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Spartacus Boss on Series Finale Deaths, Survivors and More Burning Questions

The epic Spartacus finale brought the expected bloodshed, but also tears.

"Everybody was a big puddle," Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight tells TVGuide.com. "I still can't watch the finale without tearing up. ... But yeah, it's very emotional, not only because of the story, but also the whole experience."

Spartacus' Manu Bennett on Crixus' downfall

That experience involved two actors playing the titular hero. Original star Andy Whitfield bowed out after the first season to treat his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And although he made an uncredited voice appearance during the six-part prequel series Gods of the Arena, newcomer Liam McIntyre stepped in to portray the Thracian gladiator-turned-freedom fighter for the final two seasons. read more

The Weekend Playlist: Goodbye, Spartacus, Hello, Da Vinci; Louie C.K. Stand-Up

Two battered, tragic warriors meet face to face before their climactic skirmish, and there's at least one thing they can agree upon (besides the desire to kill each other): "There is no justice. Not in this world." What, you were expecting a happy ending to Starz' bloody breakout hit Spartacus? (Apologies if that's a spoiler.)

The series finale (Friday, 9/8c) justifies this last season's subtitle, War of the Damned, with a truly epic clash of historic titans. It's up to its bared knees in graphic gore as usual, but the finale is steeped even further in stirring demonstrations and declarations of honor, sacrifice and a willingness to die for the cause of freedom. "Whatever happens ... we decide our fates, not you," proclaims Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), leader of the outnumbered slave army, during his secret meeting with Roman "Imperator" Crassus (Simon Merrells). Unlike past seasons, when the Roman antagonists were mostly craven dupes, neither Crassus nor his second-in-command Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) are fools — but neither is Spartacus, who still has some bold and unexpected maneuvers up his shield during this primal and visceral encounter of fire, blood and literal and metaphorical guts.

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Spartacus Burning Questions of the Damned: Who Will Survive the Final Battle?

With Spartacus' latest episode comes a sense of dread because that means there's only one episode left before the end.

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the penultimate episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned. You've been warned!]


Spartacus' Manu Bennett on Crixus' downfall

On Friday's Spartacus, the rebels celebrated quite a few triumphs, which was swell for them since, of course, history dictates a huge defeat on the horizon. Enjoy it while you can!

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Year Title Description
2014 The Tomorrow People: Son of Man
Season 1, Episode 22
Episode, Actor - The Founder
2014 The Tomorrow People: Modus Vivendi
Season 1, Episode 19
Episode, Actor - The Founder
2011 Ashes to Ashes: Wake Up
Season 3, Episode 1
Episode, Actor - David Blonde
2010 The Wolfman Movie, Actor - Ben Talbot
2010 Spartacus TV Show Series, Actor - Crassus

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Spartacus Burning Questions of the Damned: Is There More to Kore's Plan?

[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... read more

Spartacus Burning Questions of the Damned: Will the Rebels Accept Laeta?

It's nice to see hypocrisy alive and well in Ancient Rome!

[Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched Spartacus yet, don't read further or you might be branded an enemy of Rome!]

On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) once again revealed his rather mutable code of honor when he sold Laeta (Anna Hutchinson) to the Cilician pirate Heracleo ... read more

Burning Questions of the Damned: Is Tiberius Rotten? Should Spartacus Flee?

[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.
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Burning Questions of the Damned: Will Crassus and Caesar Outsmart Spartacus?

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!
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Burning Questions of the Damned: Are Naevia's Loose-Cannon Ways a Liability for Spartacus?

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.
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