[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the most recent Spartacus episode.]
The Undefeated Gaul finally fulfilled his destiny.
On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, the rebel forces parted ways... permanently. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) led the fugitives north toward the Alps and the promise of freedom, while Crixus (Manu Bennett) took his group westward towards Rome and ultimately, to their death. And although Crixus' defeat was disheartening, it was to be expected. "Well, historically, it was going to be the case anyway," Bennett tells TVGuide.com. "Anyone who went onto Wikipedia knew."
[Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched Spartacus yet, don't read further or you might end up used as trench filler!]
We hope the cold winter gave Crassus an appetite because on Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, he tasted both defeat and betrayal.
Crassus (Simon Merrells) had the upper hand in his war with Spartacus (Liam McIntyre). Not only were the rebels stuck out in the wintry wilds and kept from attacking by a large trench that was guarded by a manned wall, but they fell into one of Crassus' traps and barely escaped alive...
Katie Cassidy and Stephen Amell
Everything is going pretty well for Oliver in the Wednesday, March 20th return episode of Arrow, "which means [it's] about to go really bad," Stephen Amell told fans of The CW series at Saturday night's PaleyFest panel. And boy, will it!
Arrow's Oliver Queen has a new lady in his life.
Shado (Celina Jade), the DC Comics character who has quite the tumultuous relationship with Oliver (Stephan Amell) in the graphic novels, will finally get to see some action on the CW series. We briefly met her in "The Odyssey," where it was revealed that Fyers (Sebastian Dunn) had been holding her captive in order to keep her father Yao-Fei (Byron Mann) in line. But she won't be in captivity for long thanks to Oliver and Slade (Manu Bennett).
Arrow Postmortem: Do too many people know Oliver's secret?
Christian Antidormi and Jenna Lind
[Spoiler alert! The following contains information from the most recent Spartacus. If you haven't watched it yet, prepare for decimation!]
If you injure a pup, he may bite back!
The magic word for Friday's episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned was "betrayal." Although Crassus (Simon Merrells) and Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) have proven to be wily leaders, they've made major errors in judgment that have created ill will among their supporters.
Stephen Amell, Colin Donnell
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's episode of Arrow. Read at your own risk!]
The first season of Arrow isn't even over, and already Oliver Queen's secret identity isn't really that secret anymore.
Both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) were clued in early on that Oliver (Stephen Amell) is actually the hooded vigilante trying to clean up Starling City. But during Wednesday's episode...
Marcus Crassus is far craftier and more ruthless than we previously imagined.
[Spoiler alert! If you haven't watched the "Decimation" episode of Spartacus yet, avert your eyes or continue reading at your own risk.]
On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, the deep plan that Crassus (Simon Merrells) conceived was finally revealed: Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) would infiltrate Spartacus' (Liam McIntyre) group by disguising himself as a fellow (hairy, unwashed) rebel slave. So that's why Crassus didn't want Caesar to cut his hair!
Who needs leaders anyway?
On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, both Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) may as well have been missing for all the heed their underlings paid them. Although that may seem like an oversimplification of the situation, wartime is when obedience to the leadership hierarchy is crucial, lest chaos rule.
When Spartacus is away, the rebels will play... with Romans!
On Friday's all-new Spartacus: War of the Damned, airing at 9/8c on Starz, the Romans of Sinuessa en Valle find that the sandal is on the other foot now that the rebels have taken over their walled city.
He's finally got cred. In Season 1 of the Starz hit Spartacus, the titular hero rallied his fellow slaves and led a gut-splattering revolt against his oppressive master. By Season 2, this band of rebels had grown so strong that they brought down an entire coliseum full of Romans, leaving mass casualties and a mountain of rubble. Still, Spartacus was nothing more than a local problem, a mere blip on the government's radar. That changes wildly when the swords-and-skin series returns for its final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned.
"We jump ahead several months, to a point in the story where Spartacus is not just winning against the Roman Republic — he's winning big," says Liam McIntyre, who inherited the lead role originated by the late Andy Whitfield. "Spartacus now has an army of thousands — there are historical accounts that claim it was upward of 120,000 — and they have some of Rome's biggest military leaders on the run. There's no choice but to take him seriously now. It's time to call in the top guns."
That would be Marcus Crassus ...