A new batch of recruits arrive in this episode of Spartacus, and it becomes clear that Spartacus is indeed the new Champion. As Crixus struggles to heal from his wounds a few episodes ago, he tries to show he's still worth keeping around, which results in his swift defeat by Spartacus. It should be interesting to see how their rivalry continues.
One thing I'm confused about is how to view Crixus. Crixus is an awful person to everybody else except for the woman he likes, the slave who's name escapes me right now. His demeanor towards her is completely opposite of the way he acts towards others. It makes it hard to figure out if I should loathe him or feel bad for him on occasion.
Besides all that, the supporting cast continues to be of interest. Varro's issues continue to grow (his feelings towards his wife continue to be negative) and Lucretia is proving herself to be quite the conniving woman. There's all sorts of shady things going on behind people's backs, and it should be interesting to see how it all pans out.
Spartacus' near death made for a good chance for Spartacus and Crixus to bond, and it appears that not even saving one another is enough for respect. Their rivarly continues, while Ilithia is proven to be an awful person.
With only five episodes left, I can't wait to see how the show takes care of everything in the allotted time.