|Date Aired||March 2, 2012|
Spartacus urges his restless rebels to train for the defense of their new sanctuary. Lucretia and Ilithyia seek comfort from each other, while Glaber's forces swell with some deadly new recruits.
The episode starts with flashbacks of Ilithyia trying to dissolve her marriage from Glaber to Varinius. Ashur tells Glaber about the red vile in Ilithyia's chambers, the captured rebels are at the arena when Spartacus,
Mira, Donar, Agron, and somemore burn it down and the murder of Albinius by Glaber, which has as a ripple effect that immediately alters the plans and lives of those closest to him – namely his daughter Ilithyia and his son in-law Gaius Claudius Glaber. The effect is to see Glaber has control of his wife and unborn heir; while Ilithyia sees her hopes of a marriage to Varinius vanish without the influence of Albinius to guide her wishes.
The rebels return from the burning arena to their camp at Vesuvius with a badly injured Oenomaus. Agron tells the rebels about the arena, and Chadara asks of Rhaskos which Donar tells of his death. Then you see Naevia returned to Crixus's arms asking "Do i yet dream" Ashur suggests to Glaber that three of his Roman soldiers do not stand a fighting chance against one of Spartacus’ gladiators. Forced into demonstration, Ashur puts down a trio of Glaber’s men before informing the Praetor that he was considered lowest amongst Batiatus’ men.
Earning favor with Glaber instills Ashur with more power; Ashur immediately abuses it by raping Lucretia, after she chastises him for informing Glaber of Ilithyia’s plans to terminate her pregnancy. The aftermath finds the bond between Ilithyia and Lucretia reformed in pain and suffering, as Lucretia tells a despondent Ilithyia, “If the gods have cast us adrift, we must together discover the cause for return to the blessings of their shores.”
Meanwhile, despite their victory in demolishing the arena, uncertainty grows amongst some in Spartacus’ group. While Mira continues to find ways to be of aid to Spartacus, Naevia and Chadara are far less certain of the path they are on. As Chadara seeks her place by giving herself to men, Naevia is so traumatized by her time in the mines that she contemplates taking her own life, stopped only by Crixus and the assurance that he will teach her to live a life of value despite all that has been taken from her.
Gannicus, who remains with the group only to see that his friend and source of guilt, Oenomaus will recover from injuries sustained in the collapse of the arena. Naturally, given Gannicus’ skill and fortitude, Spartacus is eager to convince him to join their ranks, however Gannicus intends to instead walk in solitude. Gannicus is told Oenomaus awoke and goes to speak with him, Oenomaus is not too pleased to see him. They talk and Gannicus tells him of the night Melitta died, and sadly claims that Melitta chose Oenomaus in the end. However, Oenomaus sees through this since she was with him the night she died and Gannicus not convincing him in denying something went on between them. Oenomaus calls Gannicus a selfish man who only looks out for himself. Hurt by his former friend's words though seeing he was correct, Gannicus says he was a fool to believe he would gain forgiveness he then says word of his departure.
Before he can leave, Gannicus is accused of being in possession of a map which would lead the Romans right to the rebels’ camp. This denial only serves to brings Gannicus to an inevitable confrontation with Spartacus. Gannicus and Spartacus with both proving equal in skill as the other rebels watch intently at the results while Mira notices something amiss.
Mira’s well-placed arrow reveals Chadara to be the real culprit, the fight is proven to be for naught, and Gannicus is once more on his way.Meanwhile, Ashur has raised a fearsome group of his own – including an Egyptian with amazing fighting prowess. Glaber quickly puts the men to task by having them storm Seppius’ house. Glaber kills Seppius himself, putting an end to his defiance. Ashur then picks up the dead roman's bracelet closely examining it with the intention of keeping it.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
- Lucius Caelius
- Gaius Claudius Glaber
- The Murderer
- The Egyptian