The First Episode
Written by Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contrarello and Stefano Bises
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Series premiere. 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 makes a hasty move.