Destruction was not his design. But Leonardo Da Vinci’s early years were fraught with angels and demons . . . and it’s the demons that fill one of the most ambitious and thrilling series of all time. Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the explosive third season of the critically-acclaimed Starz original series, “Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete Third Season,” on Blu-ray and DVD on January 26. Want it sooner? The complete third season releases on Digital HD on January 4, just one week after the series’ finale, via Starz Digital.
So what’s the fun? The conclusion of the historical fantasy series focuses on a young Leo as he struggles with his inner demons and outside forces in a battle to shape the future. The third season gives us da Vinci’s world as it comes crashing down when the city of Otranto is torn apart by an Ottoman invasion. On the battlefield, the Turks use da Vinci’s own weapons against him . . . . the designs for which were stolen by someone he trusted. This betrayal will haunt Leo long after the battle is decided, as will the deaths of loved ones lost in the fighting. When Rome instigates a Crusade against the Turks, he seizes the opportunity to join, but his mission is complicated by a series of grisly murders that terrorize Italy and threaten the Crusade itself.
We must applaud creator and executive producer David S. Goyer for this a story of the first true Renaissance man in a provocative series . Perhaps that’s why Lisa is smiling and not “Mona-ing?” The cast is superb, lead by BAFTA award-winner Tom Riley as tortured genius da Vinci.
Riley talks about playing the young da Vinci for three seasons. “It’ the role of a lifetime. I did a great deal of stuff before we started the first season, and I found stuff about him that I had no idea about and I certainly never got taught about in art history or even in the most basic lessons in school, which was what a difficult, headstrong, bigoted, temperamental, tantrum-throwing guy he was and how full of himself he was. And people don’t kind of like that version of him and they don’t know it. So when we presented that in the first season, I think a lot of people thought, ‘No, he was a legend, he was always wise and always humble about his own intellect.’ So over the first three seasons, over the course of the series, we were determined to take him from this headstrong, difficult character into this slightly more humbled and wise and philosophical version of himself that people remember.”