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Not since Dickie Greenleaf had Law found a character so suited to his particular combination of good looks and arrogance, his cocky mien suggesting that desirability and divinity may be more or less the same thing. Sexiness, The Young Pope appeared to imply, is next to godliness. He is also, much to the chagrin of the cardinals who elected him, a tyrant: conservative, full of hellfire, and seemingly immune to the temptations of the flesh. If The Young Pope had been the show the internet believed it would be—one about a cool, bed-hopping pope remaking the Catholic church in his own libidinous, liberated image—it would have been DOA, a one-note gag that was not terribly insightful to begin with. For the most part, Lenny is empty, a man obsessed with the absence of his real, flesh-and-blood parents, hoping to appease a different kind of Father. What is new about The New Pope? Because the HBO series is not being released all at once but episodically, knowing exactly what to say about its plot is challenging. With Lenny Belardo now indisposed, the Vatican must vote for a replacement. First, a Pope named Francis with socialist leanings is appointed, then dispatched. A more moderate man is nominated for the job, and after some self-deprecating murmuring, he acquiesces.
Skip navigation! Story from TV Shows. After a season one cliffhanger with no sure plans of a season two, HBO's The Young Pope returned tonight in its second installment, The New Pope , aptly named because there is a new pope in our midst. And no better sequence summarizes the opulent and over-the-top series better than its brand new opening credits. The way Lenny stops to wink at the camera at the end encapsulates the coquettish essence of the show.