Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 7: The Ides of March Calls its next Victim


If there is one day even the great Caesar must fear, it’s the Ides of March. In Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 7, we’ll see what fate befalls Gaius Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) on this pivotal day. While he might not die, since that will come much later at the hands of his Senate, he may just lose a key battle to the rebels.

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With only four more episodes left of the visceral series, fans should expect major loses from both sides in each of the remaining episodes. As for myself, I’m still curious to see what the Spartacus series finale will bring. The episode is entitled “Victory.” But for whom? Historically, there is some confusion over whether Spartacus died in battle or not since it was reported that his body was never found. So showrunner Steven DeKnight may take some creative liberties with the ending.

Spartacus Season 3 Episode 7, “Mors Indecepta,” airs Friday at 9PM on Starz.

Spartacus: War of the Damned begins the end of a brutal journey into Rebellion, Blood and Sex

“When we have laid waste to the mighty republic, who will you turn your wrath upon then?”

After three seasons of Blood and Cock, plus one prequel season, Spartacus will come to an end – one written in several tons of Roman blood by creator Steven S. DeKnight.

The series gave us two heroes to cheer on: the original Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, who sadly passed away due to cancer and Liam McIntyre who took over in the second season. Both actors won our affection, turning us into fans of the arena and Spartacus’ David vs Goliath war with Rome and those who murdered the gladiator’s beloved. We also met countless supporting heroes – including Crixus (Manu Bennett), Agron (Dan Feuerriegel), Doctore (Peter Mensah) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare) – each one of which we would be more than willing to run into battle with.

Sure, the fight scenes in Spartacus are over the top and worthy of Quentin Tarantino. But it’s that stylized blend movie blood and a peppered sex scenes every ten minutes, bathed in wine, that make this series so damned epic.

spartacus LucretiaAnd let’s not forget Lucy Lawless as Lucretia. Put Lawless on screen and she’s always captivating to watch – it’s got to be those piercing eyes. From Battlestar Galactica to Spartacus, she’s constantly won our hearts playing compelling characters. Yet, we’ll always love her for being Xena: Warrior Princess, the powerful TV heroine everyone looked up to and wanted to… you know… yeah…

That’s why going into Spartacus’ final season, dubbed Spartacus: War of the Damned, felt like going into the final Christopher Nolan Batman movie. Now, I’m not comparing the two on the basis of story, but rather fan appeal and its larger than life “epicness”. The series may not have the broad sweeping appeal of a network show, but for fans, each one knows that you’ll never find a show quite like Spartacus again. Seriously, who would condone so much blood, sex and cock on screen in the span of one hour? And, it’s not even a slasher movie.

The opening scene of Spartacus: War of the Damned reminded me of a Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee film, where one man goes up against many and fights like a super human being. It was a great setup, with Sartacus laying waste to Romans from atop his horse. None of it is meant to be taking for reality, but rather as the imagery of battle. Spartacus’ legend is becoming bigger than the man – to some he’s a god (which is why several shots frame him in an up angle). The first blood spilled comes from his horse, not from his men who come rushing in after.

Gannicus and Saxa (Ellen Hollman) took the crown for some of the most vicious kills. Gannicus tore open a Roman’s neck with a double sword smile, ear to ear; it resulted in four different spouts of blood spewing from the felled Roman’s neck. Meanwhile, Saxa is jumping on top of Romans, cutting them down with a dagger. Yes. The final season has begun. Huzzah.

The premiere didn’t waste time on words in the opening scene. That’s not what this series is about. It’s all about savoring those slow motion kills.

Our first words come shortly after Spartacus turns the Roman standard into a weapon. Crixus announces, “Spartacus, the roman’s have sounded retreat.”

“Enemies of Rome” takes place several months after the events in Vengeance, where Spartacus killed Glaber (Craig Parker). He’s liberated the slaves from the mines that Naevia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) was held slave.

But, who cares about all those freed slaves? We’ve seen enough fighting. Where’s the sex?

Have no fear, Gannicus is here. It doesn’t take long before Gannicus gets his orgy on. His main girl is Saxa, but she brings along two women to get the wine-flowing orgy started.

Gannicus has yet to take his place at Spartacus’ side as a general of the rebel army. He prefers not to put himself over the other rebels and reminds Spartacus that his allegiance to the cause is merely a promise kept to the fallen Oenomaus. He pointed out to Spartacus that the rebels look to him as a god, which we later saw when Spartacus questioned a man in his camp who had murdered a horse to feed the people.

Oddly enough, in that scene, the man tossed some spare horse parts on the floor and only dark-skinned children ran up to grab the raw meat. Why did he have to throw the meat on the floor and why were there randomly dark-skinned extras to grab that meat? Just before that a man simply walked into his tent and got some horse meat from the table.

“Enemies of Rome” did a smart job of positioning Crassus as Spartacus’ next major threat. Unlike Glaber or Batiatus (John Hannah), Crassus isn’t simply a loathsome rodent of Rome. First, we saw him fighting one of his gladiators, testing his own skill. Then, he fought that gladiator to the death for his freedom. It was a great, arena worthy scene. Just when Crassus was beat, he grabbed the gladiator’s sword in the palm of his hands and turned into the gladiator’s belly. We’ve never had a Roman like this before, much less someone as powerful and wealthy as Crassus. He won by outsmarting his opponent, who thought him defeated.

Later on, Crassus further proved his intelligence by setting up Spartacus to kill two Roman generals, who had greater political influence than he. Crassus made it appear to the Senate as though he was willingly helping his fellow Romans, but we soon realized it was a feint to remove them from power and make him look like the good soldier – who reluctantly took their position on death.

Crassus actually compares himself to Spartacus. This is the kind of enemy we need going into the final season, a man who is not afraid to get his hands dirty and who can “potentially” match Spartacus in battle.

Unfortunately, direct confrontation won’t happen for some months yet. “Winter is coming,” as they say in the North on Game of Thrones.

It’s time to: “Salt mortal wound with blood and death.” Yeehaw!

I kind of want to see a nod to Gladiator. Imagine it. Spartacus is in the snow, some Roman thinks that he has the upper hand and then Spartacus quotes Maximus (Russell Crowe), “The frost, sometimes it makes the blade stick.” Then, wham. Spartacus delivers the crushing blow.

Nine more episodes to go. This is going to be one wild ride.

Favorite Moment:
– Spartacus takes his two swords and slices off the heads of the Roman generals with two broad cuts. It echoed the opening scene, where Gannicus used his two swords to open up one Roman’s neck.

Spartacus airs Fridays at 9/8C on STARZ.

Spartacus: War of the Damned returns with Purpose on Jan 25

The plight of Spartacus and his rebels is coming to a close in 2013.

On Jan 25, Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere on STARZ, bringing the era of producing cock with “purpose” to a close. The final season features Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Dan Feuerriegel and Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Simon Merrells and Todd Lasance join the cast as Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar respectively.

Below is the latest key art for the final season of Spartacus:

Watch the interview with Cynthia Addai-Robinson below:

Steven DeKnight Talks Incursion & Final Season of Spartacus

Liam McIntyre Calls New Spartacus’ Army the Reservoir Dogs of War of the Damned

Spartacus: Cynthia Addai-Robinson Says Naevia’s Transition from Slave to Champion was ‘Exhausting’

Raise your hand if you thought that the Naevia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) versus Ashur (Nick Tarabay) scene at the end of Spartacus: Vengeance was one of the most rewarding scenes of the series?

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In this interview with Addai-Robinson, the actor talks with us about Naevia’s pivotal transition from slave to champion, including her fated battle with Ashur. Coming into the role, Addai-Robinson started off “cold” with “no fight experience.” She discusses her behind-the-scenes training and how she was able to “dig deep” to pull off one of the most memorable scenes of Spartacus: Vengeance.

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Watch the full interview with Cynthia Addai-Robinson below:

Interview: Steven DeKnight Talks Final Season of Spartacus and Upcoming Incursion Series

Steven DeKnight Talks Incursion & Final Season of Spartacus: Facing Threats from Within

How do you not become the thing you hate?

At Comic Con 2012, Spartacus: War of the Damned showrunner Steven DeKnight discussed the evolving character of Spartacus (Liam McIntyre). He’s defeated Batiatus (John Hannah) and Glaber (Craig Parker), the two people responsible for what happened to his wife. Now, it’s time to shift focus from vengeance and hone in on Spartacus’ approach towards slavery and taking down the Roman empire.

Despite the bonds formed between the rebels in Spartacus: Vengeance, DeKnight hints at heightened internal turmoil within Spartacus’ ranks. It also looks like rape will be a a major issue in the final season.

DeKnight also gives us an overview of his upcoming series, Incursion. He calls it Black Hawk Down on another planet.

Watch the full interview below:

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Exclusive Interview: Liam McIntyre Calls New Spartacus’ Army the ‘Reservoir Dogs’ of ‘War of the Damned’

We all know that if there are two things you can expect from a new season of Spartacus, it’s “blood” and “cock”. However, Spartacus: War of the Damned star Liam McIntyre let us in on a few nuances to expect in the series’ final season.

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At Comic Con, McIntyre called his four man team of Agron (Daniel Feuerriegel), Crixus (Manu Bennett), and Gannicus (Dustin Clare) the Reservoir Dogs of Rome. Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) may have been defeated, but there are still several challenges ahead, including maintaining unity within the ranks.

McIntyre also geeks out with us over his favorite moments from Vengeance and let us know just how much the loss of Mira (Katrina Law) will play into Spartacus’ actions during the final season.

Watch the interview with McIntyre below:

New ‘Spartacus Legends’ Fighting Game Promises to Turn Gamers into Gladiators

The heart of Rome beats in the sands of the Coliseum. If you’re a fan of Gladiator of Starz’ Spartacus, at some point you probably wondered how you would stack up against the Roman Gladiators and of course the treacherous Senate. What alliances would you forge as a slave? And which gladiators would you trust to have your back?

Now, the Roman War of the Damned is coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN. Ubisoft has just announced a new game based off of Starz Spartacus, called Spartacus Legends. It’s been a long time coming and the game is set to release in 2013, with the final season of Spartacus: War of the Damned.

Production on the game is already well underway. Ubisoft states that actor Liam McIntyre, who stars as the famed rebel, was “very involved” with the production. The actor lends both his likeness and voice to the game.

According to Ubisoft, McIntyre: “Played early builds of the game and provided his creative feedback throughout the development process.”

The fighting game is developed by Kung Fu Factory. And, yes, you will be able to play as Crixus (Manu Bennett). According to the release, the game is said to have “thousands of ruthless weapon combinations and a robust skill system.” It also says that the game will focus on “visceral” combat “usually ending in death.” Does anyone smell Mortal Kombat style fatalities? I hope so. One thing that sets Spartacus apart from other Roman historical drams is the over indulgence in blood and the overuse of the word “cock.” Gamers will be able to customize their gladiator. No word yet on if you can customize the cock. Hey, it’s the tone of the series – just saying.

Ubisoft has yet to announce other playable characters in the game, but the game will be playable at San Diego Comic Con. Personally, I’ll also be looking forward to playing as Doctore/Oenomaus (Peter Mensah) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare). After Spartacus: Vengeance, it would also be cool to see Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) in battle as well as Agron’s (Dan Feuerriegel) countrymen.

I’m sure some of you out there will also want to play as Glaber (Craig Parker) and Ashur (Nick Tarabay), but for me, I’ll be looking to pound their faces into the sands of the Coliseum, while the Romans cheer me on.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Spartacus game? Which characters do you most want to play as?

Stay tuned throughout Comic Con for more on Spartacus. We’ve got interviews lined up with the cast so be sure to check back

Rebellion Grows in ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ – New Production Footage Reveals Massive War

Often shows scale down during their final season, cutting back on production costs to balance out the cost of the rising contracts.

Not Spartacus.

In Spartacus: War of the Damned, the series’ final season, fans can look forward to bigger, bolder fight scenes. The scale has been increased to accommodate the ranks of Spartacus’ (Liam McIntyre) rebelling slaves, which now totals more than 30,000 after the victory at the Battle of Vesuvius and demise of Gaius Claudius Glaber.

In this behind-the-scenes look at the final season, McIntyre takes us through some of the first production shots of the series. There aren’t too many spoilers, just a lot of action. You’ll also get a taste of some of the new characters showing up, including Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance).

The video below features some of Spartacus’ most trusted comrades, such as: Crixus (Manu Bennett), Lugo (Barry Duffield) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare). You’ll also see Kore (Jenna Lind), Donar (Heath Jones), Laeta (Anna Hutchison) and Crassus (Simon Merrells).

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Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight always loves to give his fans several epic deaths. I just hope Gannicus and Crixus go out in the blaze of glory they deserve.

Check out the new footage from the Final Season of Spartacus:

Let us know your thoughts on the series and what you are looking forward to most as we approach the end of Spartacus.