‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ Episode 7 Review – A More Devious Mind

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As Spartacus: War of the Damned rushes headlong into its final episodes, it has started to become clear just what is really at stake in terms of Spartacus’ rebellion and the war that has brought such a cunning and frightening foe (quite literally) to the mighty Thracian’s doorstep.

History has already informed us that things do not end well for the rebellion; it is a conclusion that will not see Spartacus laughing heartily while drinking wine with Crixus and Gannicus, as they look out and marvel at the utter ruin they have brought to Rome. 

Last week’s ‘Spoils of War‘ spent nearly the entire hour depicting the Romans, i.e., Crassus, Caesar and Tiberius, savoring their victory at Sinuessa, and saw them call the rebellion all but quashed. Yet they were a bit thrown when Donar took exception to what would be his very public execution at the hands of Julius Caesar and instead took his own life in gruesome fashion.

It was a smart move by DeKnight and his writers, shuffling the storyline away from Spartacus and his dwindling army, to focus on the Romans. For one, it allowed for the shock of the rampart Crassus’ wealth had built to be revealed in a grander fashion. But more importantly, it gave the viewer some intriguing insight into Spartacus’ adversaries, and it became clear these are men who believe that upon victory, the world will once more be as they have known it.

But no matter how much time the series spends letting the audience get to know characters like Crassus, Caesar or the increasingly reprehensible Tiberius, the fact of the matter is: all of these men stand at the forefront of a war that will irrevocably change their world.

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The storyline surrounding Gannicus and, to a certain degree, the freed slave Sibyl, has been one of the more potent indicators that while Spartacus’ life will likely end in battle with Crassus’ army, the importance of that life has taken on something far larger than pursuit of victory on the battlefield.

Unlike Crixus or Naevia, Gannicus has come to realize that a life lived with purpose and filled with acts that may have been perceived by him as small, can fundamentally alter another individual’s world. In that sense, and how Spartacus’ battle against Rome is no longer really about revenge, the battle they are fighting will continue to have an impact long after any one man has fallen victim to his enemy’s sword in the theater of war. In the end, the scorecard may read in favor of Marcus Crassus, but the true victor may just be the man whose actions will serve as inspiration to countless others.

This feels fairly evident through the actions of Kore after she convinces Caesar into escorting her to Crassus, despite his being set up on the field of battle. After suffering trauma at the hands of Tiberius – which he accentuated with additional threats – Kore’s future was dealt another blow by Crassus’ intention to keep her housed in Sinuessa alongside his son, as something of a private getaway, a respite from the prying eyes of those who would look down on his romantic involvement with a slave.

Rather than be forced into whatever terrifying situation the wicked youngster could cook up, or, even worse, suffer whatever punishment might come from either man for telling Crassus the truth, Kore steals away in the dead of night to join Spartacus’ band of freed slaves as they traipse across a bridge of frozen bodies, ducking underneath the wall Crassus built to ensure their demise.

Anna Hutchison Gwendoline Taylor and Jenna Lind in Spartacus WOTD Mors Indecepta Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 7 Review – A More Devious Mind

There’s much more going on in ‘Mors Indecepta’ than the tribulation of the slave Crassus loves more than his own wife, but the significance of a character like Kore (apparently) walking away from a place she’d seen both comfort and horror to a far more uncertain future amongst others like her who seized freedom from their oppressors is indicative of the larger endgame War of the Damned – and, more to the point, Spartacus the series.

Despite a bloody quarrel with Crixus, who again accuses him of inaction, things briefly look up for Spartacus and his legion. After narrowly escaping another of Crassus’ traps involving Donar’s dead body and a horrendous snowstorm that leaves a thousand rebels dead, the Thracian and his men begin to think like the man who has outwitted and outmaneuvered his adversary at every turn. With Crassus’ own wall dividing them, the rebellion lives to fight another day, but Spartacus may have already claimed a greater victory against Crassus than he’ll ever know.

Spartacus: War of the Damned continues next week with ‘Separate Paths’ @9pm on Starz. Check out a preview of the episode below:

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  1. another great ep. Man Gannicus has got to be the luckiest dude ever he gets both Sibil and Saxa <.<

  2. I have to say my favorite part of this episode has to be that smug look on Spartacus’s face when Crassus started to flee. Also, Lugo is probably the most bad*** out of all of them. They’re all sitting around the dead debating what to do with all this cloth and fur on and Lugo is just in his underwear basically not really caring XD

  3. Good episode, but there was one unbelieveable scene that nearly took me out of the show completely. I mean…seriously…who has sex outside in a makeshift hut…with little protection. To make matters worst, it was a blizzard. I just couldn’t believe gannicus and sybil going at it in freezing tempertures. Oh…I guess that’s when you suspend belief.

    • gannicus has lived in death all his life,seeing dead people at this point is meaningless. But sex would take you out of the situatiuon at less for moment and out in the open enhanses the moment.

    • Though unstated in the dialog, sex between Gannicus and Sybil was a great way to keep warm in the blizzard with the scant protection.

    • To live in those times facing death and dealing with pain every day would make a simple snowstorm pretty insignificant considering. Yes you must deal with the subzero temperatures but you have to remember the easiest way to stay warm after finding some semblance of shelter is to remove ones clothing and huddle up with another using eachothers body heat, basic survival 101. And to be naked with such a beautiful woman who has been infatuated with Gannicus since he saved her life and not make sweet passionate love would prove most difficult indeed. I just hope now that having two women that love him dont prove to be his undoing, Gannicus is my favorite character outside of Spartcus. Im Pretty happy with this season, great episode!

    • I agree. Bare Grylls would not approve.

  4. I really do not like how the writers of Spartacus are ending the series. I can barely watch an entire episode. Too much emphasis on the romans. The characters are not likable and I will never watch a series about them.

    • I have read and heard that the mark of a successful movie-or in this case-series-is how much the viewer comes to detest the bad guy(s; ie. how effective were they in their role for the viewer to absolutely detest them. Your post here likely reinforces that viewpoint. I greatly enjoyed the “Vengeance” series, however one area where it was lacking is that Glaber does not hold a candle to Crassus-or for that matter Caesar, or particularly Tiberius as to being unlikable, and yes, detestable. The detestable Roman antagionists in this series are what make it as successful as it is.

    • Historically the Romans were a mean-spirited, arrogant lot who used and exploited people outside of their Roman culture as nothing more than chattel and fodder for foreign auxiliaries until the need to maintain the legions required non-Roman citizens be allowed into the military.

      The famous Gracchus family, probably the greatest social reformers in history, were all murdered in order to maintain the status-quo of the Roman aristocracy.

      Though there were some Romans who were more compassionate and understanding than their peers they were mostly in the minority. The series does the Roman personalities depicted a great justice in their historical accuracy.

      More simply, the Romans were not a very nice lot…

  5. loved last nights episode. even though you know how this is going to end, the writers have done a great job of keeping you hopeful for a different outcome. how close to victory can the rebels get before its swiped away from them. i love the fact that the episodes have been half about romans and half about rebels. its how the episodes have always been since season one focusing on batiatus(forgive spelling please) political and social rise ambitions. so this isnt new to us viewers. knowing more about the romans is a great thing. its etter to see it happen than have it at the last episodes be like a “SAW” movie where at the last scene before spartacus is caught, theres a montage of “heres what happened behind the scenes to give a twist”. sorry for rant. love the show and i know ill being shedding a tear at those last moments of the series.

  6. This episode had me hooked in and bought the idea that the rebellion was done but the surprise taking of the barrier changed my thoughts and gave me hope for the rebels.

  7. something about crixus throwing the cup at spartacus face crixus want to kill the romans slaves spartacus doesn,t want crixus to be a leader neavia crixus were aurging crixus doesn,t want neavia to die and gannicus is a leader to spartacus gannicus saxa is in love sibyl give her up to gannicus and spartacus release leata yet spartacus falls in love with leata.

  8. This is my first comment on any post referring to Spartacus. Let me say that I fell head over heels for this character many years ago when Kirk Douglas played the role. Back then the storyline, fight scenes and his deep love for Varinia (now known as Sura which I wished was me) made a lasting impession and remains so to this day. The way Andy Witfield played Spartacus rekindled my affection for the character. I have been kept inspired by his deep dedication to the character during his path/destiny for great and unfortunate things. How life can imitate art still breaks my heart. I hope that since this storyline has been recreated with great special effects, a touch of a shakesperian dialog, physical endurance not to mention great actors to do same, that this series is nominated for an award.

  9. For all the blood, guts and almost X rated pornographic scenes, the series is DUE some kind of award. Either in writing, dialogue, acting, it doesn’t matter as long as it is acknowledged. Because from season 1 until now, even after losing the Great Andy Whitfield this series has grown bolder, braver, and better almost with each episode. The way they play and use Marcus Crassus is nothing short of miraculous. I hate the man but I have to love the character for being as richly wrote and woven into the story line. I know there will be an “End” soon, but I hope that the writers take a “different” approach. Meaning why don’t they let Spartacus have his final fight against Crassus and his men, but some how some way, do not let him be taken or recognized. Let him some how get away by either thought of him being dead through deception or by walking away from the battle to live in secresy for the rest of his life? His body was Never recovered “according to History” so why does he HAVE to die? He doesn’t, and I hope the writers see that too and let Spartacus live on.

  10. Can someone please explain why Kore wouldn’t tell Crassus that she was raped. I can understand that she wouldn’t want to hurt the man she loves by telling him that his own son defiled her just to get back at him. However, knowing the kind of man Caesar is (with his arrogance and his pride), she should know that he would have taunted Tiberius with knowledge of her visit. Also, since Tiberius has threatened her on multiple occasions that should she ever talk to his father about what happened he would do much worst to her. Given this knowledge, I dont understand how she would flee to the opposition knowing full well how much that would hurt Crassus (he doesn’t know why she had to leave), and knowing that she would die. I understand that she would want freedom but had she told Crassus he would’ve changed his mind about her being in Sinuessa En Valle. So yeah…if someone understood why she did what she did, please tell me.

    • If you rewatch the final sequence between Kore and Crassus, you will see in their exchange where Crassus told Kore that he would forgive Tiberius of any thing; she then replied that she knew where she stood. In that exchange therein lies the answer that you seek. Also, did Kore really love Crassus? She simply was his slave and provided to hime the physical comfort that he sought at his demand. She knew her place and her role and she did it as Crassus was obviously a prize meal ticket for her which Tiberius ruined-more for Crassus than for her I believe.

  11. In the episode of “the spoils of war”, the difference that i have observed between the Crassus and the Spartacus was that Spartacus was trying to cure every wound and become a shield for every person that has been the prey of the cruelty of Romans. If you closely observe, Spartacus doesn’t sell the girl so named Laeta but Crassus does so. Here the story writer tries to convince the audience that Spartacus is the right man to follow.I must praise the team;director, producer, story writer and all the crew including the characters who are involved in developing such a heartfelt serial to all of us.