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'Da Vinci's Demons' 2x02 'The Blood of Brothers': Taking back control

Leonardo: "There are worse things crouching in the shadows than Riario."
Leonardo: "There are worse things crouching in the shadows than Riario."
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Lorenzo: “Whispers of forbidden knowledge to entertain adolescent boys.”

Leonardo: "The Medicis are wise. They will realize how lucky they are to have you among them."
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Leonardo: “Perhaps you remember lying on my slab while my blood pumped through your veins. Forbidden knowledge saved your life.”

“The Blood of Brothers” is the latest episode of “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Reminder: this article has spoilers, so read at your own risk. To refresh your memory on what happened last time, click here. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Da Vinci’s Demons” airs Saturday night at 8 on STARZ.

When Lorenzo comes to, he has a lot to learn about what has happened while he was out. The majority of this episode focuses on Florence, and what is currently going on. The writers continue to show the streets in chaos, and even the issues how rumors of Lorenzo’s death could affect the Medici bank. It is necessary to show Lorenzo achieving his status again and handling the traitors. His speech to the people was fantastic, and it is nice that the writers throw in some Leonardo magic in there as well with the brass plates. Thankfully, the chaos of Florence has quelled for now. Another episode that solely focuses on this would be too much. However, Rome is still planning their next attack, but hopefully, it should be different enough that doesn’t feel like a repeat of the riots in the streets that consumed the first two episodes. Plus with Leonardo on his journey, the focus should be primarily on that, and so while we will obviously spend time checking in with Florence, it will not make up the entirety of the episode. What are your thoughts on the state of things in Florence?

Alright, it looked bad for Lucrezia and Zoroaster in the last episode. Personally, I had made my peace with their death, but thankfully, they live! The two of them are very tricky characters, and it would have been a shame to lose them. Their banter is absolutely fantastic, and it is great to see them spend time together one on one because it did not happen last season. Sadly it seems like Lucrezia is going to part ways with Leonardo and Zoroaster. Her conversation with Leonardo is heartbreaking, and it reminds viewers of their connection, but also of Lucrezia’s goal in doing everything that she has done. She wishes for freedom, and it will be interesting to see what path she takes to achieve it. What did you think of Lucrezia during this episode?

Here are some thoughts on the relationships in the episode. Lorenzo and Leonardo grow a lot in this episode. The first season shows Lorenzo appreciating the value of Leonardo’s work. This episode showcases Lorenzo understanding Leonardo more and accepting him as a brother. Sadly, since Leonardo is leaving, the two of them won’t spend time together for a while, but it is great to have this relationship development in this episode. Zoroaster and Leonardo are reunited, but Zoroaster sets his limit with how far he will follow Leonardo. After rescuing Nico, Zoroaster is done. This is a slight change in the relationship between Leonardo and Zoroaster. Typically, Zoroaster has done whatever asked of him, and so it is great to see him stand up a bit. It will be interesting to see if there is any noticeable difference in the two of them in the next episode. What did you think of the episode?

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