Warning: this review contains spoilers
In the premier episode of Season 3 (Spartacus: War of the Damned) we return to Spartacus' rebellion as he marches on Rome. At the beginning of the episode we find that the action has jumped ahead from where Season 2 left off.
A Quick Recap
If the first episode of the new season delivers one thing, it is this; the unveiling and development of a devious new antagonist to face off with the mighty Spartacus and his growing army of rebelling slaves. Enemies of Rome introduces us to Crassus, a wily and complex villain. With Glaber out of the way, it is imperative that the show quickly establishes a believable and interesting villain.
However, before Spartacus is given the opportunity to face off against Crassus, he must first dispatch two lesser foes in Cossinius and Furius. Spartacus is able to win the battle against them fairly easily, but it is only later that we find out that Crassus has as good as sacrificed the two generals for his own purposes, namely, to gain control of more Roman forces.
Meanwhile, Spartacus is also seeing his own role change. As his army increases in size, which is an advantage in battle, he also has to accustom himself to a newly expanded leadership role. Spartacus must reevaluate what his motives are for leading his rebellion, and as Gannicus warns, between vengeance and forgiveness, one carries much more importance than the other.
At the end of the episode, Spartacus promises his army a city, so the stage is set for Season 3 to explode, with Spartacus on the war path, Crassus slowly developing into a worthy adversary, and a final outcome that will provide a definitive conclusion to an epic TV series and a historical legend.
Reactions and Reviews
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