Spartacus and his rebels try to increase their numbers by freeing fighters enslaved in foreign wars. Lucretia seeks to recruit one of her husband's former gladiators to outmaneuver powerful Romans.

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Agron's party's raid on Neapolis port doubles the rebels' numbers by freeing Sedullus's horde of German POW slaves destined for the gladiator schools. Crixus rightly predicts ethnic trouble, but Spartcaus and Agron overcome it before too much blood gets spilled. Praetor Glaber terrorizes slaves with crucifixion for any rebel sympathy and swears in Seppius's soldiers and takes is his grieving sister as another mode of revenge on Ilithyia, whom Lucretia, now Ashur's sex toy, helps fake a near-stillbirth to be send back to Rome. Magistrate Gallienus pays Gannicus only pittance, his freedom is only formally confirmed if he promises to join Glaber's military staff. The scorned champion pretends agreeing to murder Glaber for Lucretia, but actually eliminates Glaber's guards escort for Ilithya. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Mira and Saxa are fighting, Mira hits Saxa with the elbow and throws her to the ground. Saxa falls to her left, then the scene cuts and she falls to her right. See more »

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"Gannicus Has Made His Decision"
23 June 2015 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the richest, most action-packed, and character driven episodes of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE.

While Spartacus and his men score an explosive success at the beginning of the episode, breaking dozens of battle-tested German warriors out of a slave ship, the clash between Germans and Gauls in the rebel camp quickly threatens to extinguish the rebellion. Warriors like Agron and Crixus have to ask tough questions about loyalty, prejudice and the price of freedom.

Meanwhile in Capua, freed champion Gannicus is being recruited by the evil Roman praetor Glaber to help hunt down his "brothers" from the fallen gladiator school of Batiatus. Dustin Clare as Gannicus really shines in this episode, bringing a complex yet lovable character to life. Gannicus fights like a true god of the arena. Yet he's not an angry man. He's not a committed idealist, like Spartacus, nor a wild brute like Crixus who sees things with a caveman's brutal clarity. Gannicus knows Rome must triumph in the end, and has no desire to play a martyr's part. In this episode he's forced to make a choice between aiding the Romans for coin and aiding his comrades on principle. It seems obvious that a grinning cynic like Gannicus will make the more lucrative choice. Yet a chance meeting with a starry-eyed young slave girl causes him to reevaluate his priorities.

The relationship between Gannicus and his sweet but ill-fated admirer is ironically mirrored by the far more exploitative relationship between Roman praetor Glaber and lovely young Seppia. The impulsive, nubile young noblewoman climbs willingly into Glaber's bed, thinking he can help her avenge her brother's death. Yet the truth is far more sinister. And the scorching hot love scene that climaxes this explosive episode is cut excruciatingly short.

For Gannicus has made his decision.


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