|The Dead and the Dying|
|Date Aired||April 5, 2013|
Crassus learns that a fellow prominent Roman is attempting to steal the glory of defeating Spartacus. Spartacus looks for a bargaining chip he can use against the Romans.
Spartacus attacks a small group of Roman soldiers and once they are dead, he realizes they are not Crassus's men as Crassus' men have a Bull symbol and these men have a different symbol. Laeta confirms they are commanded by Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus - Rome's greatest warrior because of their dolphin and eagle symbol. Nasir then tells Spartacus a rider approaches. At first they think it is a Roman, but as they look more closely they realize it is Naevia, who is holding Crixus' severed head. She later tells Spartacus that the days after they parted were full of victory, until confronted with Crassus and his men. The reason she was left to live was to taunt Spartacus with the vision of his end.Spartacus then sends some of his men to Crassus' camp, posing as Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus' soldiers in order to lure him and some of his men to meet with them. Caesar recognizes the rebels, but decides to stay silent. He then suggests sending Tiberius. On arrival at the camp, Tiberius and his men are captured, and Spartacus recognizes Tiberius' sword and asks him if it was the one that killed Crixus. Spartacus and his men then decide to kill them in a night of gladiator games, as a tribute to the fallen rebels. In the Roman camp, there are still survivors from Crixus' last battle, now prisoners; including Agron who survived his wound inflicted by Tiberius. Agron is beaten for not giving information about the location of the rebel army. When Caesar aproaches, the German tries to get up but is punched by a Roman and Crassus commands him to be nailed to a cross as a warning. When Crassus learns of his son's capture by a messenger, he sends Caesar to offer a trade: the 500 survivors for Tiberius' life. Kore visits Tiberius and goads him about how bad it feels to be in chains and condemed to the whims of a master, to which he replies that he would return her to his father if she set him free, since Crassus still loves her. She says she had not dared hope for such a thing and tells him she will return at nightfall to see his death, a thing she longs for. Spartacus is the first to fight, and his first opponent is one of Tiberius' bodyguards. He seems more capable then the other captured Romans, but when Spartacus faces the crowd, a soldier tosses his sword to the ground, shouting, "I am a Roman! I will not fight for your fucking entertainment!" before Spartacus swiftly cuts his throat, warning all other Romans to fight or die. He orders two to face him next, and expectedly fends them off easily enough, until one of them manages to inflict a small wound across his face. They continue fighting for a short while, until Spartacus buries his swords on the ground in an X shape. He then fights them unarmed, but proves very proficient with the use of his fists, and is able to dodge, hit, and grapple very effectively. Spartacus takes the combatant wearing chainmail by the head, and slams him between the buried swords, slitting his throat and killing him swiftly. Spartacus quickly disarms the remaining Roman, who then attempts to strike him using his own fists, which proves incredibly futile. Spartacus reclaims his swords, stands behind the injured and exhausted Roman, and kicks him. He then jumps up into the air and drives the swords through his eyes, killing him and drawing forth a huge roar from the rebels. Gannicus is called out by Spartacus, who claims that two Romans is not enough. He orders three to fight him. During the fight, as Spartacus returns to his seat next to Laeta, she says that Gannicus seeks to best him. He replies with, "Gladiators seek to best all, it is how they survive." Gannicus is seemingly outmatched when the three Romans corner him to the edge of the cliff; though this may just be for show, it still creates concern in Sibyl's eyes. He grabs hold of a spear, and performs an incredible leap to get him out of the corner. Spartacus compliments Gannicus on how he is the only one of the gladiators to win his freedom upon the sands; Laeta questions why Gannicus fights for the rebels if he was freed, and Spartacus says he did it to honor a fallen brother Oenomaus, and says it is the bond that joins all men in such pursuit. Gannicus launches a kick into his opponents, knocking a Roman off the cliff. He then easily impales another through the stomach, and leaves but one, who is injured from Gannicus slicing his leg. Laeta looks disturbed, and Spartacus questions this. Laeta states that they are no longer her people. She does not like the gory sights, but revels in its meaning. Gannicus decapitates the Roman and tosses his head into the crowd. Saxa, Lugo and Nasir are among the rebels to fight the rest of the captured Romans, and they have no problem with killing them all. Rabanus and Pollux, two former Gladiators from The House of Batiatus, are also given a match to fight. When all the Roman soldiers have been slain, signaling Tiberius' turn, Naevia has the honor of fighting him. However, during the fight, Caesar arrives to offer the trade; Spartacus is first hesitant but finally agrees to it. Just before she tries to behead Tiberius, Spartacus stops Naevia and tells her of the trade, telling her that it is her choice. She lets Tiberius live, but tells him she will have his life someday. When an injured Tiberius hobbles towards an amused Caesar, Kore runs at him in anger to claim her vengeance and kills Tiberius by stabbing him in the back. Spartacus then tells her in anger that she has just taken 500 lives. She replies that Crassus will still make the trade, offering to go in Tiberius' place.
Tiberius' body is returned to a deeply saddened Crassus along with Kore. He tells Caesar they march for Spartacus to see him to deserved end. He then embraces Kore who refers to him as Marcus, but he corrects her saying that from now on she will address him as dominus.Loved ones are seen returned to their families at the rebels camp, including Agron. That night Naevia burns Crixus' severed head to honor him and the dead. Each rebel calls out the name of those loved who have fallen, Sura, Varro, Mira, Diotimos, Oenomaus, Duro, Donar, Nemetes, Sanus, Barca, Rhaskos, Acer, Liscus, Fortis, Vitus, Tychos, Sophus, Mannus, and Plenus. Finally all chant Crixus. Spartacus declares that all those able, will make final stand against Rome, and promises they will live free or join their brothers in death.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Marcus Licinius Crassus
- The Veteran
The episode is based on a real event that took place in 72 BC. After Crixus had been defeated and killed by consul Gellius Publicola, both he and another consul, Cornelius Lentulus, engaged Spartacus in open battle. Spartacus defeated both armies, and around 600 or more Roman legionaries were captured in the battle.
Whether for personal amusement or to honour Crixus, Spartacus forced the prisoners to face one another in gladiatorial combat, leading to around 300 fights taking place. Crixus' head being returned to Spartacus may have happened during his battle against Publicola and Lentulus; it may have been thrown or shown to Spartacus before the battle as a way to intimidate or scare Spartacus. It is very possible that following or during these funeral games, Spartacus may have cremated it, if it had not been lost during the fighting among the dead.
"This night, hearts lift in joyous reunion with those thought lost to us. Fathers. Brothers and sisters. Sons and lovers. Hold them close for the shadow of Rome is upon us. We shall seek our destiny together - whatever the cost. Yet let us not pass from memory those left absent from our arms - those who sacrificed their lives so that all may live free."
"Split heavens with the sound of his name." "Let it carry to Crassus and Pompey, as distant thunder promising storm of blood." "All who are able, will make final stand against Rome." "And this I promise you, we will live free, or join our brothers in death."