‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ Series Finale Review

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It’s hard to believe that a series which has had more than its fair share of struggles – both with the untimely passing of original series lead Andy Whitfield and the sheer amount of people who wrote Spartacus off early on, mistakenly believing it to be for purely puerile interests – actually made it as far as this program did.

But as we approached the final episodes of Spartacus: War of the Damned, the series easily illustrated how it managed to become one of the most consistently enjoyable, well-written and yet tragically underrated programs on television.

And as the series progressed toward the end – which will certainly be thought of as coming too soon – it was clear that even though the story could have been decompressed and drawn in smaller strokes, the road to ‘Victory’ had been given considerable thought by Stephen S. DeKnight and his team of writers. Which is why, even though the final hour of Spartacus would have an enormous amount of heavy lifting to do, the opening sequence (which also serves as a nice homage to another Spartacus) perfectly illustrates the message of the series and the legacy of all these characters we’ve come to know and feel something for.

Admittedly, in that opening moment when Gannicus utters the phrase “I am Spartacus,” it felt as though some trickery might be afoot. But rather than play games regarding the inevitability of their characters’ fate, the writers simply and effectively demonstrated how the name Spartacus had become something more important than a single man. The name Spartacus is something as powerful and laden with meaning as “the bringer of rain” was to Batiatus before it would become synonymous with his doom. The name Spartacus had been transformed into a symbol and a movement that could be embodied by all those thirsting to be free.

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That notion is made clear one final time as Spartacus and Gannicus have a quiet discussion wherein they discover how their radically divergent paths had come to an end in pretty much the same place: willing to die so that others could live to carry on and disseminate what the name Spartacus truly meant. The Thracian sums it by saying, “Life is what defines it. Not the death of Romans, nor ours, nor those that follow us into battle. But the life of Sibyl, or Laeta. The mother and her child…They are all Sura, and I would see them live.”

That establishment of the series’ intent and sharp delivery of the message allowed ‘Victory’ to gradually become an intense and breathless wave of action that gleefully toyed with the viewers’ expectations without disrupting the purpose and meaning of the inescapable climax. From the onset, it was clear how outnumbered Spartacus was, how silly it seemed for him to take a stand against the might of Rome, and in this instance we are reminded of how Crixus fell. And still, despite the insurmountable odds and the certainty of his fate, Spartacus puts on a brilliant showing, and for a brief moment the viewer is invited to believe that history can, in this instance anyway, be rewritten.

Spartacus’ cunning and relentless drive puts the Romans momentarily on their heels – especially when Gannicus arrives, dividing the army’s attention and narrowly missing Crassus and Caesar with a barrage of Roman spears. But as soon as Lugo starts (literally) swinging a flaming hammer of death, the momentum begins to shift and familiar characters are sent off to the afterlife. Whether we knew them from the first moments of the series, during Gods of the Arena, Vengeance or even during War of the Damned, as each character falls in battle, their death lands with astonishing impact.

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But ‘Victory’ doesn’t settle for simple one-and-done confrontations. Instead, it delights with moments like Spartacus knocking Crassus from his horse then, after pursuing him atop a hill and slaying several of his men, halting Crassus’ signature technique and using it against him. It was like the battle itself: a losing endeavor, but one that was filled with some incredible and unforgettable moments.

And while the battle was won for Rome, (sort of) like history would remember it, the cost was great on both sides. Crassus would have his victory, but at the expense of total glory and worse, the life of Kore. Meanwhile, Gannicus found something worth living for and wound up crucified for it, but is greeted in death by Oenomaus and the roar of the arena he was once a god in.

‘Victory’ (and the series) ends with Agron, Nasir and the other survivors, looking back on the man who had shown them to their freedom, leaving Spartacus under a red serpent – as had been foretold when the series first began.

Drawing that kind of circle back to the beginning of the series was an incredibly effective way of ending Spartacus and it helped demonstrate once more just how far the series had come since its seemingly inauspicious beginning. This is the kind of series one hopes is not soon forgotten. Looking back on Spartacus as a whole, it seems impossible that it ever will be.

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  1. From the beginning I too was a skeptic siting it’s crude similarities too 300 and soft porn, then the show hits stride with the house of Batiatis, and it’s training of the gladiators and with Andy we had heroes and characters we all fell love with the ending all too soon and yet well timed acted and developed, I too am among the many men who was in tears at the end, thank you producers for giving us a show that will probably won’t be topped for a season or two

  2. I can honestly say that this was the most beautifully written, satisfying, sad, exciting, edge-of-your-seat finale for a show that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Every character was so fleshed out. Every engagement in battle was so well choreographed and performed. Even the CGI was of a quality that I didn’t imagine possible from a TV series.

    The crucifixion of Gannicus, the death of Spartacus and the appearance of Andy in the credits made this absolutely perfect. Not many writers could end a series like this and and get such good feedback from fans. Hats off to the writers and Starz.

    • well said.

  3. I loved it. I never watched the 2nd season which introduced the new Spartacus. I started watching again when the 3rd and final season came around and now regret not seeing it in sequence. It was still impactful though and the new Spartacus really grew on me. Hopefully we get other spin off’s or new shows from these writers and producers. Really loved it.

  4. tel me when is the next series

    • Never

  5. I loved this show and was so sad to see it end, but as a fan of TV serials, I’m also gratified it went out on such a high note instead of overstaying its welcome. So many amazing things about the series in general and the finale in particular. Every death was wrenching–I was particularly saddened about Naevia, I had so wanted her to escape and find out she was carrying Crixus’ child–but each death was powerful and somehow, in character. Gannicus’ death was really affecting as well; it is not often than a crucifixion–arguably one of the worst ways to die on earth!–can be turned into a moment of triumph. And the shock and horror of seeing Kore among the crucified was matched by the delight at seeing that Agron and Nasir survived, and were able to carry Spartacus off to a safe place where he could die surrounded by his friends, and be honored in death in the most fitting, full-circle way imaginable. The acting was top-notch, the writing terrific, and the show just got better, tighter and more spectacular with each season. Gratitude, Starz, and every actor and member of the Spartacus crew–especially Andy Whitfield, who originally brought Spartacus to life (beautiful moment with the credits, too!)–for giving viewers fabulous, high-quality television that will sorely be missed, and always be remembered, just as Spartacus has been remembered.

  6. The Spartacus ending was superb! In fact, the writing throughout was so good that I sometimes rooted for the “villains”. When it came to the rebels vs. Romans, I wanted the rebels to prevail– mostly. Not always: e.g., Naevia vs. blacksmith Attius. I felt her cruelty was uncalled for. And remember how she sliced off the baker’s fingers? I hated Caesar when he was in disguise at Sinuessa but later on, I wanted him to win over Tiberius. Then in the last episode I wanted Caesar to lose to Gannicus (I knew he that wouldn’t), but he cheated and stood behind his lads until Gannicus was well weakened and wounded from fighting. The music was stirring and befitted the glorious deaths which the rebels suffered at the Romans’ hands. Though he was another rebel stabbed in the back, Spartacus’s death under a cloud of falling rain was proper for the legendary Bringer of it. Victoria aut mors. And the tribute to Andy Whitfield at the end was quite frankly a touch of class. Very well done.

  7. What an epic finale. I was skeptical when the series started but I think I became a fan after the 4th episode. Then with Andys passing I thought the series was over because no one would be able to pull off the role but Liam proved me wrong. The last episode of last season won me over with Liam. The finale Sunday was easily the best episode and finale I have seen in a long time. Thank you Starz and co for such an epic series

  8. i cant believe spartacus dies in the end and the slaves still are not free. i just dont see the point of the whole movie not.at least free the slaves in the end.

    • If you wanted the series to be reasonably historically accurate then what you saw is what did happen for the most part; the slaves were not freed, and Spartacus did die. People recognize still today, thousands of years later what Spartacus attempted to do and appreciate and respect him for it, even though he was not successful-as you can see by the other comments in this thread. Spartacus claimed victory by dying a free man; he was right, and guess that will have to do in the end.

      • There is actually no proof Spartacus died in that battle – his body was never found.

        • There was actually very little that was not accurate. Onomeus and Crixus (who were both real, although Onomeus was actually another Gaul) both died the way they did in the show. Spartacus defeated Glaba as he did in the show, by climbing down the mountain on vines, and of course they were all killed an executed on the Appian Way.

          I was surprised when Tiberius was killed. He wasn’t killed in the Spartacus rebellion. He survived, although he and Crassus were killed in the battle of Carrhae about 20 years later.

          • Hi Seb,

            Strictly speaking that last paragraph isn’t correct. The real Crassus didn’t have a child named Tiberius. He had one named Marcus (junior, I guess) and another – I think – named Publicus. It was Publicus who was killed along with Crassus at Carrhae.

            I got the impression that the show was suggesting Crassus had wiped Tiberius from the family history due to his, uh, misbehaviours!

    • It’s how it happened in real life. Look it up. The Third Servile War.

  9. Great series ever, epic ending to spartacus, when he dies at the end I cried, and when I saw Andy at the end of the credits I got chills, I will miss this show…

  10. Gratitude, to all the producers and writers. I have been a large fan from day one. Although history tells the end somehow I must say I’ve became attached to many of the characters. This series deserve an Oscar! The way is was written and for respect given to each of our heros during their deaths. Although we experience bloody deaths the writers gave some respect when it came to our heros. Thank you….Thank you. Please continue your great work no one could ever top what you have done here. As, I pull myself from the characters and dry my tears excepting that they were actors. My tears are few each day. Now I will have to find some to do on Fridays! Farewell my friends you jobs were well done and you touched many’.

    Truly missed!!

  11. Posted this under episode 8 due to all of the activity, but I think it is also appropriate here.

    I’m still thinking about the finale some two days after it aired. Dialogue…visuals….action….sound. Robin writes above that it will take her (him?) a while to forget. I don’t know that I will. There are some shows that I think align with one’s being in one way or another – maybe even only by thread of a part of one’s ideologies or philosophies in life. Long after the show has ended the characters remain vivid in memory. Over time, when characters also fade a glimmer of something – maybe just an intense feeling of identification – still remains. The Spartacus series as a whole was just that for me, e.g. “one of those shows.” I feel just as blessed the show made it through to a tough but satisfying finale as I do watching the B-reel like rocky start of a pilot several years back. Major, major accomplishment in a tv series world filled with drek. It never went south but stayed on course and true to itself to the bitter end.

    Grateful such a fantastic series was produced and aired during my lifetime.

  12. Easily one of the greatest season (series) finales I have ever seen; possibly the greatest. It had everything. I’ve seen a lot of finales, but often they do not deliver. It had everything you could ask for in a finale.

    I am a little consfused however. What did Pompey do that allowed him to claim victory? At work currently, so I can’t check the episode. What Spartacus’ wanted to do, buy time for the women and children and the rest, for them to get away, did that actually work?

    I know we see Agron etc where Spartacus dies, but are they free after that or does Pompey capture all of them?

    It kinda changes a lot for me. I thought they all escaped (but not sure anymore). I didn’t feel sad at all at the end of the episode. They all died free or in battle. But what I loved was that the rest got away; now, I’m not sure if that actually happened… Quite annoying, this is.

    • @ Statix

      Pompey claimed victory because he intercepted the escaping slaves. Who knows for sure if he got them all. At least we know that the group that were with Spartacus at the very end got away.

      • @ Brian

        Thanks for clearing that up. I think I saw a rather large group of people in the background after the scene in which Spartacus died. Could be wrong.

        I’ll check the episode once I get home.

        • I was under the impression that the slaves split into two groups when reaching the mountain (as Spartacus ordered). This gave them a better chance at survival. I thought Pompeii only intercepted one of the groups, leaving the other to escape. Pompeii then claimed that Spartacus was among the group that he intercepted.

          • @ Tee

            From what I remembered Spartacus wanted all the slaves to leave at once to have a better change of getting away. The group that stayed at the mountain to wait for him did that against his wishes (To the best of my recollection).

            Turns out to be a good thing too since Pompey caught up to that other group and that is why he was able to claim victory.

  13. Easily one of the best series I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. I was there right from the beginning and marveled at the character progression such that I felt so intertwined with them. The name Spartacus will be revered in my mind from this point forth. Gratitude to the actors, writers and producers for bringing this to form.

  14. I really cannot get over the final fight between Crassus and Spartacus. Rarely a final showdown is done in such a satisfying way. No quick camera cuts or shots. Just allowing the actors to display their skills of storytelling through a great sword fight that I saw ending when Crassus pulled out the unexpected trick only to be countered by Spartacus’ unexpected move.

  15. Many mouthbreathers & simpletons discounted this series due to the ultra violence & sex without actually observing the show. Their opinion is invalid & not to be considered.

    The series on the whole was very well written with interesting stories & characters. The final episode was probably the best series finale i’ve seen since most other series are crap finales.

    Many people forget there was no concept of individual human rights. This is how it was, barbaric & brutal.

  16. Fantastic brilliant praise to all actors from start to finish and everybody involved in prodution. only thing ever too bring tears to my eyes at the end. So sorry to see it finish, best wishes to all in the future. leigh

  17. Never have I enjoyed a series as much since Rich Man Poor Man nearly.40 yrs ago..can anyone remember that one?…Liam McEntire was a perfect replacement for Andy Whitfield…Very clever series and a brilliant finish..could we do a Bobby Ewing with Spartacus please?

  18. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t ad a little historical note at the end. When you know the history you really do appreciate the show more. Do you mind if I write a little?

    Firstly Crixus and Onomeus were real (although Onomeus was not black, he was a Gaul) They were Spartacus’ Lieutenants and they died as they did in the show.

    Pompey did get the credit but not in the way the show depicted. He arrived in the war late and only joined in the final battle. He was a military superior so got to command and claimed victory.

    Crassus, Caesar and Pompey formed a triumvirate and were all consul of Rome. Eventually Crassus was muscled out and after conquering Gaul Caesar waged a civil war against Pompey and became dictator of Rome. After Caesar was assassinated his nephew Octavian became the first Emperor, Augustus Caesar.

    After being muscled out of the Triumvirate Crassus attempted to get some military glory by setting out on a campaign against the Parthians in Mesopotamia. He was killed in the battle of Carrhare 20 years after the Spartacus rebellion. It was one of the most crushing and humiliating defeats suffered by the Roman Empire.

    Tiberius was not killed in the rebellion. He survived, but was killed at Carrhare with his father.

    Lastly the Rebellion was MUCH MUCH larger in real life than it was in the show. Spartacus Commanded an army of 200,000 and the Romans had the same, if not more. The war (the Third Servile War) lasted 2 years and devastated the Italian peninsula.

    I hope you enjoyed that. I have to say that Spartacus will always be one of my favourite tv shows, every season was epic and I will rewatch them all!!

    • If you are versed in the actual history of these events, could you advise if the battle was actually as displayed in this last episode Victory, Episode 10)? Did Spartacus engage Crassus on such a field in order to allow his non-combattants to escape though the mountains? If so, the battle was ill-advised and resulted in the unnecessary deaths of Spartacus and those who died fighting with him. Spartacus and his fighters could have easily marched to the mountains with the women and children keeping his fighters as the rear guard between the pusuing Crassus and the non-combattants. Crassus may never have caught Spartacus, and even if he had, Crassus could not have transported his artillery into the mountains. In addition, mountains are ideally suited for defensive warfare, and the Romans could not have marched into them in their usual battle formations, and would have been greatly disadvantaged thus. In addition Spartacus could have defended against the attack by Pompey as well. Again, if the battle was essentially accurately portrayed by the actual historical events, they show great deficiencies in Spartacus’ generalship and plan of battle (as I have posted before)which of course led directly to his end and that of his followers-and a most unnecessary end it was.

      • Answer to 1 is no but good story telling and plausible because some of the slaves did in fact flee North.

        No Spartacus did not engage Crassus. He was cut down trying to reach Crassus but again good story telling and plausible since his body was never recovered or found and you would think if the Roman’s knew how he died they would’ve known were the body was.

        If you want to learn about the real historical rebellion see the links I posted at the end for the four part documentary from the history channel. Also there are two excellent books I mention if you want to read about the rebellion.

        The show did follow much of the history of the rebellion but; they embellished some of the characters and put actually historical events out of place. Such as; Crixus left Spartacus long before Crassus was ever in the picture. Crixus never attempted to march on Rome. He was defeated soon after separating from Spartacus and he was in the South near the coast.

        All and all the show had great story telling and did follow history not to the letter though.

        • Thank you! And yes, I will read the books on Spartacus which I have yet to do. This wonderful series has interested me to do so. I would like to learn of the events portrayed as they actually happened without having to constantly ask others.

      • You’re right, the last battle did look a little ill thought out but no that’s not what happened. It was actually a lot more like Melia ridge. Crassus chased Spartacus army until he had him cornered in the heel of italy (if you imagine Italy as a boot then I mean the extreme south west)

        Spartacus was trapped and on the relatively thin expanse of land Crassus built a massive fortification and then laid siege. Try to imagine Hadrian’s wall or the wall which was built on Melia ridge. After a few weeks Spartacus was forced to attack.

        I’m not entirely sure but I think Spartacus managed to overcome the wall but was then beaten by the legions beyond it. I think It would have been too difficult for the show to depict this properly so it was probably wiser just to show it as they did.

  19. Best series finale ever. Cable is where the future of story telling lies, not movies. The opportunity to develop characters and plot over several seasons without censor is spellbinding.

    I didn’t think the show would survive without Andy but I Liam grew on me and he is Spartacus!

  20. For those interested in the history of the rebellion Steve is correct. The book by Barry Strauss, The Spartacus Wars is excellent and so is the book by M.J. Trow, Spartacus The Myth And The Man.

    Also you can check out this History Channel documentary on Spartacus it is 5 parts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIcm3MUZZak both authors are part of this documentary.

  21. Here are the 4 part documentary. I like the narration on the five part documentary more informative than above one part.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToCtg06xU_s Part 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6XLWvN6WyE Part 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7TYeY5s_fw Part 3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ymQataRYHw Part 4

  22. I do stand corrected as to the historical accuracy of the show in certain respects as one poster pointed out.

    The poster who described the final battle was absolutely correct in his description. However, given that my impression of the final battle was the one that took place on the ridge of the snow capped mountains. But like the poster described, this actual battle took place in the southwest of Italy where Spartacus was hemmed in by a wall built by Crassus.

    The episode that depicted the wall in the mountains appeared to me to be juxtapositioned with what happened in southwest Italy. I was actually expecting Spartacus’ defeat at that point. So I must admit that this point of the show did in fact confuse me somewhat.

    Prior to this last battle however, historically, Spartacus saw no advantage to dealing with the Romans and in fact had no interest or desire to engage in combat as a result. However, his men were adamantly opposed to retreat since up to that point they had been defeating the Roman Army fairly regularly until to this final situation when they had become cornered. In fact, Spartacus had no interest in going south since his own goal was to move north and flee the republic as soon as possible. Nonetheless, Spartacus was very loyal to the men and women who had followed him so persistently so he could not deny their desires dooming him to his own defeat.

    Like a great Greek tragedy, Spartacus’ greatest strengths of compassion and honor doomed him to his own fate among those he cared for…

    • Actually the final battle on the show played out pretty close to the real final battle and was plausible as potrayed. It is thought Spartacus did use a cavalry flank attack or wanted too. His cavalry did attack the trenches the Romans were building either around their camp or the building of strongholds at the end of the trench for placement of light and mobile catapults. Spartacus would’ve wanted to use his cavalry to break up Rome’s light infantry whose job was to send a steady stream of slings and arrows as portrayed in the show depriving the Romans of their missile capability. Also his cavalry would disrupt the Roman formations. Again like in the show. By the accounts of the Roman writers Spartacus did try and go after and kill Crassus. Spartacus and his courage is one thing all the Roman writers were in agreement regarding the final battle. They were in awe of it. One writer said he; “fought fortissime”. Meanng with the height of personal bravery. Florus said; “he died almost an imperator”. Imperator meaning commander, “a special title symbolizing the bond between a winning general and his men.” a winning general was saluted as an imperator.

      Spartacus was not pinned in the boot for the final battle or in the southwest hemmed in by a wall. He broke free of the fortifications of Melia Ridge as the show shows. One Roman writer says he filled the trenches with earth, wood and branches and another with the corpses of prisoners whom he had executed and the carcasses of cattle. Yet another writer said he used a cavalry charge.

      After breaking free Spartacus led his army northward through Bruttium, back to Luciana heading for Samnium which was a region of the south central Apennines. Somewhere at this point Catcus and Gannicus decided to leave with 30,000 men. Crassus attack Catcus and Gannicus and they were saved by Spartacus. Crassus gave up the hint as Spartacus came nd saved the breakaway army. Crassus attacked a second time later as he distracted Spartacus and defeated Catcus and Gannicus. The final battle was thought to be most likely in the valley of the Upper Silarus.

    • Short of not having yet read the actual biographies of Spartacus which other posters here have mentioned, I think that your posting here as to the mindset of Spartacus and many of his people makes the most sense and addresses the paradox that I have to date formed about Spartacus and his slave army and what they sought to accomplish-which frankly, the series, as superb as it it was-did little to resolve for me. The paradox: what exactly did Spartacus, Crixus, and the slave army want: to secure their freedom from the Romans, or to roll the dice; engage the Romans, and if lose, go out in a blaze of glory with their heads high. Clearly Crixus was of that latter minset throughout, and Spartacus as well seemed captured by it in Episode #10. The only possibility of the slave army to win their freedom and escape the tyranny of the Romans was to retain the integrity and viability of their army as a vibrant, intact force and to pick their battles very wisely. As I have previously posted, the open-field battle as highlighted in Episode #10 with all the advantages to the larger, disciplined Roman force was unnecessary, very ill-advised, and the slave army’s destruction was almost a foregone conclusion. If Spartacus had thought to march his fighters into the mountains along with his non-combatants, the terrain would have been much more his ally and his prospects would have been much more favorable to engage the Romans there: ie. no battle formations possible for the Romans; nor their field artillery brought there; numerous traps could have set for the Romans (seemingly Spartacus’ specialty) rolling boulders down on top of them; blocking paths with boulders; raining spears and arrows on the Romans from up high, etc. The Roman army was the premier fighting unit of those times; defeating it would have been no easy task in any case, though it was possible. Again, I look forward to reading the biographies of Spartacus to fully understand these eventss and why they happened as they did.

  23. As has been said, the writers used much of the history more accurately than most shows, but did swap things around and alter things to tell the story. And what a story! What a finish! I keep on re-watching the last episode, it is just so moving. Liam was awesome.

    A massive thank you to all involved in what must be the most under-rated series ever. And the truth is YOU ARE SPARTACUS..

  24. I’m a27 year old royal marine and watched every series from the start Iam a huge fan I have never commented on anything before but this show really touches me i cant believe its over with I’m genuinely devastated I was crying me eyes out near the end when he dies haha thank you so much for making such a good tv show Spartacus is much better than game of thrones

  25. Everyone involved in this show should be very proud of what they have achieved nad it must be hoped that in due course it receives the critical acclaim and recognition that it truly deserves.

    The graphic sex and violence (at times jaw dropping – see prequel finale) was only ever a supplement to brilliant story telling, drama, characterisation and powerful acting by the excellent cast. Liam McIntyre had the unenviable task of replacing Andy Whitfield and grew into the role throughout Vengeance. He was outstanding in War of The Damned. The great skill of the writing and acting was to ensure that none of the lead characters was anything other than multi dimensional. Nick Tarabay as the odious Ashur still managed to generate some sympathy through the characters desperate desire to be respected by his peers and masters.

    Of all the outstanding performances I think Dustin Clare’s stands out as the most compelling. Gannicus is a spectacularly talented gladiator with an equal talent for hedonism and humour. However we gradually see a man at odds with himself particularly after his betrayal of Oenamaeus: a man who has own sense of honour and justice and a man who feels he does not belong or is perhaps reluctant to belong. Even in the finale of War of The Damned in conversation with Spartacus, he refers to “Your Cause” despite the fact that he and Spartacus have clearly become close. All of these contradictions are built up and developed with great skill by Clare while retaining the gloroius love of the battle and lust for the good things in life which Gannicus has. Very impressive Dustin.

    Only one very minor criticism. I thnk an extra episode would have been productive between 8 and 9. The storyline of Crixus’s departure and demise seemed a bit rushed.

    That aside brilliant series.

    • Very good analysis; I would have added an extra episode (or even possibly 2) in the start of the series to show how Spartacus and Crixus formed their army, and gained its’ recruits. The very first episode the army was already in place and was fighting a battle with the Romans. Many of the recruits as I recall was from the mines where they rescued Naivia in “Vengeance.” I would have at least had an episode on their liberating he slaves from the mines-likely would have been a good one.

  26. I just read on the internet that Spartacus was cancelled after Vengeance And that they let them make War of the Damned so that they could wrap it up.

    What the Hell?!?! We could have had seven seasons! and War of the Damned was the best so far! I’m sick of networks making these crappy decisions.

  27. I fell in love with the Spartacus from the very first show. I was always on the edge of my seat when watching. I couldn’t wait for the following week to see the next episode. I was sad when the first Spartacus passed away. Even though the second Spartacus had some big shoes to fill, he did a great job. All in all this was a wonderful, breathtaking series, and I’m very sad to see it go.

  28. Hands down best series I’ve ever witnessed.Classic tear jerker ending and Liam really shined…GRATITUDE!

  29. Totally and utterly one bad ass show.This series got my wife and I hooked from the very first episode right through to the final credits and Andy’s I AM SPARTACUS..It was by far one of the best shows that’s been on TV in years,,and I dont think there will be one out there to better it.The acting,,the stars,,the production team,,the story lines (with which were almost to the tee on the history side or more realism),,the action was outstanding and its a real shame the show was bought to an end so soon.We have already pre-ordered the box set off amazon for its release at the end of the month so we can relive every moment again from start to finish.

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