Episodes: 33 (hour)
TV show dates: January 22, 2010 — April 12, 2013
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Andy Whitfield, Liam McIntyre, John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Jai Courtney, Peter Mensah, Nick E. Tarabay, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Katrina Law, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray, Marisa Ramirez, Dan Feuerriegel, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Brett Tucker, and Lucy Lawless.
TV show description:
This dramatic TV series is inspired by the historical figure known as Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic from 73 to 71 BC.
Spartacus (Andy Whitfield, then Liam McIntyre) is a soldier in the Roman Auxiliary who has been taken prisoner. As punishment for defying a Roman Legate, Spartacus has been sentenced to die in the gladiator arena. But, after surviving numerous fights, his sentence is commuted and he is been sold as a slave to be trained as a gladiator.
Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and her husband Batiatus (John Hannah) own the Ludus (a gladiator camp) — as well as Spartacus. The couple has fallen on hard times financially and bought Spartacus in hopes that his fighting prowess would help them regain their status in the brutal world of gladiatorial contests.
Other characters include Spartacus’ Thracian wife, Sura (Erin Cummings); Doctore (Peter Mensah), Batiatus’ most loyal and trusted slave; Crixus (Manu Bennett), the top gladiator at Batiatus’ Ludus; Barca (Antonio Te Maioha), a hulking brute who is Batiatus’ bodyguard and hit man; Glaber (Craig Parker), a Roman Legate who blames Spartacus for his failed military campaign; and Ashur (Nick E. Tarabay), a former gladiator who is the Ludus’ resident bookie.
Episode #33 — “Victory”
Discipline and morale among his followers is breaking down and Spartacus turns his forces to face Crassus — in a final stand against the combined legions of Rome, climaxing the slave revolt at the Battle of the Siler River.
Prior to the battle, Spartacus meets privately with Crassus and the two come to a mutual understanding. Both agree to fight each other to the death on the battlefield. Spartacus also reveals to Crassus that Kore killed Tiberius.
Spartacus gives a final speech to his remaining rebels. Agron creates a sword that will allow him to fight, despite the critical wounds he’s sustained.
At the start of the battle, Spartacus and the rebels manage to kill several Romans, but Lugo is killed by a flaming projectile. A Roman rider wounds Castus who dies in the arms of Nasir and Agron. Saxa is fatally wounded by several Romans and dies in Gannicus’ arms after killing those Romans.
Naevia and Caesar battle. Caesar slits her throat and then stabs her. Caesar and Gannicus battle and Gannicus wounds Caesar, but is surrounded and defeated by Caesar’s soldiers.
Spartcus and Crassus engage in a bloody battle. Spartcus manages to defeat Crassus after the two exchange severe blows, but is mortally wounded by three Roman soldiers who appear behind him and impale him with spears.
Agron arrives and transports Spartacus away from the battleground. Pompey arrives and steals credit for defeating Spartacus’s army.
Gannicus is crucified and Crassus crucifies Kore next to him (due to her association with the rebels).
Spartacus dies in Agron’s arms and is buried — under a red serpent shield.
First aired: April 12, 2013
What do you think? Are you sorry to know that Spartacus is ending? Do you prefer Whitfield of McIntyre?