find the wreckage of the Basilisk there. Amerigo decides to return to the ship to chart the newly discovered land, vowing to Leonardo to stay on the coast for three months. Meanwhile, in Naples, the captured Lorenzo and Piero bribe a guard for a meeting with Lorenzo's former lover, Duchess Ippolita, in the hope of meeting the King. Back at Florence, the Medici bank associates plot to displace Clarice as the bank's leader with the help of Carlo de Medici, Cosimo's long-lost bastard son. Leonardo and his crew are captured by locals and are brought to Machu Picchu, where their arrival has been expected by a mysterious priestess, Ima. Back in Florence, Carlo turns the tables on the Bank associates and reinforces Clarice's position; that night, they give in to their attraction.|
|14||6||"The Rope of the Dead"||Jon Jones||David S. Goyer & Matt Fraction||April 26, 2014||0.255|
|Leonardo and Riario have to survive a series of grueling tests before they can enter the Vault of Heaven. Leonardo is bitten by a poisoned snake, and Riario must find the antidote while being hunted by warriors. Ima has sex with the feverish Leonardo, who experiences a series of visions while drugged by the poison. In his dreams he sees his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, and meets himself as an old man, who reveals that the enemy stalking Leonardo and the Sons of Mithras is known as the Labyrinth. Meanwhile in Naples, Lorenzo is also having to face a life-or-death trial. The deranged King Ferrante places Lorenzo on a gibbet with a hangman's rope round his neck. Lorenzo must kill a galloping horse tied to the other end of the rope with a single bow shot. If he fails, he will be hanged. On the road to Constantinople, Lucrezia encounters al-Rahim, who offers advice in the form of the ghost of Lucrezia's long-dead sister, Amelia.|
|15||7||"The Vault of Heaven"||Peter Hoar||Brian Nelson & Marco Ramirez||May 3, 2014||0.340|
|Leonardo successfully solves all three puzzles of the Vault, but is betrayed by Ima, who says he must be sacrificed to save her people. From the vault, he hears his mothers voice. Clarice and Venessa are attacked in Florence, with Carlo narrowly saving the day.|
|16||8||"The Fall from Heaven"||Peter Hoar||Jonathan Hickman & Corey Reed||May 10, 2014||0.420|
|Leonardo and Riario are to be sacrificed by Sapa Inca; Zo and Nico are to be enslaved. However, they escape, and Leo takes the key to the vault back from Ima. They enter the vault, but instead of the Book, find a brazen head with Leonardo's mother's voice recorded in it. Using makeshift parachutes, they escape from the vault; Ima is devastated by the absence of the Book of Leaves. Leonardo and the others are picked up by Amerigo. Outside Constantinople, Lucrezia convinces the Sultan's son to visit the Pope in Rome, who promptly rejects his offer of peace and humiliates him. In Naples, Lorenzo is forced to surrender to King Ferrante and The Pope.|
|17||9||"The Enemies of Man"||Justin Molotnikov||Story by : Brian Nelson & Marco Ramirez
Teleplay by : Allison Moore & Marco Ramirez
|May 17, 2014||0.439|
|Returning to Florence to find it occupied by the Duke of Urbino, Leonardo joins forces with Carlo to free Clarice and liberate the city, but Carlo reveals himself to be an agent of the Labyrinth and kills Verrocchio. Meanwhile, Lucrezia is interrogated by the Sultan's soothsayer, who after learning the truth of Lucrezia's parentage explains that her father wants to start a war between Christendom and the Ottoman Empire. Riario, now wanting to follow the true Pope, asks for absolution, but the real Sixtus angrily rejects him. Later, in Naples, Ferrante is assassinated, thus putting Lorenzo at the Pope's mercy.|
|18||10||"The Sins of Daedalus"||Peter Hoar||Story by : Brian Nelson & Corey Reed
Teleplay by : Corey Reed & Marco Ramirez
|May 31, 2014||0.435|
|Leonardo, reeling from Carlo's betrayal, is healed by al-Rahim, who suggests that the Book of Leaves has been in Constantinople the whole time. Vanessa, to her shock, is placed in charge of the House of Medici when a distraught Clarice seemingly abandons the city. Nico's full name is finally revealed. Riario is found, tortured and turned by the Labyrinth. The Sultan's son returns to Italy with a large fleet seeking revenge, prompting Naples, Florence and Rome form an unlikely alliance when Lucrezia delivers an ultimatum from the Sultan. Just as it looks like Leonardo might save the day again, a shocked Piero reveals that the Sultan's soothsayer is Leonardo's mother.|
Season 3 (2015)
On October 24, 2015, Starz released the full third season of Da Vinci's Demons on-demand.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|19||1||"Semper Infidelis"||Peter Hoar||John Shiban||October 24, 2015||0.238|
|Da Vinci successfully sinks the Turkish warship holding his mother and the Ottoman prince, ostensibly sealing a natural bottleneck and blocking the Turk’s route to attack Otranto. Otranto spends the night celebrating and savoring their apparent victory. The next day, the Turks unveil advanced technology and resume their attack with an overwhelming advantage. Duke Alfonso is killed and the city is occupied. Lorenzo is wounded and captured. Leonardo, Piero, Zoroaster, and several other survivors manage to hide themselves in an abandoned building and are confronted with a fully functioning Turkish version of Da Vinci’s tank design.|
|20||2||"Abbadon"||Peter Hoar||Amy Berg||October 31, 2015||0.250|
|Leonardo, Piero, Lorenzo, Zoroaster, and several other Italian survivors take shelter in a church. Da Vinci encounters a vision of Al-Rahim, who confesses that he supplied the Turks with Da Vinci’s war machine designs. Leonardo and the rest of his party escape the church after Piero allows himself to be captured to buy them time. Vanessa attempts to gain influence over the members of Florence’s republic in the power vacuum created by Lorenzo and Clarice’s absence. Clarice heads to Rome to hunt Carlo de Medici. She has an altercation with a high ranking member of the Labyrinth and manages to take him captive. Leonardo and company escape Otranto via an underground tunnel. Leonardo decides to return to Otranto to rescue his father despite Zoroaster’s objections. Leonardo finds Piero in line for execution along with the rest of the captured Italians. Piero loudly praises Leonardo to the Turks while Leonardo listens hidden in some bushes. Piero is executed.|
|21||3||"Modus Operandi"||Alex Pillai||Jesse Alexander||November 7, 2015||0.233|
|Clarice tortures the captured member of the Labyrinth. She is disrupted by a noise and finds her subordinate murdered in the other room. She encounters an unseen individual whom she recognizes. Da Vinci decides to pledge his allegiance to Pope Sixtus to gain the funds necessary to build an arsenal of war machines to use against the Turks, which causes him and Zoroaster to have a falling out. Sixtus agrees to fund Da Vinci under the condition that he assists Riario in solving the recent murder of a powerful cardinal. Zoroaster encounters Lucrezia smoking opium in a bar. Sixtus prepares to take a bath and finds Clarice’s crucified body. Da Vinci’s dissects Clarice’s corpse and finds evidence that leads him to her hideout. Riario, under orders from the head of the Labyrinth (called "the Architect"), knocks Da Vinci unconscious from behind and delivers him to Carlo. Carlo begins to torture Da Vinci as part of the Labyrinth’s conversion ritual. Da Vinci begins to hallucinate.|
|22||4||"The Labrys"||Alex Pillai||Will Pascoe||November 14, 2015||0.231|
|Da Vinci hallucinates a future life where he has married Lucrezia and they have a son together. Back in reality, Riario attempts to persuade Carlo and the Architect that Da Vinci is more valuable to the Labyrinth alive than dead. Da Vinci’s hallucination progresses. The Architect decides to administer a poison guaranteed to either convert Da Vinci to the Labyrinth or kill him. Da Vinci wakes up on the side of a road, having been rescued by Riario.|
|23||5||"Anima Venator"||Mark Everest||Kevin McManus & Matthew McManus||November 21, 2015||0.201|
|Da Vinci and Zoroaster reconcile and return to Florence. Leonardo's mother is shown to still be alive. Lucrezia tracks down Lupo Mercuri in an attempt to gain information as to the whereabouts of the Book of Leaves. Upon discovering that he is keeping a group of young women prisoner underneath his house, Lucrezia is imprisoned alongside them. Lorenzo is revealed working in a Turkish forced labor camp. Da Vinci experiments with improved explosives designed to counter the Turkish tanks, but is unable to damage a captured piece of Turkish armor. It is revealed that the armour has supernatural properties and connections to Vlad the Impaler. Late that night, Da Vinci finds Captain Dragonetti murdered and chases down the killer, who is revealed to be Riario.|
|24||6||"Liberum Arbitrium"||Mark Everest||Jennifer Yale||November 28, 2015||0.191|
|Da Vinci keeps Riario chained up in a building. Riario reveals that he no longer wishes to be part of the Labyrinth but believes he is evil beyond all possibility for redemption. Da Vinci attempts to undo the Labyrinth’s brainwashing and Riario is possessed by a murderous alter-ego.|
|25||7||"Alis Volat Propriis"||Colin Teague||Liz Sagal||December 5, 2015||0.102|
|Lorenzo returns to Florence, but is a changed man and refuses to let Florence join the war against the Turks. Leo is banished from Florence by Lorenzo, while Zoroaster and Nico join him to seek Vlad the Impaler. Lucrezia finds Leo's mother and a secret about her latest friend, Sophia, is discovered.|
|26||8||"La Confessione Della Macchina"||Colin Teague||Jesse Alexander||December 12, 2015||0.120|
|Da Vinci returns to Vinci, and the special place he stumbled across as a boy. There he is greeted by Carlo. Riario confesses his murder of Clarice to Lorenzo. Nico and Zo are warmly greeted by Vlad. Sophia frees Da Vinci who faces and defeats Carlo. Vlad challenges Zo to a special game of chess, with Nico′s life on the line. Vlad reveals this to be a test of loyalty that Nico and Zo pass and the armor is revealed. Sophia treats Da Vinci for his wounds and attempts to read the Book of Leaves, which they realise must be read under moonlight so they return to the special place and discover some of its characteristics. In the moonlight, Sophia and Da Vinci see very different perspectives of the page that combine into a weapon that is as powerful as it is uncontrolled. Vanessa offers Lorenzo intimacy.|
|27||9||"Angelus Iratissimus"||Peter Hoar||Amy Berg||December 19, 2015||0.120|
|Da Vinci and Sophia struggle with focusing their weapon, a problem that Zo inadvertently resolves. Lorenzo and Vanessa continue their relations though Vanessa makes clear she is not to be bought. Sixtus absolves responsibility for Riario's fate in Florence as the trial is swiftly conducted and the sentence of death handed down. Vlad is introduced to Sixtus by Nico. Sophia reveals she easily decoded Da Vinci's cipher and asks about his journal. Da Vinci notes that he and Sophia are only half-siblings, her father likely being Aslan Al-Rahim. As Da Vinci, Sophia and Zo reach the arranged meeting point informed by Vlad. But Zo and Sophia are caught.|
|28||10||"Ira Deorum"||Peter Hoar||John Shiban||December 26, 2015||0.202|
|As the final battle draws near, Lorenzo and Vanessa are becoming increasingly intimate. An imprisoned Lucrezia kills the Sultan′s son, enabling the escape of her, Sophia and Zo to complete Da Vinci′s plan. However, Lucrezia is killed by arrow in the process. At his planned hanging, Riario confesses to murdering Clarice, however talks his way out of being killed by swaying the crowd with his speech primed by The Architect. Da Vinci draws the Turks into battle in an open field, where Vlad is killed by his brother, the Turkish Commander. On the brink of victory, the Turks are killed by an electrical field that is created by the completion of a circuit created by a kite that Lucrezia released before dying. Vlad is then shown to be undead. Riario returns to the Vatican where he kills his father, Sixtus, cuts the papal ring off Sixtus′ hand, puts it on and kisses it. Lorenzo recognizes the bastard child as his, making Vanessa happy and proclaiming his prosperous future. Da Vinci and Zo head back to Florence with Sophia, while Nico stays in Naples to help with rebuilding. As a final line, Da Vinci quoted Verrocchio to Zo: ″People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.″|
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