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Friday, 06 April 2012


The way this season of “Spartacus: Vengeance” has gone, you know there is some serious bloodletting in the finale, “Wrath Of The Gods.” And this time, several major characters will breathe their last.  Let’s get right to the glorious carnage.
We start with Spartacus, looking down from Vesuvius. A sneak attack is planned on the Roman soldiers at the bottom, a desperate attempt to get food, no doubt.  But the attack doesn’t go quite as planned, and amongst the bloody battle, someone close to Spartacus falls: Mira.  She takes an axe to her chest. Spartacus carries her to safety, but it’s too late; Mira bleeds out. Spartacus grieves, somewhat more out of honor to Mira than true love felt for her.

Spartacus blames Nemates for the botched attack. Tensions are frayed all around.
Meanwhile, Lucretia and Ilithyia speak while taking a wagon ride. 

Glaber’s wife is determined to have the baby born in Rome, while Lucretia laments being given to Ashur by Glaber. The two ladies come up with a plan to rid Lucretia of Ashur. Ilithyia gives Glaber Seppius’ bracelet. Glaber responds in the manner as intended by the ladies, but then throws Ilithyia a curveball, telling her that Lucretia must be done away with.  Ilithyia is shocked, to say the least.
Glaber makes his move on Ashur, who thinks his mercenaries will stand with him.  However, they are mercenaries, after all, and abandon Ashur after Glaber agrees to pay them handsomely. However, instead of killing Ashur, Glaber plans to use the slave to deliver a message to Spartacus.
With literally nothing to lose now, Ashur ascends the mountain and offers up Glaber’s deal: give up and everyone’s lives will be spared, albeit going back to cruel servitude.  Obviously, Spartacus turns down the deal. Crixus challenges Ashur to a mano-a-mano duel, but he and everyone else is surprised when Maevia wants to fight him. She radiates fierceness and a desire for revenge, but it is clear that, while vastly improved as a fighter, she is no match for Ashur. But she does maneuver herself  in prime scrotum-slicing position, and cleaves Ashur where he lives. She then hacks away until she finally severs his head. Ashur’s head is delivered to Glaber. Tonight’s second death: Ashur.
Lucretia tells Ilithyia of her freedom, but unbeknownst to her (or at least we think), Ilithyia approaches Lucretia, whose back is to her, with intentions of pushing her to the water below. But when Lucretia suddenly turns around, she sees that Ilithyia’s water has broken. The baby is coming!
It’s rousing speech time again. Spartacus rallies his troops, saying in essence that they will be regarded as gods in the future for what they’ve done to stand against Glaber and the Romans. The warriors are united, with a look between Oenomaus and Gannicus signaling the end of their feud. They go off to their task, which involves sneaking on the Romans and commandeering their fireball catapult. They use the contraption against the Romans, burning their encampment to the ground. More to this pitched battle in a moment…
Meanwhile, Ilithyia is being tended to by her servants, but she hears a cry. Then, Lucretia appears, bloodied from killing the servant. She then kills the other slave, leaving her alone with Ilithyia. Lucretia has gone quite mad. She proceeds to do a Caesarian on Ilithyia, eventually leaving the room with the infant boy. Ilithyia crawls after her, reaching Lucretia as she stands at the precipice of the building, babbling about how happy her dead husband would be with a son. With that, she and baby go over the side to a watery death, or apparently so. Thus, the major character to die this time is: Lucretia??
Back to the battle. Boy, is it bloody hell. The Egyptian is so formidable, it takes both Oenomaus and Gannicus to take him down. Of course, one of the two loses his life in the process: Oenomaus. He dies a hero’s death, and is truly reunited with his old friend before he expires.  As for Spartacus, he eventually gets the best of Glaber in battle, and says that, in response to Glaber’s claims that Rome will kill him one day, “Maybe, but this isn’t the day!”  He thus delivers the killing blow, a sword to the inside of his throat.
With that, Spartacus and the remaining warriors rejoice. They probably know that the Romans will redouble their efforts. But that is a concern for another day (and season).  Spartacus has achieved his vengeance. The end…for now…
What did you think?


  1. I loved it, but Lucretia dead? I doubt it. I mean her and Spartacus are the 2 characters the show really can't lose.

    1. Sorry to bust the bubble but Lucretia is dead. A producer confirmed that said he couldn't figure out where she'd fit in with the new season.




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