Spartacus: War of the Damned "Separate Paths" Review: Such Sweet Sorrow

Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 8: "Separate Paths"

Spartacus traffics in death. Spartacus piles up corpses the way Sex and the City piled up puns. In 37 episodes, it’s logged more kills than Full House logged studio-audience “awws” in eight years. It’s the kind of show that lends itself to keeping a body count tally that crosses double digits week in and week out, yet still only reflects a fraction of the true scale of death conveyed by the story. Any show that kills off a major character faces plenty of challenges, but Spartacus’s nature makes it even trickier—and more imperative—to imbue individual demises with proper weight.

Telling a story rooted in historical fact is equally challenging, for similar reasons: Lending dramatic weight to events we know are coming carries an extra degree of difficulty. And with only three episodes remaining in this series, and the historical outcome of the Third Servile War far from in question, we had to expect that several, if not most, of our favorite characters would be meeting the gods soon enough.

All of this should be prologue enough to deter any spoiler-phobes who have somehow arrived here before having watched “Separate Paths,” so now we may pour a pair out for Crixus and Agron. After leading a ragtag army of warriors who had once been chattel to the doorstep of Europe’s most powerful city, they fell in appropriately somber, gut-wrenching fashion.


The episode reckoned with the challenges I mentioned above by leaning into them, telegraphing Crixus’s impending doom almost from the word go. Much of the hour served as a send-off to the Undefeated Gaul, from the return of his gladiatorial sobriquet to his fiery oratory rallying the troops for the final assault; from he and Naevia reaffirming the depths of their romance to the three separate farewells he exchanged with Spartacus. All those moments invoked touchstones from the show’s history, recounting moments of glory and loss with the sentimental pangs of a series gearing up to say goodbye. Fittingly, Crixus’s battle cry cited inspiration from Oenomaus, the only character so far whose death has meant as much to the rebel soul as this one.

It wasn't only Crixus who received the heroic valedictory; Agron and Naevia (who’s not officially dead yet, but as good as) were right alongside him for a sweeping, operatic sequence dramatizing their violent exploits across the Italian peninsula. Director TJ Scott pulled out all the stylistic stops in a montage charged with the same reckless abandon as its subjects. If at times it went a bit over the top (even by Spartacus’s standards), well, damn if these badasses haven’t earned it. 

Yet when it came down to the final moment, the episode wisely played it small and personal. A tight shot on Crixus’s face as he bid Naevia a silent goodbye, a look of something approaching peace settling over him before the blade fell. It was, quite possibly, the closest to serenity the Gaul has ever managed. The soundtrack dropped out, the background vanished. None of the show’s trademark gore greeted Crixus’s beheading; he scarcely even shared the frame with his executioner. This was a moment between lovers: The last we saw of Crixus was as a glint in Naevia’s eye. 


The build-up, economically evoking Crixus’s full character arc in the span of the episode, generated exactly the right payoff: a stew of grief and pride and satisfaction at a story well-told. The last minute of “Separate Paths” was exactly the sort of punch in the gut great television can deliver. 

Not for nothing was it Tiberius who swung the blade on both Agron and Crixus, as it’s clear by now that Spartacus's writers really wants us to concentrate our hatred on him. As if determined to ensure that both Crassus and possible spinoff subject Caesar retain a measure of audience sympathy, the show has made Tiberius the repository for the Roman side’s slimiest sins. Throughout the episode he was playing on a level of dickery that would make Joffrey Baratheon applaud, conniving to leverage every advantage possible from the disarray he inadvertently helped trigger.

That disarray found its strongest expression at the top. Contorted by the pain of personal and professional losses, Crassus’s considerable ambition and ego had driven him to the breaking point. (Among targets of said breaking: his troops’ morale, Metellus’s face bones.) As his future fellow triumvir pointed out, his sense of control has been one of Crassus’s most valued assets. At a moment of crisis, that asset deserted him. 


Kore shoulders no small part of the blame for that. Although Caesar uncovered her true motive for escaping—a revelation that could wipe out all the favor Tiberius has gained with the imperator—he set office politics aside for fear of compounding Crassus’s dangerous discord. Caesar was the only one thinking practically throughout, the angel on Crassus’s shoulder trying to drum some sense into him. And what thanks does he get? Finding himself victim of Tiberius’s humiliating yet untraceable wrath, in a scene that was flabbergasting both for the brutality of the power shift it represented and for the fact that, well, that’s about the last thing you’d ever expect to happen to Julius Fucking Caesar.

Still, Crassus recognized that the glory of taking down the Bringer of Rain would be awfully Pyrrhic if he let Rome be overrun in the process. Which, for the time being, left Spartacus’s contingent free to flee... after one last, critical mission: storming a villa to stage a going-away party! After driving so many wedges between Spartacus and Crixus, it was a bold, heartening move for War of the Damned to ground their ultimate schism in a place of kinship and mutual respect. They revolted for the freedom to choose their own paths, and thus so it was only natural that those paths would someday diverge. That the crossroads was one of priorities rather than strict ideology made the fateful moment bittersweet, while still preserving the brotherhood that has formed the emotional foundation of the series.

It also provided an opportunity to take the temperatures of the main characters as the end nears. Crixus and Naevia, of course, were still fueled by the lust for vengeance; since their respective fights began, they each knew the only end for their journeys would come battling Romans. Agron, whose ironclad loyalty to Spartacus has been his defining trait, nevertheless can’t fathom turning his sword into ploughshares. Gannicus demonstrated again why his has been the show’s most dynamic arc; the man who once fought blind to purpose or principle now opted for protecting another over the kamikaze charge.


But the biggest reveal belonged to Spartacus, who admitted that two years of ceaseless battle and the responsibility of defending so many helpless souls have taken their toll. He’s achieved his personal vendetta, brought down both the man who enslaved him and the man who facilitated both that enslavement and his wife’s murder. He’s also watched thousands die ugly, and thousands more suffer from deprivation every day. 

However noble Crixus’s desire to secure the deaths of his enemies might be, no less so is Spartacus’s goal of preserving the lives of his allies. Whether the latter will have more success than the former did is the pressing question for the final two episodes.



NOTAE ALIAE

– How does Crixus’s fall rank among potent TV character deaths for you? On a scale of Star Trek redshirt to Joyce Summers, I put this squarely in the Alaric Saltzman-Juliet Burke range.

– Pretty perfect that Spartacus and Laeta had to throw off the sparks of one more verbal sparring session before finally consummating things. Like every great romantic comedy pairing, their attraction is rooted in mutual intelligence and snappy repartee. Repartee about owning human beings as property, in this case, but repartee nonetheless!

– Equally perfect: “You yet stand Roman—a thing I can never hold to heart.” “It is not your heart I am after this night.” Nanciscere id, puella!

– If Sybil has tempered Gannicus’s hedonism, he’s inspired her to cut loose a little in return. Their boozy flirtation recalled a goody two-shoes high schooler trying on a new attitude at her first frat party. Though I guess that would make Saxa the spurned sorority mean girl.

– Please, no jokes about Caesar getting his salad tossed. Security is prepared to escort you off the premises.

– Lest we might think Agron’s loyalty had wavered, he reiterated it in what he deemed a pretty distasteful way by helping Laeta assemble her shelter. “It baffles fucking sense, yet he appears to carry affection toward you.”

– Kore: Not great at staying inconspicuous, but at least able to prove her value to the group as a midwife.

– Let us sing one last tribute to Manu Bennett, who proved again he is one of television’s premier bellowers. Hopefully Slade will get to let loose a battle cry or two over on Arrow.

– Flaming bowling balls of death? Flaming bowling balls of death! #flamingbowlingballsofdeath

– “No ground held is certain in times of war.”

– “Look at the cock on this one! Dangling as if from Jupiter himself.”

– “We built their mighty republic, with our hands and our blood and our lives. And we can see it fall, at equal cost. You opened my eyes to this, Spartacus, do not ask me now to close them.” Crixus’s speechifying this week was truly worthy of Jeff Winger.

– “Has he at last gone fucking mad?”

– “Things were simpler between us when the bond stood only as hate.”

– Spartacus and Agron’s parting kicked up a little dust, too. “Gratitude, standing by my words even when you did not believe in them.” “I believed in the man. And always shall.”

– “And reason you’re not upon horse?” Womp womp.

– “I would not have you so easily from this world, Gaius.”

Body Count: 67 clear-cut kills, hundreds (thousands?) more impossible to count, putting this metric at 437, in striking distance of the Roman numeral D.


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Great ep. Crix was an amazing character to watch grow over the past couple of seasons.
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In the 8 Episode When Cricsus die playing the music whos know whats this name Soundtrack? plz help me to found it
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At first i thought this episode going to be "Meh" then after killing two main characters and literally fucking a badass villain , it is easily one of the best!
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I was reading some responses. Some people wanted an epic fight scene for Crixus or Agron, but don't you think it would have been a little silly for Caesar, Crassus or Tiberious to have a serious toe to toe battle with either of those two? Of course it would have... the show extensively established that. It would have flushed away everything that we knew about the gladiators up until that point. I'm sooo glad they didn't try to pull any of that crap, because it would have been silly.
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Spartacus's decision to not peruse the Roman didn't make any sense to me and it still doesn't. Even possibly perusing the Romans with a different strategy? It would have been one thing if Spartacus actually provided information about being at any type of disadvantage if they were to pursue the Romans, but his only persuasive argument was essentially that he was burnt out. What was the point of everything, to only run in the final stretch when the Romans are at the most vulnerable position they've been since the whole thing started. It's a gargantuan obvious mistake, because Spartacus only chance was for the parted army to win, otherwise his remaining pack will be easily done for. So if that's the case why wouldn't you at least have the best potential army to fight the Romans? Once again he provided no arguments to the contrary about having any type of disadvantage.
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If I understand you correctly you want Spartacus and Crixus' entire army and take Rome? Where do you leave the women, children and old people. In the serious, long shot that they take Rome then what? All the Legions will come in from everywhere and kick there asses. Even Crixus knew it was a suicide attack to begin with; It was to send a message. What Crixus did bought Spartacus a few days of lead time.
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Great episode! How lame was the scene where they rolled those balls of fire down the hill. I don't think those things even killed 1 person? Great idea for a scene, horrible execution. Didn't they watch it before they decided to air that way?
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I have been a devout fan since the very first episode. I even own all 3 seasons on DVD. I will not purchase this season as the writers have 'run out of gas'. Actually ever since the Batiatus character was removed the story has been declining. The actors remain true, it's the story writing. We all know the Spartacus tale, but the 'shock content' has become uncreative and unentertaining as compared to what it once was. What is so sad, is that I now rather look forward to "Dallas" each week!
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I don't know what your smoking. This season is a gargantuan improvement from the second season Vengeance. Season 2 was just barely watchable. If it wasn't for the legacy of the first season and the mini serious, season 2 would have failed miserably. If I remember correctly it took until the 5th episode before season 2 developed any form of entertainment value. Even after that, it wasn't anything spectacular. The worst episode this season surpasses anything they put out during Vengeance. This season was more then I could have ever hoped for. I didn't even bother watching this season until the 3rd week, because Vengeance left me feeling that the show couldn't be successful outside of the Arena. I was wrong, this season kicks ass.
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Andy, Please make sure Spartacus ends up on the FTW list!
Still grieving over Agron's death or impending death as well as Crixis
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My main man Gannicus; I hope if he goesm he goes out in absolute epicness. Crixus in these past 3 episodes has been a man possessed and I was still hoping he'd go on mental Gaul right until the very end...
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This was by far one of the best episodes ever, if not one of the saddest with the death of the mighty Crixus. Knowing the history of Spartacus and his rebels doesn't make the end any easier, but this show is doing a fantastic job of getting us there. Losing Crixus was hard but now it will be even harder watching these last two episodes knowing neither he nor Aragon won't be there (although from the previews it appears we may see Aragon getting crucified), and Spartacus' death is that much closer. I loved the way Crixus' death was filmed - it was tough enough knowing that it was coming, but I appreciated his beheading being done through the eyes of the woman he loved more than himself. I could feel Naeva's pain and anguish through her eyes as it happened. Truly haunting and beautiful.
Watching that conniving raping bastard Tiberius take out both Crixus and Aragon was tough to see, but hopefully he will receive a fitting death, preferably someone taking a hot poker and sticking it up his ass while simultaneously cutting off his nuts with a rusty spear. I don't care who does it as long as it gets done. He deserves a gruesome death.
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Question: why didn't Nasir fight to go with Agron? he kind of just agreed to say and help Spartacus. Why? I am sure if he really insisted, Agron would have relented. I didn't get that. he has put up with Agron's temper in the past, why not fight this one?
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I thought exactly the same thing.
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If you think of Agron's request as a final/dying wish, then it makes more sense as to why Nasir would honor it. Agron all but admits that he is committing suicide marching with Crixus to Rome, his last wish? To know that Nasir would go on living, as he clearly stated.
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I think Nasir knew that Agron wanted him to go on and have a life even if he didn't make it. Agron loved Nasir so much that he was willing to let him go so that he could have a free life. If at least one of them is able to survive then the fight was worth it. I loved their final moment together.
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Very moving indeed. This show has been one of the most memorable. Crixus was powerful and emotional to the end. Other than Game of Thrones, I just don't see anything of this calibre on TV. I know Starz is pushing that DaVinci show, but I don't know if I will even bother.
I will buy this series on DVD as soon as all the seasons are available
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I agree that there is not much on TV that grips you like Spartacus and Game of Thrones. Walking Dead has its moments but it don't happen consistently enough.
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Spartacus, Son's of Anarchy, Revenge, Pretty Little Liars plus others but I giving up on GOT
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There is no show that can make you feel the way you feel when watching this show, bottom line. It is beautifully done, inspires passion, and makes you want to kick the f%&i out of kids born of Crassis. Despite Caeser being perhaps a little sore after the raping, he didn't seem to do so badly in the fight. Well, until Crixus had him pinned.
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Crixus' death certainly had me crying in the Alaric Saltzman-range. It was a great episode, putting us in a mood for saying goodbye all around, and this review made me laugh a couple of times, so I feel prepared for the emotional wring-out that the next episodes will be.
I can't believe how much I've come to love this show. When my brother first harrassed me to watch this, I couldn't possibly see how a show with blood and nudity every two seconds could possibly have any point or story to it, and it has one of the strongest storylines with the best writing I've ever seen on a show. I am so going to miss it when it's over.
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Farewell brother Crixus! It lifted spirit knowing you!
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Caesar's bad ass attitude was very entertaining. I use "was" because due to this disgraceful shit cunt Tiberius now I can't take Caesar as seriously as before. He was my favorite Roman character...R.I.P Julius FUCKING Caesar!
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This episode was portrayed beautifully.
You guys need to remember that Crixus died on that battlefield. (Next will be Spartacus)
I DID NOT LIKE THE WAY CAESAR WAS TREATED!!! (yet funny) :D
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Fantastic episode. Unfortunately Crixus’ fate was sealed, because while the writers of the show introduce a lot of fantasy, they make it fit quite well with History. Like Caesar’s presence for instance. While he was certainly not an important part in the war, there are no records of him during that time, so his presence in the show doesn’t contradict anything. The only thing that bugs me is the existence of the imaginary Tiberius, but I trust we will be given an explanation. I believe his father will know of his treason and disown him, ordering that no one mentions his very existence ever. Case closed.

Speaking of Tiberius, the part I didn’t get was the rape. I guess they wanted to give Caesar a reason to kill him, because he certainly will.

With two episodes to go, now that we are short of main characters I hope they don’t kill Gannicus until the last one, since his historical counterpart didn’t die until near the end of the war. On the other hand, Spartacus will very probably live. His body was never recovered, so either the writers have him fatally wounded and dying in peace among friends away from the battle, or they let him live. And if they do, there’s a very exciting possibility: what if Caesar gives him a new identity and his character crosses over to the spinoff show they’re supposedly producing? Now that would be cool!
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That last paragraph is a pretty big spoiler. Most of us haven't studied the history, and aren't particularly interested in hearing what's going to happen on the show before we see it.
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Sorry man, not my intention
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Great episode, but sad to say the least. And I don't see how they can make Tiberius any more despicable. Somebody please kill that little SOB! And start by cutting off his manhood with a dull rusty knife...slowly.
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What an amazing episode. First of all, I don't watch the episode for a history. I have been truly entertained. Agron and Nasir was so moving as was Naevia and Crixus as Crixus remarked that the newborn was born into a life of "piss and shit". They have been two consistent love stories so it was so gut wrenching to see them both end.
I will miss the show. The last shot from Naevia's eye was just excellent cinematography. Crixus never changed as a character and I admired that. He went out as he wanted...taking as many Romans as he could.

I look forward to how Caesar will changed the dynamics of the war. I don't see enough o make me be interested in his spinoff so he has 2 more shows to win me over. On the other hand, I would have loved Spartacus to die but Gannicus and Sybil to lead the rebels over and Gannicus get a spinoff. But I know Gannicus dies in history so he'll probably die here too.

"My heart will never beat for another".. Much love to Agron & Crixus. You will be missed.
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Even when i knew that Crixus was going to die this episode, it was still weird to actually see it...and that by the brat Tiberius....!! Same for Agron...also by Tiberius...unbelievable...i was so hoping that someone would kill his sorry ass.....Goodbye Gaul! You were awesome!!! Love seeing him in Arrow do..

This episode was brilliant...i cannot describe it a different way. Everything was done well. The goodbye saying brought us back to all the things they have done together...good or bad..was a nice touch...

2 more episodes....wonder how all it will end...
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It was just too sad you knew what was coming. Awesome opening, awesome middle, awesome end. Truly sad it was the end for Crixus, but then, wouldn't be real if it were not in the coming.
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note: a history based possible spoiler:

re: "Not for nothing was it Tiberius who swung the blade on both Agron and Crixus, as it’s clear by now that Spartacus's writers really wants us to concentrate our hatred on him"

Crassus was an actual historical figure who had two sons.. neither of which was named Tiberius. They may have renamed one of his sons, or his existence may be "artistic license".. so he can be killed off to satisfy the audience's hatred of the Romans who crush the revolt. They likely don't want to be *too* noticeably historically off the mark by having Crassus or Caesar killed.
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Naevia and Agron are still alive for April 5th's episode. She is seen walking alone in the desert and we see Agron being crucified so their story's not over yet! Fantastic episode and Crixus' death was expected. Good bye to the undefeated Gaul!
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Well at least Crixus, like requested in previous episode Mors Indecepta, didn't die with a sword in his back ... but a spear lol ^^
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I hope they will not have Spartacus die. After all it is said that they never identified him among those who were crucified!
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I knew what was coming as soon as I read that episode title because history tells us what happened when Crixus and Spartacus split up, so the part of me that loves those little heart-warming moments was very glad they all got a nice farewell scene before the end and the part of me that hates crying about fictional characters is still mad.

After watching the promo for the next episode it seems like they are going to use the story of what Spartacus did to the Romans in Crixus honour which is going to be awesome.

And hooray for the Batiatus reference! "The fucking cunt said that to everyone."
It makes me look at all those moments with Batiatus and Spartacus in a different light :D
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I bet that moment may have made you miss John Hannah as well.
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Of course.
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Will Crassus try and trade Naevia for Kora?
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Observation: There are more than quite a few comments here talking about Caesar and a "spin off" series... have I missed something?

I thought that this episode was a bit over the top with the stylization of the fights, almost made everything too cartoonish, but hey, yes, they are "bad-asses" so.... "I will put foolish interpretation from mind and embrace larger feeling more deserved" :P

I knew Agron and Crixus were toast as soon as I saw the title of the episode, but seeing them fall still made me very sad. Manu Bennett was rockin'.

I will refrain from salad tossing jokes, o.k... but seriously dude, was that necessary?? Good god. I kept hoping afterward during the battle that Caesar would snap his neck like a twig and then blame one of the slaves, end of story. I guess we have to wait longer for his demise...
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My hope is that his father somehow finds out about what he did to Kora, and is distraught, killing him and losing the war due to the knowledge of what he did.
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Can I be honest?

I love the show, has had a stronghold on me since Season 1. Very few shows move me, but this is one of them. I understand the historical facts. What I had not imagined however was that the writers would follow them this strictly. I already know the history.

I would have loved an alternate ending, one where they assault Rome, plunder it then perhaps leave upon hearing Pompeii's approach and head to the alps, The end.

Don't get me wrong, I can't blame the writers, the writers have done a great job, I was just hoping for a happier ending.

After all, why would history let us know that Rome was plundered by slaves?

Having said that, RIP Crixus and Agron, you shall be missed.

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I'm going with the theory that Agron isn't dead yet. At least that's what I hope. In all likelihood he's dead, but I don't remember seeing his wound and even if he was slashed, it's not like he got his head chopped off.
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Remember in 300, When Captain Artemis was about to die but still took like 4-5 soldiers with him to afterlife? I was kinda hoping that in those last moments, Crixus would do the same and see that f*cking Tiberius meets his end... Oh almighty Crixus.. The undefeated Gaul.. It was heartbreaking.. ;( ;(
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The rape scene was ridiculous, it was way over board. The beheading of Crixus was so sad and when it was reflected in Navia's eyes It was heart breaking...
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When the guys were holding Caesar down I thought to myself "Tiberius could totally rape him like he did with Kore. Nah, they won't do that". And then they did it, and I was shocked.
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Excellent review, thank you Andy; insightful, appropriate levels of gravitas balanced with levity, highlighting the storytelling and historical context. And some really great points made and conversations started here in comments.

This episode was so eventful, and I'm still in a bit of shock, but the beheading scene concluding with Naevia yet living left me feeling horribly pensive. We expect the Romans will be inhumanely cruel to any survivors and history tells us than Crassus crucified 6,000 slaves on the Southern road to Rome following the final battle, but I fear that the path to death for Crixus’s woman will be long, slow and torturous rather than the glorious death she sought at the start of the episode.

I suspect that Gannicus's love triangle will prove to be a liability for the group seeking their freedom in distant lands. I can't quite discern if the attraction to Sybil is her similarity to Melitta or if he is growing up, but Saxa is not the sort of woman one scorns and expects no reprisals.

Idealistic, I know, but I am holding out hope for a happy ending: a slow, torturous death for Tiberius and Spartacus sneaking safely away over the Pyrenees. Wishful thinking?
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Thank you. And yes, it's great to see this outpouring of discussion for a landmark episode.
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I like that IRL no one knows what happened to the real Spartacus. Even though I was never a fan of Agron & Nasir, that break up scene was the best! I teared up!!!
I also loved Crixes last speech! It was so good. I liked that Agron lent his voice and answered the question that had all been asked at one point by Doctore to them.

I wouldn't be surprised if Naevia was still alive. If they left her to go find Spartacus, and follow her back, or if they just left her to cry over Crixes, with his head on a spike.

I like Kore a little more now, and the badd ass that is Saxa <3
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Oh no not crixus and i don't want any body else to die
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Caesar fought off the rebels behind their walls, but couldn't fight off Tiberius' henchmen? Didn't like that schene, or that Tiberius happened to be close enough to kill Agron and Crixus, but the episode all in all was phenomenal. History tells us they never find Spartacus' body, so I see him slipping away after an epic last battle.
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Really took away from the epic battling by putting that rape scene and tiberius getting the killing blow to Crixus, he deserved a greater death.
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I really hope (never going to happen) that Spartacus wakes from a dream and that the last quarter of the episode was all a nightmare... Such a sad episode!
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or he wakes from a dream and finds himself held down by 2 guards with Tiberius behind him
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LMAO! Rapey rapey time!
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A tough episode to watch. I was not expecting the deaths of Crixus and Agron (perhaps not completely dead yet?) to happen already. I thought they would be kept alive for the last episode. I could have seen Naevia sent to the afterlife, though, to give Crixus' caracter a new, and last, motive to go beserk on some Roman cunts.

I'm beginning to imagine the end of Spartacus, to rival that of William Wallace. Although contrary to history, I know, but this is still only a fictious drama, based (maybe very losely) on actual historical caracters and events........wouldn't it be fitting for Crassus to parade Spartacus i chains, into the very center of Rome, and end his life in excruciating pain. And onto the balcony of the senate (let's imagine the have such), steps Ilithyia, just making eyecontact with Spartacus before he exhales, and gives him one of her classic dirty, conniving looks, very well pleased with herself. She's not dead....she's nooot. >tears<

Note: Sorry, not to be sexist, I'm just not buying Naevias almost invincible warrier skills for a second. The writers have taken it too far. I mean....what is she up to now?? like 50 combat trained legioneers, that she's slaughtered like a bunch of three-legged puppies?? Come on...
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I was so shocked by what happened with Caesar and Tiberius that I didn't think I'd be able to comment on the rest of the episode. that was until Agron was cut down with a single sword stroke. heart-breaking - could he not at least have gone out in a blaze of glory taking several Roman dogs with him? Or at least had an epic fight with Caesar.:-(
Just when I thought I couldn't hate Tiberius anymore he spears Crixus in the back! I loved Crixus final scene - that moment of serenity, and seeing his death reflected in Naevia eyes. Perfect.
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I think Gannicus is going to have an epic fight with Caesar. When Caesar was undercover, he gets easily beaten by Gannicus and Caesar says that he will have rematch soon! :)
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Yeah Agron's death was pretty disappointing!
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Well, I guess we know now who invented bowling.... it was Crixus!!!
I wonder if those guys in the first rows gave themselves a golden shower when they saw those burning balls rolling towards them.

OMG... Caesar was wearing underwear!!!

LOL... Caesar was unable to sit on a horse... I wonder why? :-D
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Flaming bowling balls of death! :D
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Just a song for the Crixus:
Blood rains down from an angry sky my cock rages on!
Blood rains down from an angry sky my cock rages on!
I piss on....
I can't find the rest of lyrics

During the first battle of the episode, a Roman soldier was about to spear Crixus in the back but Spartacus had his back and killed the man. If Spartacus turned and backed Crixus to flank Crasus in the right time I think they could have won but They would still loose.

I think its surprising that while they took separate paths Crisus and Spartacus are still friends and in a way Crixus was still following Spartacus command.

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Tiberius has really opened my eyes to how raping people solves all your problems.
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For shame. This audience member at least hopes that karma demands payment whilst we yet watch. In triplicate.
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i think the fact that he stabbed Crixus from behind with a huge spear while Cesar was on the ground cowering was an interesting image.

that was a very big spear
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Pretty big spear alright. #iSeeWhatYouDidThere
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Well, I think Tiberius tries to compensate his little spear for a with that Big spear.

THe kid does seem to use his tool more than a sword does he.
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"spoiler phobes"...ok, that was kind of "trolly"...but otherwise enjoyed your review.
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"well, that’s about the last thing you’d ever expect to happen to Julius Fucking Caesar."

which is the reason why is was such a fucking terrible scene. this series has lost all credibility in my mind.
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Caesar being raped by that little toad made perfect sense. Men use rape as a weapon and a way to dominate and humiliate since the dawn of man's time. So having that happened made sense where Tiberius is concerned. Besides, he had brute help in holding Caesar down for the assault.
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The show is now just totally moving away from any shred of historical fact. 1) Crassus' son was called Marcus (ok, the Tiberius name may be a nickname or something) but, 2) Crassus' son and Cesar served together in another war later on - cant see that happening after this episode EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!
Now they are rewriting history for shock value.
And because of this, i have a feeling that there will be 1 major shock in the last episode and 1 event that will shock no one.
What will shock no one - Tiberius gets killed
Major shock - read a history book, there are 3 versions of the third servile rebellion (which is why the show's writers have been liberal with their interpretations), but there is one contradiction. All report that Spartacus died, but 1 reports that his body was never found - after this episode i wouldnt be surprised if they let Spartacus go off and live as a sheep herder somewhere
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Crassus also had another son. I think he also saw his head on a sphere shortly before being killed himself... The show is totally good with history, there are very few facts and they fill in the blanks in a way that doesn't go against history... I hope there will be a good explanation for Spartacus' body never to be found. Would like Gannecus surviving too, but unlikely both will.
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Tiberius is a fictional character. Marcus is shown earlier in the show, he's like 4. The reason they made Tiberius, is likely so they can kill him off because historically Marcus doesn't die until much later in the war in Parthia.

And I do believe that they are going to let Spartacus live. I have for a while now. And it's plausible.
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It was Publius aged around 9 in Ep1. So Tiberius potentially is Marcus although not sure why they use Tiberius other than to make it less confusing to have dad and son named Marcus? Hope he is fictional as I want him to have a grizzly end and I know most people watching probably do too. Its Publius that dies in Partha (battle of Carrhae) btw...

Big fan of the show and try not to compare with history but how come so many people are saying that everything is historically accurate and ignore that its pretty unlikely Caesar had anything to do with the 3rd Servile War - Wouldn't Plutarch have mentioned it? or other accounts and accounts of Caesars life? --That's the only thing that bugs me really but he is played well at least!

Anyways, a spinoff I keep hearing about would be cool e.g. the triumvirate. Wonder if they will introduce Pompey in the last 2 episodes and who would play him?

Yeah, good chance Spartacus is gonna get away at the end. Either way hope the end makes me go wow!
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Was stated before; Crassus had two sons Marcus Licinius Crassus was the older one, Publius Licinius Crassus was the younger one, and also the one who served with Julius Ceasar in Gaul.

The show taking license with which son doing/being what is just par for the course.
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Crassus has another son and although its unlikely Ceasar will work with Tiberius Ceasar has swallowed insult for the opportunity to work with Crassus' purse.
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i could have made a joke about swallowing here.

Does Cesar seem like the type of guy who would let Tiberius live?
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Nope but he has to be cautious to do the job in a way that Crassus won't even suspect he had a hand in it. maybe in the middle of a battle that his best chance.
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Don't forget Crassus has another, younger son, in the series, preferably not insane. Maybe the writers elected to write in Tiberius as an historically expendable extra.
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Like i said, moving away from any shred of historical fact. i was hoping for a Cesar spinoff, less likely if they are making history up as they go along
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The undefeated Gaul - damn that was tough watching that piece of refuse be the one to swing the final blow. That may have been the toughest part to watch. They are going to need information from Naevia - I'm not sure her story is quite done yet. With her world gone I have a feeling that Lucretia's pet slave girl has something else left. Haters can hate but that girl has been through as much if not more than anyone - she's come a very long way from the innocent girl given to Ashur - showing the beheading through the glint in her eye was heartbreaking.

RIP to the man who was at Spartacus side from the word go at the House of Batiatus as well. Argon is going to have a lot of stories for his brother in the afterlife. Also at the hands of Tiberius who did the equivalent of shooting him in the back. Every time you think you can't hate Tiberius any more. Mission accomplished writers.

Hoping that the don't turn Saxa into mean jealous girl before all is said and done. She needs Lugo now I think. That dude is still the most awesome German left.

"Arrow" is lucky to have Manu Bennett. This show certainly was.

Spartacus really does like the Roman girls doesn't he? You remember what happened last time he was with a Roman girl......

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I wasn't really interested in Arrow before but now that I know that Manu is in it. I think I'll have to give it a shot. (no pun intended)
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He's great in it thus far and so far its just been history. That show has a few problems going forward that need correction, but Manu is a step headed in the right direction. He's had all of his scenes with Amell which is interesting because Liam beat him out for Spartacus when the role was recast. (I think Manu might be missing Liam a little or the late great Andy (RIP). Both of them gave him a lot more to work with.)
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In all honesty, for a t.v to actually shock me is quite an achievement and it is safe to say this episode did just that. Caesar's rape had me sitting with my mouth agape and the sheer craziness of it had me laughing (just a little). I have truly never experienced that before, bravo.
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i dont f.ckin care obut Ceaser gettin raped. Agron and Crixus are dead now and i have to watch 2 more episodes knowing that they are not coming back and no revenge would be enough for me.neither Crassus's not Tiberius's death would be equal to our beloved gladiators.so yes i don't even care about Ceaser's rape.


Funny thing is; i was so hopeful that at some point i almost sure that Spartacus would come back behind the mountains somewhere and save his 2 brothers.

And when that didn't happen; at the scene that Naevia open her eyes, at that 0.0001 second i thought that it was a bad dream until of course when i see Crixus's head up in the air.

If i have to sum things up : F.ck the Romans.
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in addtition all of the thing above. the saddest part is seeing both Crixus's and Agron's deaths comes from rapist Tiberius.aaaggghhhh i hate him.
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Don't worry, i'm sure he will get his just rewards.

Hopefully it's not rape as the sick gay fucker would probably get off on it!
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To those that think Spartacus will absolutely die in the end check your history! No accounts of his body were found at the Battle of the Siler River where the slave rebellion is finally halted and then crushed! History only claims his death during this battles due to not hearing anything from him again afterwards. But lets take a moment to think;

1: Spartacus was never the mans real name, it was given to him by the Romans if by chance the man who was Spartacus escaped alive it would've been foolish to continue using that name. The slave rebellion was over and he no longer needed the mantle so its easy to assume he would have used his birth name from then on.

2: Being that the slaves themselves were but stones for the roman army to step upon as they got closer to Spartacus and as great a struggle Crassus had with defeating Spartacus, he would have dispatched a legion to search for the body to bring back as proof of victory (a common practice after Roman military leaders won a battle). Many site that the fleeing slaves seeing the war was over might have taken the body so as to prevent Crassus from doing so but again there is nothing to prove this.

Without an account of his actual death or the finding of his body i doubt his death that day. An experienced leader and strategist by that time i would think he would've fled. Possibly and most likely injured but alive. Personally i think the man died years later and until history can prove otherwise that's how i chose to believe.
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RIP Crixus. You lived as you died, fire burning in your bones as a true warrior.

Spartacus is no fool (although he was, in his early gladiatorial days) so I think he'll know when to flee during the final battle. Let's hope he survives. And the series's fiercest warrior Gannicus. Cos all the other great ones are dead. (Adds Agron to RIP hall fo fame).
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There was such nostalgia imbued in this hour of television that only made Crixus's demise all the more tragic.
I LOVED how before the final battle he spoke the words he yelled at the crowd in the arena when he was still a gladiator: "Capua, shall I begin?"
This man was truly a warrior at heart, and although the love of a good woman turned him away from that path for a while, his lust for revenge took hold of him after he learned what happened to Naevia.

When Crixus was on his knees, I was mentally saying thanking this most amazing of characters for all the GREAT moments he made me had, starting from Season 1.
I'm not one to reminisce about Tv characters, but truly, I will miss Crixus.
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Let's remember this show is fiction. Ceasar was not raped in real life although there always been homosexual rumors about him, on those it was completely consexual, there was no rape involved. As the matter of fact Ceasar was not Rome for the time of the Third Servile Rome, he was fighting abroad.
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Yes because a man in Caesar stature would have let someone commit to history he was raped?! During the time of the Third Servile War(TSW 73-71BC) there is very little in history to tell us where Caesar was for sure but being that He is elected Military Tribune after and His term was most likely in 72 BC and such "elections" (i use that term loosely) were done in Rome then in fact most likely Caesar would have not only been in Rome during the TSW but would have been involved in some fashion given his newly appointed title of Military Tribune. Now a Tribune and an experienced combat officer he likely had a some part in the Third Servile War against Spartacus from 73 to 71 BC. In these years we hear nearly nothing about him and have no OFFICIAL account of his where about's. The Fighting abroad you spoke of was most likely referring to the Third Mithridatic War which started in 74 BC in which consuls Lucius Licinius Lucullus and Marcus Aurelius Cotta lead that war and Caesar was technically an un-prosecuted war criminal for leading troops without title. More than likely Caesar given his close proximity to the battles during 73-71 BC and his title and record would have been involved which is why i assume the shows writers included him (besides the obvious ability to use the character as a spin off series). Yea the show is fiction, the day to day accounts of these men's lives were not recorded at all and it was common for "proper" Romans to have certain details omitted from record to preserve their name. But in all honesty this show gets the majority of the historical facts right!
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Take it easy, mates. It's just fiction. RAAAAR (Gannicus' war roar).
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