The Name of the Rose

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  • TV-MA
  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 6.9  (4,405)

In SundanceTV's gripping series, The Name of the Rose, viewers are whisked away to 14th century Italy, where a Franciscan friar named William of Baskerville (portrayed by John Turturro) and his young assistant Adso of Melk (played by Damian Hardung) are called upon to solve a series of mysterious deaths at a secluded Benedictine monastery. The show, which is based on Umberto Eco's best-selling novel of the same name, takes us on a journey through a time of great religious and political upheaval, as William and Adso attempt to unravel the truth behind the gruesome killings while navigating the complex webs of power and corruption that surround them.

From the very first episode, The Name of the Rose establishes a foreboding atmosphere, with dark and eerie visuals that perfectly capture the Gothic setting. The monastery is a labyrinthine structure, its stone walls seemingly alive with ominous whispers and shadows that lurk around every corner. Meanwhile, the monks themselves are a fascinating and eclectic bunch, each with their own secrets, desires and fears. There's the enigmatic and devout Abbot (played by Francesco Bentivoglio), who seems to be hiding something; the ambitious and scheming Salvatore (a standout performance by Greta Scarano), who is desperate to use the murders to her own advantage; and the wise and grizzled old librarian named Jorge (James Cosmo), who seems to know more about the situation than he's letting on.

Despite the show's Gothic trappings, however, The Name of the Rose is much more than just a mystery/thriller. At its core, it's a meditation on faith, reason and the power of knowledge. William of Baskerville is an unconventional hero, a man of science and logic in a world ruled by superstition and blind faith. His clashes with the more traditional members of the monastery are some of the show's most fascinating moments, as he struggles to reconcile his own beliefs with the deeply ingrained dogma of the medieval Church. Meanwhile, Adso, who is inexperienced and naive, serves as a kind of audience surrogate, as he watches and learns from William's investigations.

One of the show's greatest strengths is its top-notch ensemble cast, who all deliver nuanced and layered performances. Turturro, in particular, is a standout as William of Baskerville. He brings a wry and sardonic tone to the role, making the character both wily and endearing. Hardung, meanwhile, is a revelation as Adso of Melk. Though he's not as well-known as some of his co-stars, he more than holds his own, imbuing his character with a fragile innocence that forms a perfect contrast with William's world-weary cynicism. The supporting cast is also excellent, with Michael Emerson, Sebastian Koch and Rupert Everett all contributing memorable turns.

Even if you're not a fan of historical dramas or murder mysteries, The Name of the Rose is well worth checking out for its richly-drawn characters and haunting atmosphere. From its gripping opening scene to its stunning finale, the show will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you pondering big questions about love, knowledge, faith and the limits of human reason. It's a rare gem that manages to be both thought-provoking and entertaining, and one that's sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences.

The Name of the Rose is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on March 4, 2019.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
March 25, 2019
The death of Malachi shows everyone that the investigations carried out by Bernardo Gui have not served to unravel the mysteries that surround the abbey. Adso does not give himself peace for the girl's fate and asks William to do everything to help her. Baskerville decides to talk to the inquisitor, who initially seems to be listening to him but has actually already made a decision. After a hard confrontation with the abbot, the English monk has no choice but to solve the enigma of the "Finis Africae".
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
March 25, 2019
The arrest and the trial of Remigio help Bernardo Gui to make the Dispute fail and to involve the Franciscans themselves in the charge of heresy. The cellarer is subjected by the inquisitor to a harsh interrogation that forces the monk to confirm all the accusations that are made against him. Malachi, meanwhile, managed to get his hands on the missing book and bring it back safely to the library.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
March 18, 2019
Anna, thanks to the fog, dresses up as a boy and manages to infiltrate the abbey. The woman is looking for Remigio to ask him to give her back the letters that Dolcino had given him before being arrested and killed. But the letters have disappeared and probably ended up in the wrong hands. Severino, the herbalist monk, tells Guglielmo that he found a strange book in his laboratory: is it the memories of Dolcino or something else?
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
March 18, 2019
In the forest, the Occitan girl finds Anna wounded and unconscious and caring, restoring her strength. Meanwhile, at the abbey, the climate between the two delegations is increasingly hostile and wary. Informed of what is happening, Bernardo Gui begins to investigate Remigio, sure he has already met him in the past. Thus begins the dispute over the riches of the Church, with the Franciscans having a clear suspicion that the Pope is plotting to declare their doctrine heretical.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
March 11, 2019
The autopsy on Berengario's body reveals that the monk died drowned, but William discovers strange black spots on his fingers and tongue, similar to those seen on Venantius's corpse. During the night, Baskerville and Adso succeed in entering the library again, in search of the "Finis Africae" mentioned in the code of the dead miniaturist: is it perhaps the room where the key to the crimes is hidden?
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
March 11, 2019
Adso was the victim of a drug: one of the many tricks used to stop unwanted visits to the library. And, while William continues his investigations, the novice cannot resist the charm of the red-haired girl and flees again to meet her. Inquisitor Bernardo Gui is increasingly obsessed with the memory of Margherita and his trial, just as Anna tries to kill him.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
March 4, 2019
On the order of Abbot Abbone, and while the death continues to upset the life of the abbey, William asks the monks to try to shed light on the facts and all traces lead straight to the library, a sort of inaccessible maze of which only the librarian knows the secrets. Meanwhile, the brutal inquisitor Bernardo Gui, directed to the abbey with his armed escort, performs a bloody massacre in a refuge of Dolciniani heretics, exterminating the family of Anna, daughter of Dolcino and Margherita.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 4, 2019
Adso, a young German soldier who wishes to take his vows, meets William from Baskerville, a cultured and intelligent Franciscan monk, and decides to follow him. The two head to a Benedictine Abbey in the Alps, famous for its library, where a dispute will take place on the role of the Church and its wealth. At their destination, William and Adso discover that the abbey is in full commotion following the death of Adelmo, the miniaturist of the scriptorium: is it murder or suicide?
The Name of the Rose Trailer
101. The Name of the Rose Trailer
May 6, 2019
A murder mystery in an abbey.
Where to Watch The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose is available for streaming on the SundanceTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Name of the Rose on demand at Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 4, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (4,405)