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Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) 

Having learned that Vorenus' children are alive, Pullo sets off to find him in Gaul where he is again a serving soldier in Mark Antony's army. He had hoped to arrive before Octavian and ... See full summary »



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Lucius Vorenus
Servilia of the Junii
Marcus Junius Brutus
Gaius Octavian Caesar
Vorena the Elder
Marcus Tullius Cicero


Having learned that Vorenus' children are alive, Pullo sets off to find him in Gaul where he is again a serving soldier in Mark Antony's army. He had hoped to arrive before Octavian and Antony's armies meet in battle. Too late however, he is forced to find what is left of Antony's army in the mountains. He finds Vorenus alive and well, if somewhat battle worn, and they set off to find the children. The victorious Octavian plans his return to Rome. In Western Turkey, Brutus and Cassius amass their own army, now 9 Legions strong. In Rome, Servilia's attempt to kill Atia fails and Atia has her kidnapped tortured beyond what even her henchman Timon can stand. Written by garykmcd

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In Season 2 - Octavian has shown to be aged significantly with time but Lucius Vorenus's children did not age at all. See more »


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Pullo and Vorenus are reunited and Atia seeks her revenge
11 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having learnt that Vorenus's children are alive Pullo heads north to find his friend. He finds a battlefield; the aftermath of Caesar Octavian's victory over Mark Antony's forces. He is worried that Vorenus may be among the dead but later finds him among Mark Antony's retreating army. Once reunited they head to search for Vorenus's children. Back in Rome Atia has survived an attempt on her life and has poisoner tortured until he names Servilia as the person who paid him to do it. Atia has Timon kidnap Servilia and starts having her tortured; it turns out that Timon has his limits and he eventually lets Servilia go. After his victory Octavian sends word to Rome that he and his army are returning to Rome; something that concerns Cicero as it clearly echoes Julius Caesar's actions after his own victories.

This was another impressive episode; it got off to a good start with the attempt on Atia's life and subsequent torture of her would be poisoner; this was a fairly gruelling scene which ultimately sowed the seeds of doubt in Timon's mind concerning his work; something increased following a confrontation with his zealous brother. The later treatment of Servilia is also somewhat disturbing. It was great to see Pullo and Vorenus reunited; the fact that we don't see any of the battle may have been done for reasons of budget but it was also effective as we could see there were many casualties and it was initially far from clear that Vorenus survived. Pullo's meeting with Octavian was rather fun; Pullo didn't immediately recognise the young Caesar; hardly surprising given that the actor has changed! The cast do a fine job; as usual Ray Stevenson and Kevin McKidd impress as Pullo and Vorenus. Lee Boardman is also particularly good as Timon both in the scenes with Atia and with his brother. Overall another fine episode that fans of the series should enjoy.

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