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'Da Vinci's Demons' 2x09 'The Enemies of Man': Saving Florence again

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Leo’s mom: “You must beware the labyrinth. Beware the Enemies of Man. They are everywhere.”

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“The Enemies of Man” is the May 17 episode of “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Reminder: this article has spoilers, so read at your own risk. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. The season finale of “Da Vinci’s Demons” airs May 31 on STARZ.

We're back in Florence! Man, things have really gone downhill since the last time we checked in. Duke Federico (eye patch dude) and his men have taken over Florence. But have no fear, Leo is here to save the day. Aside from the fun of watching Leo work, this storyline shows us a darker Clarice. She kills Federico herself instead of letting Leo finish him off. It will be interesting to see how being captive has changed Clarice.

Carlo suddenly became a lot more interesting. Of course now I also want to kill him, but hey, at least he no longer bores me. Carlo is revealed to be the labyrinth, an enemy of man. He not only slices Leo but he kills Andrea, which is so far from okay. Somehow I suspected that Andrea would die. He came around to the Book of Leaves in this episode, and so I feared the worst. Sadly, I was right. Will you miss Andrea?

It's nice that we finally have a character to put with the Enemies of Man. Before they were just this very strange group of people we were told to fear. Sure, the flashes of the skull cloaked people were creepy, but we never knew how dangerous they were. Now, we have seen one of them act. There's not only betrayal but also a thirst for revenge. You don't just kill Andrea and get away with it.

Poor baby Riario, he isn’t doing so well. He now searches for absolution for serving a false idol. What this storyline really highlights is that Riario is nothing without some higher power, whether that be the Book of Leaves or the church. Now it seems the Enemies of Man will be Riario's next higher power, of sorts. Hopefully Riario joining will allow the writers to showcase the inner workings of this organization. The downside is that it will once again put Riario and Leo on opposite sides. I enjoyed them teaming up together. What are your Riario thoughts?

Lorenzo is still trying to negotiate with Sixtus and the King of Naples. Yeah, it isn't the most exciting storyline in the world. Lorenzo has been negotiating, or trying to, for a while now. However, Alfonso killing his dad definitely makes it a bit more exciting. The only issue is why didn’t Alfonso do this before? Perhaps Sixtus approved it or suggested it.

What did you think of the episode? I’m not sure what is about to happen with Lucrezia, but it can’t be good. Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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