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The New Pope

The New Pope

Sky Atlantic 2020

As Pope Pius XIII hangs between life and death in a coma, charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat Sir John Brannox is placed on the papal throne and adopts the name John Paul III. A sequel series to β€œThe Young Pope.”

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The 10 Best Episodes of The New Pope

The New Pope - S1E9

#1 - Episode 9


Season 1 - Episode 9

John Paul III addresses his followers with a message of love that resonates. A historic meeting of the minds occurs after six children and their teacher are taken hostage on the island of Ventotene. As the Church prepares for battle, Voiello receives a visit from a man close to the caliph and a rescue mission has an unexpected conclusion.

The episode was rated from 217 votes.

The New Pope - S1E8

#2 - Episode 8


Season 1 - Episode 8

Sofia sets out to bring an ashamed Brannox back to the Vatican from the Dolomites, where the two share an intimate moment. Warned by Bauer of the Church's demise unless immediate action is taken, Voiello is called upon to make things right and, later, mourns a tragic loss. The nuns appeal to an unaccommodating Assente.

The episode was rated from 222 votes.

The New Pope - S1E7

#3 - Episode 7


Season 1 - Episode 7

In Venice, a papal doctor and his wife struggle to care for their sick son and witness a miracle. Pius XIII's devotees grow resigned and change course. An attack on Vatican soil shakes Brannox to his core and prompts him to admit a hard truth to Gutierrez. Sofia comes to Voiello for advice on how to handle the pope.

The episode was rated from 217 votes.

The New Pope - S1E4

#4 - Episode 4


Season 1 - Episode 4

Following an audience with Marilyn Manson, Brannox decides to pay a visit to Pius XIII and is confronted with the intensity of his predecessor's followers. Later, Brannox appoints Cardinal Spalletta, with whom he shares a past, to a new role. Voiello prepares for a long war with the defiant Sister Lisette after the nuns go on strike. The Church faces the prospect of bankruptcy as the Italian government looks to make changes. Gutierrez has a clandestine meeting, which he later confesses to the pontiff. An angry Fabiano questions Ester's commitment to her faith.

The episode was rated from 207 votes.

The New Pope - S1E1

#5 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

Following his sudden heart attack, Pope Pius XIII lies in a coma while his followers fervently pray for a miraculous recovery. As the threat of terrorism and the potential risks of Pius's idolatry loom, Secretary of State Cardinal Voiello is pressured to bring a new pope to power and, with the conclave at a deadlock, makes a hasty move that throws the Church into even greater chaos.

The episode was rated from 253 votes.

The New Pope - S1E6
#6 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6

A confrontation with Spalletta leads Brannox to deliver some unwelcome news to Voiello. Sofia learns what her husband has been keeping from her. Voiello ties up loose ends. Ester expands her business and takes drastic action when she is met with opposition. Brannox agrees to a live televised interview that asks him to delve into his past.

The episode was rated from 219 votes.
The New Pope - S1E5
#7 - Episode 5
Season 1 - Episode 5

A brutal act of terrorism in France leads to an unconventional response from the pope that strikes a chord with the public. Feeling disconnected from her husband, Sofia reaches out to Brannox, who shares more of his personal history. Pius XIII's followers flock to Venice when there's a sudden change in his condition.

The episode was rated from 209 votes.
The New Pope - S1E2
#8 - Episode 2
Season 1 - Episode 2

As rumors swirl about the Church's role in a sudden death, Voiello, Gutierrez, Assente, Aguirre and Sofia travel to the UK to the grand estate of Sir John Brannox, hoping to convince him to return with them to the Vatican and accept the holiest of roles. An alluring but sensitive man who carries with him an unshakeable family tragedy, Brannox is harder to sway than expected, but a determined Voiello presses ahead. Meanwhile, Ester shares her son's story with the press to makes ends meet.

The episode was rated from 229 votes.
The New Pope - S1E3
#9 - Episode 3
Season 1 - Episode 3

Still considering the offer of Supreme Pontiff, Brannox reflects on his past, while Voiello makes clear his commitment to his mission's success. After being elected pope and taking the name "John Paul III," Brannox preaches the importance of family, truth and love in his first public homily and to the cardinals. Ester bonds with Fabiano, a widower and new member of the parish, who offers an unusual solution to her money woes. The Abbess of St. Therese and an anguished Sister Lisette are disheartened when their financial pleas fall on deaf ears.

The episode was rated from 218 votes.

Last updated: nov 18, 2021



As usual, weird ending. However, this season was everything, from the story, music, depth of the characters and THAT speech by John Paul III. It made me for a second wanna become a theist. Great work. Another good addition to the great shows of HBO. Also, Good Time Girl by Sofi Tukker is great even without the sexy nuns dancing.


Good, but not great, and definitely not like The Young Pope. I was really hoping this would be like a 2nd season to TYP, but it's not. John Malkovich is perfect for his role, but his role is so depressing throughout the series. It's simply not entertaining to watch in my opinion. The character development is disappointing. Sofia Dubois is suddenly a short haired slut instead of the fascinated and supporting PR advisor of the Pope. Voiello is made weak instead of the intelligent and conniving secretary of state he was in TYP. Gutierrez has no purpose really, unlike in TYP. Oh and Esther is suddenly a slut as well, [spoiler]and a murderer[/spoiler]. Then comes the storyline. It's not interesting. Nothing fascinating in happening. In TYP we had Lenny's quest to find his real parents, his complicated relationship with Cardinal Spencer, his loving relationship with Sister Mary, and then Dussolier with his 'colorful' lifestyle. Each character was interesting and had a good backstory. More lacking from this show is Lenny himself (until the end), him having to outsmart basically everyone around him (and succeeding), and just sidestories like Gutierrez' adventure in the US, Lenny's trip to Africa and the miracles he seems to be able to perform. All of this is what made TYP so awesome, and it was all missing from TNP. It simply wasn't interesting anymore. I hope there will be a new season, and that it will be better.


The first episode was more gripping than a single episode in The Young Pope would have been, then it stagnated, then I fell in love with Brennox, then came the last two episodes and I lived and I died, while I was still sceptical of the show after the 1st season, these last two episodes really made me appreciate the whole of it, I wish it would've pulled me in earlier in the season. Overall, if you didn't _hate_ The Young Pope, you should watch it

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