Scenes from episode 1x04 Beneath The Mask can be seen during this episode.
Batiatus' full name is Quintus Lentulus Batiatus.
Batiatus' father has retired to Sicilia for health reasons leaving him in control of the ludus.
Crixus was one of Tullius' slaves.
Despite not fully recovered to reprise his role of Spartacus for the second season of the show, Andy Whitfield makes a brief appearance in this prequel mini-series.
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena was created when the second season of Spartacus: Blood And Sand needed to be put on hold while its lead actor, Andy Whitfield, struggled with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Series creator and executive producer Steven S. Deknight turned what he had conceived as a single flashback episode for the second season into a six episodes prequel mini-series.