"Rome" De Patre Vostro (About Your Father) (TV Episode 2007) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • In the series finale, following his crushing naval defeat at Actium by Agrippa's forces, Marc Antony realizes that this spells the end for him and Cleopatra. With a hardened Octavian refusing to be bullied, shamed or negotiated from his terms of taking them into custody, which will lead to public humiliation and ultimately death, there is but one choice left. Following the capture of Alexandra signaling the fall of Egypt and end of the war, Antony chooses the only honorable fate for a former Roman, and turns to his steadfast second and friend, Lucius Vorenus, for assistance. A final, desperate, duplicitous act affects Antony's demise, as Cleopatra hopes to buy time for herself and the lives of her twin children by Antony. One face-to-face meeting with Octavian proves how fruitless her efforts of seduction are, and Cleopatra joins her lover in death by suicide. Above Octavian's suspicion, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus whisk Cleopatra's eldest son, Caesarion, away from Egypt, but not without running into trouble, leaving Lucius gravely wounded. Keeping his promise to his friend, Titus takes Lucius back to Rome to the Collegium in just enough time for him to reunite and reconcile with his children before he passes away. A jubilant coronation is held for Octavian, as the spoils of war from Egypt's defeat are paraded through the streets of Rome... including the encased bodies of Antony and Cleopatra. Atia is left to contemplate the emptiness of all her ambitions achieved and the finality of Servilia's curse as her goal to achieve social high-ranking status has been done, but at the bittersweet cost of loneliness and further tension with her son's wife Livia. Stolen glances between Agrippa and Octavia hint that their romantic bond may not be broken after all. Afterwards, Pullo meets with Octavian and lies to him about killing Caesarion. Pullo then meets with the boy and strides down a street with Caesarion, whom he takes under his wing as his own son (under the alias Aeneas), who finally learns the truth about his parentage, as we take in our last glimpse of them and of ROME... finally stable and at peace.

    - Written by Christopher Chase (cchase@onebox.com)
  • With the defeat of the Egyptian fleet at Actium, Mark Antony and Cleopatra retreat to their palace and await their fate. Believing that Cleopatra has taken her life, Mark Antony decides follow her into the afterlife. She has other plans however and is quite prepared to negotiate with Octavian if there is any possibility her life and those of her children will be spared. Cleopatra asks Vorenus to take her son Caesarian to safety and Octavian sends Pullo after them. The old friends are soon together again but are waylaid by bandits. With Vorenus severely wounded, Pullo takes him back to Rome for what he hopes will be a happy reunion with his children.

    - Written by garykmcd


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