Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Ep. 1.05: “Shadow Games” – fight as one or die as two

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Season 1: Episode 5 – “Shadow Games”

Written by Miranda Kwok

Directed by Michael Hurst

Originally aired February 19th, 2010

Just two episodes ago, Spartacus took the time to establish what makes a legend of the arena. And while the series is not defined by any one ideal, the role of glory has certainly played a huge role thus far. When Spartacus sits with Crixus shortly before their battle with Theokoles, The Shadow of Death, Crixus is right to point out that Theokoles would bother to return to the arena for another shot at glory. Money doesn’t matter to a real gladiator; being the best and being recognized for that are the greatest rewards one can be given. It’s what Crixus strives for, as well. Knowing Spartacus’ back-story, we might think that fighting for some higher purpose, whether that be love or another thing, could be more noble.
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