Spartacus (2010–2013)
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The Thing in the Pit 

After a poor showing in the Arena, Spartacus is consigned to the Pit, a place of pain and suffering.


Jesse Warn




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Whitfield ... Spartacus
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Peter Mensah ... Doctore
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Erin Cummings ... Sura
Nick E. Tarabay ... Ashur
Viva Bianca ... Ilithyia
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Jai Courtney ... Varro
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius
Lesley-Ann Brandt ... Naevia
Eka Darville ... Pietros
Karlos Drinkwater ... Kerza (as Karl Drinkwater)
Marcus Johnson ... Anubis


After being defeated by Crixus in the arena, Spartacus is sent to the underworld to fight for Batiatus, who now is plagued by debts. There, in a place called "The Pits", the men are no longer men and are forced to kill their opponents in order to survive. After some victories, Spartacus has a dream about his wife, in which he believes he will not survive his next battle. Because of this, he agrees to die in the battle and encourages Batiatus to bet against him, only if he promises to keep searching for Spartacus' wife after his death. But things didn't result as they expected after Batiatus is attacked by two unknown men. Written by MaritoCamacho

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Spartacus remains bloodied and bruised throughout the duration of the episode, as he is made to fight multiple rounds each night. The "bloody eye" makeup effect was achieved with special contact lenses. (That made it appear that he had popped some blood vessels in his eye.) See more »

Alternate Versions

In Germany, this episode was cut by ca. 1 minute to secure a "Not under 18" rating by the FSK (for retail release). The rental release is uncut with a SPIO/JK approval. See more »

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To Hell and Back
18 February 2010 | by thornugcSee all my reviews

The first two episodes had me wondering if I really wanted to watch more. The third episode told me that I do want to watch more. In the third episode, what Spartacus did at the end of the arena fight told me that this Spartacus was willing to do whatever it took to get to his wife. He said he would never do it but in the moment, he realized he had to do what he had to do. This made it more real to me than anything I had seen so far in the series.

I am so glad that the third episode made me want to watch more because "The Thing in the Pit" was the best episode so far. Spartacus went through hell with the willingness to do what he thought he had to do to end the journey for his wife. It was a choice that he took with faith when he said it was honor that he trusted. Then the fight began and something happened that changed the circumstances. John Hannah as Bataitus was superb in his acting and Andy Whitfield proved that he could go to dark places to drive his character into hell.

It was a well written and well acted episode that makes me want to see more. Bravo!

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12 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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