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Friday, April 6, 2012


The way this season of “Spartacus: Vengeance” has
gone, you know there is some serious bloodletting in the finale, “Wrath Of The
Gods.” And this time, several major characters will breathe their last. 
Let’s get right to the glorious carnage.

We start with Spartacus,
looking down from Vesuvius. A sneak attack is planned on the Roman
soldiers at the bottom, a desperate attempt to get food, no doubt.  But
the attack doesn’t go quite as planned, and amongst the bloody battle, someone close
to Spartacus falls: Mira.  She takes an axe to her chest. Spartacus
carries her to safety, but it’s too late; Mira bleeds out. Spartacus
grieves, somewhat more out of honor to Mira than true love felt for her.

Spartacus blames Nemates for the botched attack. Tensions are frayed all around.

Meanwhile, Lucretia and Ilithyia speak while taking a wagon ride. 

Glaber’s wife is determined to
have the baby born in Rome, while Lucretia laments being given to Ashur by
Glaber. The two ladies come up with a plan to rid Lucretia of
Ashur. Ilithyia gives Glaber Seppius’ bracelet. Glaber responds in
the manner as intended by the ladies, but then throws Ilithyia a curveball,
telling her that Lucretia must be done away with.  Ilithyia is shocked, to
say the least.

Glaber makes his move on
Ashur, who thinks his mercenaries will stand with him.  However, they are
mercenaries, after all, and abandon Ashur after Glaber agrees to pay them
handsomely. However, instead of killing Ashur, Glaber plans to use the
slave to deliver a message to Spartacus.

With literally nothing to lose
now, Ashur ascends the mountain and offers up Glaber’s deal: give up and
everyone’s lives will be spared, albeit going back to cruel servitude. 
Obviously, Spartacus turns down the deal. Crixus challenges Ashur to a
mano-a-mano duel, but he and everyone else is surprised when Maevia wants to
fight him. She radiates fierceness and a desire for revenge, but it is
clear that, while vastly improved as a fighter, she is no match for
Ashur. But she does maneuver herself  in prime scrotum-slicing
position, and cleaves Ashur where he lives. She then hacks away until she
finally severs his head. Ashur’s head is delivered to Glaber. Tonight’s
second death: Ashur.

Lucretia tells Ilithyia of her
freedom, but unbeknownst to her (or at least we think), Ilithyia approaches
Lucretia, whose back is to her, with intentions of pushing her to the water
below. But when Lucretia suddenly turns around, she sees that Ilithyia’s
water has broken. The baby is coming!

It’s rousing speech time
again. Spartacus rallies his troops, saying in essence that they will be
regarded as gods in the future for what they’ve done to stand against Glaber
and the Romans. The warriors are united, with a look between Oenomaus and
Gannicus signaling the end of their feud. They go off to their task,
which involves sneaking on the Romans and commandeering their fireball
catapult. They use the contraption against the Romans, burning their
encampment to the ground. More to this pitched battle in a moment…

Meanwhile, Ilithyia is being
tended to by her servants, but she hears a cry. Then, Lucretia appears,
bloodied from killing the servant. She then kills the other slave,
leaving her alone with Ilithyia. Lucretia has gone quite mad. She
proceeds to do a Caesarian on Ilithyia, eventually leaving the room with the
infant boy. Ilithyia crawls after her, reaching Lucretia as she stands at
the precipice of the building, babbling about how happy her dead husband would
be with a son. With that, she and baby go over the side to a watery
death, or apparently so. Thus, the major character to die this time is:

Back to the battle. Boy,
is it bloody hell. The Egyptian is so formidable, it takes both Oenomaus
and Gannicus to take him down. Of course, one of the two loses his life
in the process: Oenomaus. He dies a hero’s death, and is truly reunited
with his old friend before he expires.  As for Spartacus, he eventually
gets the best of Glaber in battle, and says that, in response to Glaber’s claims
that Rome will kill him one day, “Maybe, but this isn’t the day!”  He thus
delivers the killing blow, a sword to the inside of his throat.

With that, Spartacus and the
remaining warriors rejoice. They probably know that the Romans will
redouble their efforts. But that is a concern for another day (and
season).  Spartacus has achieved his vengeance. The end…for now…

What did you think?



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