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 (Vince Colosimo), who transformed the once noblewoman into a slave by branding her his property. Oh, the vagaries of fate!
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Fortunately, she was able to escape after killing her captor, with the help of Gannicus (Dustin Clare) and joined the rebels out on the wintry ridge outside of Sinuessa en Valle. Meanwhile, Crassus and Caesar (Todd Lasance) were celebrating taking over the city by holding a festival of executions, as those bloodthirsty Romans are wont to do.
But what are the rebels going to do out in the snow? And will they embrace Laeta now that her station in life matches theirs? We examine these burning questions and more from "Spoils of War":
How can the rebels recoup? It doesn't look too good for the Sparty party now that they've lost the shelter of the city walls. Survival — especially out in the snow when they only have skimpy fighting outfits on — is going to be difficult. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) will have to wage war just as he always has — with the power of conviction, ingenuity and the thirst for freedom that all ex-slaves possess.
Will the rebels accept Laeta? We have a feeling that it will be difficult for some, but her reversal of fortune is exactly what many of the rebels have experienced themselves — being taken from their former lives, sold and used. Also, they're out in the freakin' cold, so perhaps their energies would best be channeled into something other than hating and distrusting her. In fact, if Laeta survives her spear wound, maybe she can help with some intel about Sinuessa en Valle and Crassus' operations. She was in the Roman's camp after all.
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Just how far will Caesar and Tiberius take their squabble? The antagonism will surely escalate on both sides, but Caesar not only appears to be smarter, but far more coolheaded. Tiberius (Christian Antidormi) is like an Ancient Roman Yosemite Sam, all angry, frustrated bluster for one so little. If we go by history, Caesar obviously prospers, but Tiberius (actually named Marcus, but that would have been too confusing for the show?) doesn't really distinguish himself at all. If we know Spartacus (and we do!), that means he's fairly expendable. Watch out!
Will Gannicus step up? Poor Ganny. All he wanted were the three Ws: wine, wenches and walking the earth. Although he has reluctantly stuck it out with the rebels, even offering to sacrifice himself so that Spartacus could effect an escape, he never had enough conviction to lead the fugitives. After watching out for Sibyl (Gwendoline Taylor), however, he could feel more invested in the struggle.
Will Saxa have to cut a bitch? Saxa (Ellen Hollman) has always been generous about sharing Gannicus' attentions in the bedroom, but she always came first in his affections... until now. His experiences being trapped with Sibyl in the city bonded them in a way that Saxa hasn't experinced. She is, however, a fierce warrior who understands wartime compromises. We don't foresee a confrontation with Sibyl, which — let's face it — would be less a catfight and more of an execution.
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Crassus' fatal fete Although the gladiator arenas were just as bloody, at least one had a chance of survival if one's opponent wasn't as skilled or fast. Instead, during this execution party, there's no pretense of a fair fight. Who'd have thought that being drawn and quartered would be the least graphic death we'd witness?
Laeta's revenge Heracleo was such a jabberjaw that it was poetic and grisly justice that she impaled the pirate through the back of his skull and of his mouth with his own fiery-hot branding iron.
What was your favorite highlight of the episode? What do you think Spartacus can do?