Season 2
Number Episode 09
Date Aired March 23, 2012
Writer Brent Fletcher
Director T.J. Scott
Previous Balance
Next Wrath of the Gods

"Monsters" is the ninth episode of Spartacus: Vengeance. It is the twenty-eighth episode of the Spartacus series overall.

Plot OutlineEdit

Spartacus must convince his people to unite againt imminent Roman assault. Lucretia struggles to be free from the commands of men who threaten her fate, and Glaber's ruthlessness has consequences. 


Spartacus finds anger, resentment and mistrust in his ranks and must see old wounds healed if the Rebels are to stand against the might of Rome. Ilithyia returns home to find Seppia (although unwilling) in the arms of Glaber. From Ilithyia's information on the Rebels' location, Ashur pinpoints the site of their temple base, and as reward he is promised his freedom after the defeat of Spartacus. Ilithyia and Glaber also have a heart to heart talk, and Ilithyia finds Glaber not moved from her miraculous survival. However, Lucretia is quite happy and tells Ilithyia of the latest happenings and of Glaber's murder of Seppius, and Ilithyia and Lucretia set young Seppia on a path of vengeance.
Lucretia & Ilithyia.!

Lucretia telling Ilithyia about Seppius death.

Meanwhile, rounds of friendly bouts to end current grievances are set up by Spartacus, as old insults and past wrongs are put right in these friendly battles. Ashur reveals to Lucretia that as well as freedom, Glaber will give Ashur the ludus and his blessing of marriage with Lucretia if Spartacus falls in the upcoming battle. Lucretia is quite dismayed at the loss of her husband's legacy. Varinius returns to Capua (at the secret bidding of Seppia) with directions from the Senate that Glaber is to leave Capua and return to Rome. Varinius is rebuffed by Glaber, and warns of further ruin if Glaber does not obey. Varinius is angered at Seppia's lack of strong evidence of Glaber's wrongdoings and murderous deeds. Lucretia gives a final pep talk to convince Seppia to make attempt on Glaber's life. At the final moment before Seppia's dagger is thrust into Glaber, Ilithyia, from behind, grabs Seppia's dagger, stabs Seppia in her heart and proceeds to violently slit her throat. Glaber and Ilithyia come to a mutual understanding about their marriage, as Ilithyia fuels passion with ambitious talk of power that they both must seek to acquire. Glaber says he will march to Vesuvius and see it done but Ilithyia pushes him against a wall and begins to kiss him, telling him to pause for a moment and that it has been too long since he had been inside her. With that the two proceed to make love in front of the dead Seppia, whose body continues to float in the pool of blood.

Seppia's death.

Seppia's death by Ilithyia.

The Roman attack on the Rebel temple goes forward, Varinius' and Glaber's forces in attendance. Spartacus and Gannicus capture Varinius in the first assault, catching him unaware in the forest. In the temple forecourt, whoever mostly remained of Varinius' frontal assault lay dead, but then huge fire projectiles are soon hurled into the temple. Varinius tries to attack Crixus but the Gaul sees an incoming projectile and pushes Varinius in its path and the praetor is killed. Glaber, his men and Ashur then storm the temple. Overrun, Spartacus and the rebels use their escape tunnels to leave, but not before Oenomaus loses his left eye while fighting the fierce Egyptian mercenary and losses of at least half of the Rebels

Vesuvius fight.

Spartacus& Rebels escape through the tunnel.

Cutting Glaber off from pursuit, the Rebels exit the tunnels only to have their retreat cut off by the rest of Glaber's forces. With no other path that does not lead to certain death, the Rebels take to the steep mountain paths of Mt. Vesuvius. Glaber halts further pursuit and decides to besiege the mountain, hoping to force the rebels to come out in the open, driven by hunger and thirst. Glaber states that Spartacus and his followers will die.

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit

  1. Donar
  2. Lugo
  3. Nasir
  4. Naevia
  5. Oenomaus
  6. Agron
  7. Spartacus
  8. Mira
  9. Crixus
  10. Gannicus
  11. Ilithyia
  12. Glaber
  13. Seppia
  14. Saxa
  15. Nemetes


  • Spartacus and Mira officially end their relationship but remain friends.
  • Spartacus practice training session that was designed to bring the rebels together was a success. Rebels like Gannicus and Oenomaus, Agron and Crixus , Mira and Saxa, Nasir and Lugo, Donar and Nemetes have all managed to put their differences aside and become true comrades.
  • Naevia and Crixus have brought back the physical romance in their relationship.
  • The director of this episode, Michael Hurst, appears as a Roman soldier killed by Gannicus.
  • When Ilithyia asks her husband if there was nothing left between them to which Gaius Claudius Glaber retorts he had asked her the same question and asked if she recalled her reply. This is a reference to the episode Libertus in which Ilithyia tried to divorce Glaber in favor of his fellow Praetor Publius Varinius but the roles in that situation were the other way around.


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Spartacus Vengeance Episode 9 Preview


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