Crassus leads an attack against the city occupied by Spartacus and his men resulting on Gannicus finding himself trapped behind enemy lines. Tiberius is forced to host a celebration in honor of a man he hates.
Right now, the rebels may be on the defensive, trapped at the edge of the world, while Crassus holds all the cards. But as Metellus aptly recognized, “If this man stands for all the rebellion, celebration may hold premature.”
Goof: Laeta's lipstick is toned down several shades after Crassus hands her over to Heracleo.
Death in Spartacus: War of the Damned:
When Crassus says: 'Then he and I stand the same. Each believes himself the hero, the other villain. It is for history to decide who is mistaken' Simon Merrells looks directly at the camera, very subtly breaking the 4th wall. He does it again a bit later when he says: 'It is already done' and when he says: 'That is exactly what I expect'.
Caesar: (To Crassus, as the city is being taken by the Romans) Welcome to Sinuessa.
Spartacus: I stand eternal fool for laying trust in Heracleo.
Agron: Heracleo? It was Lyciscus that turned upon us.
Saxa: He stands fucking Roman.
Agron: Where is Nasir?
Spartacus: Dispatched with Lugo to call warning.
Agron: I must find him.
Spartacus: We must see all that remain to safety of the ridge.
Crixus: You would have us run?
Spartacus: I would have us live!
Crixus: Then we must fight and make our stand here!
Spartacus: Crassus has seized the moment. We are not prepared to face him in the streets!
Gannicus: I will cause distraction and gain needed time.
Spartacus: By what means?
Gannicus: I have no fucking idea.
Spartacus: No, move with the others, I will draw the Romans away...
Gannicus: This is not request! You lead these people. If you were to fall it would be fatal blow, my passing of lesser concern.
Saxa: Of concern to me.
Gannicus: Go! I will find you when it is done.
Spartacus: We shall wait as long as we are able, brother.
Crixus: You mad fuck.
Saxa: Do not die.
Gannicus: Nor you.
Donar: My passing would be of even lesser concern than yours.
Gannicus: Stay close to heel. I would not greet this night our last.
Nasir: (After Agron makes attempt to kill Castus) Have you lost mind? Castus came to aid!
Agron: He and his people aid only the fucking Romans!
Castus: I do not know of what you speak! I awoke from drink to find my brothers gone.
Nasir: He had no hand in this. Agron...
Lugo: More come. We must go.
Agron: (To Castus) Make attempt to seize weapon and I'll have your fucking life.
Donar: Jupiter fuck me.
Gannicus: Why are you yet within the city?
Sibyl: I was upon path to leave it when the Romans came. I did not know what to do.
Donar: (As Romans approach) Gannicus!
Gannicus: Hold tears! Stay by my side, do not make a sound or see us all to the afterlife.
Caesar: Spartacus attempts to turn victory into ash and you recall your men?
Crassus: I have set plan to motion and will not fall to distraction. We advance on northern gate!
Sibyl: If I am to die, it lifts heart to share final moment with you.
Gannicus: Many have fallen this night. You shall not be among them.
Crixus: (To Castus) You traitorous fuck!
Nasir: He knew nothing of this.
Agron: By his own fucking tongue!
Spartacus: This is not time to fall to quarrel! Bind his hands and see him through the gate with the others.
Caesar: (About Spartacus) Even the Gods grant aid to the fucking man.
Crassus: They but delay inevitable fall.
Donar: (As a Roman stands over him with an aquila in hand) Fuck your little bird, you Roman cunt.
Senator Metellus: (To Crassus, about Caesar) I was only just praising him for his ability to blend so effortlessly with a pack of savage dogs.
Caesar: A thing of ill consideration, had Crassus not plucked scheme from fevered brain.
Senator Metellus: I am of regret to have ever laid doubt upon it. The Senate will be most pleased to greet news of Sinuessa en Valle's liberation.
Caesar: (About Senator Metellus) Preening little fuck.
Crassus: A sentiment shared. Yet he holds the ear of the Senate and I would see him well satisfied to further bolster tale of our victory carried back to Rome.
Caesar: You speak again of victory shrouded from discerning eye. Spartacus yet lives with considerable force aiding him upon Melia Ridge.
Crassus: There is no escape from the ridge. It stands impassable.
Caesar: Words most likely broken by the fool Glaber when he had the rebel trapped upon Vesuvius.
Crassus: You believe me the fool?
Caesar: I believe you a man of infinite plots, twisting upon themselves to shame Gordian knot.
Crassus: The rebellion has suffered fatal blow. At celebration I would honor hand that struck it.
Caesar: Would that the Thracian's head upon pike bore witness to such laurels.
Crassus: Hold fast to patience, a thing that has propelled us to the ground we now stand upon. And in briefest passing shall claim Spartacus and all those who yet follow the doom of his shadow.
Gannicus: (About Spartacus) He is a troublesome man to kill. I have attempted it myself upon occasion.
Sibyl: The Gods favor him. And bless us as well.
Gannicus: They piss upon us and you welcome it as cooling rain.
Sibyl: We are alive. Because they yet guide your hand. One I have faith will see us from darkest hour.
Gannicus: Would that I shared the same.
Sibyl: My Dominus inflicted many wounds upon his slaves. I often tended their injuries.
Gannicus: Who tended yours?
Sibyl: Diotimus showed a kindness.
Gannicus: Did he now?
Sibyl: He stood as a brother to me.
Sibyl: You struck down the man that took his life. The man that took my own, a small piece at a time over span of years.
Gannicus: Would that it had made difference.
Sibyl: You have made all in the world.
Laeta: You stood with Crixus and his animals as they slaughtered my people, bound in chains.
Caesar: A deed of much regret. Yet born of necessity. I could not risk discovery short of turning the Cilicians to our cause.
Laeta: In war, one does what one must to survive. A burden not unfamiliar.
Crassus: There is no cause for tears on such a day.
Kore: They are of joy, to find myself delivered from followers' camp.
Crassus: Delivered? Has it grown so unpleasant?
Kore: Unbearably so...
Crassus: A man does what is required when fate calls upon him.
Tiberius: As all soldiers must.
Tiberius: (To Crassus) Kore served greater comfort than you will ever know. Yet I fear my pain has pressed hard against her. I pray you are not too delicate to bear such weight.
Kore: I stand no soldier in this conflict. Yet I too shall do what I must.
Tiberius: You did not summon to reinstate me into the legion?
Crassus: I would have you present Carnificina for the men. It will elevate you in the eyes of the legion to be seen in such giving spirit. And ease the way for you to again assume command.
Tiberius: A privilege then. And opportunity to honor you and your triumph.
Crassus: You mistake intent. We shall honor Caesar as the victor.
Tiberius: There is no love lost between us. Surely there must be more fitting service that I might...
Caesar: A shrewd man turns rival to valued ally. Caesar is blessed with storied name and shall one day rise to shame the very sun. Make peace and bask in glorious light.
Crassus: Many a boy may enter a war. Yet at its end only a man will emerge. It warms my heart to see you become one.
Tiberius: I am what you have made me.
Gannicus: (To Sibyl) If any but my visage return, take your life. It will be a kindness in comparison to what they will do to you.
Gannicus: (To Sibyl) I begin to believe in your gods. Let us see how far they will take us.
Tiberius: The Imperator has much pressing upon mind. Laying more upon it would only serve to open grievous wound.
Kore: Do all the years I have cared for you stand for nothing?
Tiberius: They have brought me greatest comfort. It would sadden heart to see you turned from our house. Or set to cruelest punishment... if he ever learned how you willingly gave yourself to me in attempt to ease my pain. If errant word falls from mouth, only suffering will follow them. At the hands of the Imperator. Or my own. And I will not be as gentle next time.
Crassus: It is a blessing you yet draw breath. One bestowed by Spartacus himself, was it not?
Laeta: As I have told you, I exchanged words with the man only in hope of sparing what remained of my people.
Laeta: Spartacus seems... not the beast one would form thought of.
Crassus: And in place of horns and sharpened claw?
Laeta: A wounded heart, yearning to balance scale.
Crassus: I know of his wife and his thirst to avenge her death.
Laeta: No, he is not consumed by a thirst for blood. Perhaps he stood as such once, yet now... he fights for what he believes is just.
Crassus: There is no cause more dangerous.
Laeta: He will not stop. I do not believe he could, even if he so wished it.
Crassus: Then he and I stand the same. Each believes himself the hero, the other villain. It is for history to decide who is mistaken. Until such a day, we shall play our parts upon fortune's stage.
Heracleo: I will take most welcomed leave by night's end... with all that I have been promised.
Laeta: I am a Roman.
Crassus: One that gave aid to our enemy, for whatever the reason.
Laeta: You cannot do this.
Crassus: It is already done.
Heracleo: It is the rarest of things, to see a man that honors his words.
Crassus: Stay beyond agreed upon hour and you shall know the bitter truth of it.
Tiberius: The Imperator would see us to common ground. I find us far removed.
Caesar: As mortal from a God. One set upon a small band of rebels with support of a century, lost his sword, turned heel and fled. While the other, strolled into the jaws of the beast, absent weapon, and brought down an entire city with but cunning and silver tongue. Refresh mind. Which do you stand?
Heracleo: (To Laeta) You look upon me as a monster. Yet am I not more desirable fate? With husband fallen to the afterlife, what life would you have among the Romans? You are a woman. No better than a slave to them.
Heracleo: It lifts spirits to see you alive, my friend.
Gannicus: Many of my brothers did not fare as well.
Heracleo: An act born of necessity and raised with heavy heart. I much liked King Spartacus and his companions. Well, most of them. Yet I was given a choice between a wealthy life or die a merciless death which to a man of my sort is no choice at all.
Gannicus: We must move quickly before we are discovered.
Sibyl: What of Laeta?
Gannicus: What of her?
Sibyl: We cannot leave her.
Gannicus: She stands Roman. She won't be seen with us.
Laeta: I stand nothing but a slave. As you once did.
(As they watch a man being dismembered)
Senator Metellus: You are truly gifted at motivating your men, Crassus. As all great leaders must be.
Crassus: Do not allow the Senate to hear you describe me as such.
Caesar: They might well tear you asunder in like fashion.
Senator Metellus: You would claim entire fucking city for yourself?
Crassus: A wise man does not fight for glory alone.
Senator Metellus: The Senate will not easily swallow bitter news of such greed.
Crassus: Greed is but a word jealous men inflict upon the ambitious. They will be made to see past it and oblige us in the spoils of war.
Senator Metellus: Us?
Crassus: I would share in good fortune, of course.
Tiberius: In storied tradition of Carnificina, the ultimate kill signifies pinnacle of victory. Shall we award Caesar the privilege of delivering fated blow with sword of steel in a war he began with but... tongue of silver?
Gannicus: They hold celebration?
Laeta: Executions, for those among you yet of this world.
Gannicus: I will have blood in their name upon a day.
Donar: Swallow cock, you Roman shit (He runs his sword up his neck)
Crassus: Behold! Their greatest warriors take their own lives in fear of Caesar!
Caesar: Why do we not move after him? Must Julius fucking Caesar risk life to kill every last Rebel himself?
Crassusc: To attempt the ridge at night would see us to disadvantage.
Caesar: And by morning he will be to the wind with Spartacus and the rest of his rebel horde you allowed to escape.
Crassus: I have allowed nothing but the illusion of hope.
Caesar: Spartacus is no fool. You expect him to wait in driven snow, for you to arrive and announce his end?
Crassus: That is exactly what I expect.
Crixus: We cannot remain here.
Agron: What would you have us do? Sprout wings and soar towards warming embrace of fucking Apollo?
Naevia: We should turn and retake Sinuessa.
Spartacus: The city is lost.
Crixus: As we shall be, if we do not act!
(Realizing that Gannicus has managed to escape alive from Sinuessa)
Agron: Fuck the Gods...
Spartacus: And I believed myself a difficult man to kill.
Naevia: You bring us a prisoner.
Gannicus: Laeta now stands as you or I, beneath heel of Republic.
Gannicus: (Looking at Sibyl out of the corner of his eye) The Gods themselves must have taken note of delivered prayer in order to see us from certain end.
Spartacus: I fear they have but delayed it.
Gannicus: (Realizes that the other end of the ridge is heavily guarded by Romans) How is such a thing possible?
Spartacus: Nothing is beyond reach for the richest man in the Republic.
Spartacus: It was always his intention to trap us upon this ridge. He will march from the city with his armies behind us. And when he comes... death shall follow in his wake.
Writer and creator Steven S. Deknight's favourite part of the episode is Gannicus' storyline.
Anna Hutchison was amazed at the final edited version of the scene where she kills Heracleo.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: March 10, 2013 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
USA: March 8, 2013 on Starz.
Turkey: March 24, 2013 on CNBC-e.
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