This episode reviews the Batiatus that we are familiar with, the ruthless, vindictive, non-forgiving Dominus that create great misfortune for people who ever underestimated him.
In the last episode Titus tried to buy Gannicus from Batiatus and this episode reviewed how ruthless he could be inorder to get what he wanted. So instead of selling Gannicus, he decided to go straight to the money as always. I find this episode very uncomfortable to watch especially towards the end. Batiatus forces his slaves to do things that are often against their wishes and that seems to slowly bringing to his demise (as we seen in Spartacus : Blood & Sand). Well at least Gannicus and Crixus are easier to handle than Spartacus. This episode is grippling and introduced the 'new' members that we had never seen in Spartacus : Blood & Sand. I enjoyed it tremendously and can't wait for the next episode :).