Spartacus: War of the Damned
|Spartacus: War of the Damned|
Region 1 DVD cover
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original run||January 25, 2013– April 12, 2013|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||September 3, 2013|
|Region 4||August 28, 2013|
|Blu-ray Disc release|
|Region A||September 3, 2013|
Spartacus: War of the Damned is the third and final season of Spartacus, a New Zealand produced, Starz television series, which follows Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus (played by Liam McIntyre from second season and Andy Whitfield in first season), a Thracian gladiator who, from 73 to 71 BCE, led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. It premiered on January 25, 2013 and concluded on April 12, 2013.
- Liam McIntyre as Spartacus – a Thracian warrior condemned to slavery as a gladiator in the House of Batiatus. After leading an uprising at the ludus, he and his rebel army have experienced great success against the forces of Rome, but are in for a great struggle against the forces of Crassus.
- Manu Bennett as Crixus – a Gallic warrior who is the second-in-command in the rebel revolt. Naevia's lover.
- Dustin Clare as Gannicus – a Celtic warrior, and former gladiator who has taken up arms against the Republic to honor the memory of Oenomaus.
- Dan Feuerriegel as Agron – a Germanic warrior, and a leader among the rebel army. Nasir is his lover.
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Naevia – a Phoenician former slave. She struggles with the emotional wounds that were inflicted upon her by various Roman abusers. Crixus' lover.
- Ellen Hollman as Saxa – a Germanic warrior. The lover of Gannicus, her male counterpart.
- Pana Hema Taylor as Nasir – a Syrian warrior and Agron's lover.
- Blessing Mokgohloa as Castus – a Cilician pirate who joins the rebellion.
- Ditch Davey as Nemetes – a Germanic warrior who is conflicted about the rebellion, and his role in it.
- Jenna Lind as Kore – Crassus' loyal body slave. Unfortunate events will test her loyalty to the House of Crassus.
- Gwendoline Taylor as Sibyl – a young slave who becomes smitten with Gannicus after he saves her life.
- Barry Duffield as Lugo – a Germanic warrior.
- Heath Jones as Donar – a former gladiator from the House of Batiatus, and a loyal warrior in the rebellion.
- Luna Rioumina as Belesa – Saxa's lover.
- Ayse Tezel as Canthara – a slave whose life is saved by Julius Caesar.
- Simon Merrells as Marcus Licinius Crassus – the richest man in Rome. After many unsuccessful attempts at ending the revolt, the Roman senate tasks Crassus with the responsibility of putting down the rebellion.
- Christian Antidormi as Tiberius Licinius Crassus – the eldest son of Marcus Licinius Crassus, and his father's "word, and will" in Crassus' army.
- Todd Lasance as Julius Caesar – a young, but seasoned soldier from a prominent family who is enlisted by Crassus to conduct infiltration and sabotage operations against the rebel camp, before returning as Crassus' second-highest-ranking officer (under his son, Tiberius).
- Anna Hutchison as Laeta – a Roman citizen and well-to-do wife whose life is changed forever when her husband is killed and she is taken captive by Spartacus after the rebel invasion of her city.
- Roy Snow as Quintus Marcius Rufus – Crassus' commander.
- Jared Turner as Lucius Furius – tribune of Cossinius.
- John Wraight as Lucius Cossinius – a praetor sent to defeat Spartacus.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|24||1||"Enemies of Rome"||Mark Beesley||Steven S. DeKnight||January 25, 2013||SPS301||0.93|
|It has been nearly one year after the slave rebellion started. Spartacus and his followers defeat several Roman armies in their quest to "Make Rome Tremble." Spartacus tells Crixus, Agron and Gannicus that they need to find a city for their followers as their base of operations. Meanwhile, the Senate puts Marcus Licinius Crassus in charge of creating a new Roman army tasked with defeating Spartacus.|
|25||2||"Wolves at the Gate"||Jesse Warn||Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing||January 26, 2013||SPS302||0.82|
|Spartacus and his followers take control of the walled, coastal city of Sinuessa. Although several of the rebels want to massacre all of the citizens of Sinuessa, Spartacus instead takes some of them prisoner. Meanwhile, Gaius Julius Caesar is also put in command of Crassus' private army, causing conflict with the Imperator's ambitious young son, Tiberius.|
|26||3||"Men of Honor"||John Fawcett||Brent Fletcher||February 8, 2013||SPS303||0.95|
|Several pirates pay a visit to Spartacus and attempt to trade with him. In an attempt to prove to his father that he is better than Caesar, Tiberius leads an attack on Spartacus (something Crassus ordered him not to do). Tiberius is critically wounded by one of the rebels and is saved by his best friend, who convinces Tiberius to retreat. As this is going on, the increasingly paranoid and bloodthirsty Naevia kills one of the longtime friends of Gannicus.|
|27||4||"Decimation"||Michael Hurst||Seamus Kevin Fahey||February 15, 2013||SPS304||0.88|
|As punishment for the unauthorized attack which resulted in the pointless deaths of many Roman soldiers, Crassus orders his son and the soldiers who participated in the attack to take place in decimation, ultimately leading to Tiberius being forced to participate in the execution of his best friend. Meanwhile, Caesar infiltrates the rebels and begins to cause conflict between Crixus and Spartacus.|
|28||5||"Blood Brothers"||TJ Scott||Allison Miller||February 22, 2013||SPS305||1.02|
|Before Spartacus and Crixus work out their differences, Spartacus announces Gannicus as his new second-in-command which alienates Crixus even more. Kore tries to console Tiberius but ends up getting raped by him. Meanwhile, Caesar continues to cause trouble in the city of Sinuessa and ultimately traps Agron, Saxa and Donar after revealing his true identity and helping the Roman soldiers under Crassus gain entry into the city.|
|29||6||"Spoils of War"||Mark Beesley||Jed Whedon||March 15, 2013||SPS306||0.87|
|As Crassus leads an onslaught to retake the rebel-occupied city of Sinuessa, Gannicus finds himself trapped behind enemy lines. Meanwhile, Tiberius is tasked by Crassus to hold a celebration in honor of a man he despises. Laeta is branded a slave for her cooperation with Spartacus and she, Gannicus, and Sibyl manage to escape to the new rebel camp.|
|30||7||"Mors Indecepta"||Jesse Warn||David Kob & Mark Leitner||March 22, 2013||SPS307||1.09|
|With the rebel forces trapped on an impassable, snowbound ridge, Spartacus and Crixus argue with each other over the method of escape. Meanwhile, Crassus discovers it increasingly difficult to control the actions of those closest to him. Kore reluctantly betrays Crassus and moves into the rebel camp. Spartacus states that he will have the general's blood.|
|31||8||"Separate Paths"||TJ Scott||Brent Fletcher||March 29, 2013||SPS308||1.09|
|Spartacus and the rebels come to a crossroads in their quest, while a relentless Crassus forcefully drives his men in the pursuit of Spartacus and his forces, and the conflict between Tiberius and Caesar intensifies. Crixus and Spartacus decide to part ways, with each man choosing his own path; Crixus choosing to advance onto Rome (with his followers including Naevia and Agron), whilst Spartacus heads for other places to take his followers away from the country. While the rebels are celebrating Laeta and Spartacus discover their feelings for each other. Tiberius gravely humiliates Caesar by raping him. Crixus and his followers defeat several armies before being approached by Crassus' troops. In the ensuing melee, Agron is wounded and Crixus and Caesar battle. Crixus, with Naevia's help, seemingly overwhelms Caesar but is stabbed from behind by Tiberius, who tells Caesar that the time has not come for Caesar's suffering to end. Crassus orders Tiberius to decapitate Crixus in front of Naevia, and Crixus' death is shown as reflected in Naevia's eyes.|
|32||9||"The Dead and the Dying"||Michael Hurst||Jeffrey Bell||April 5, 2013||SPS309||1.07|
|Crixus' army has been completely wiped out. Crassus sends Naevia back to Spartacus' camp to inform him of Crixus' death. Agron is crucified by Caesar. Spartacus captures Tiberius with the indirect help of Caesar. An enraged Crassus sends Caesar to bargain with Spartacus to release Tiberius. Spartacus hosts gladiator games (using Tiberius and the captured Romans as the gladiators) to honor Crixus. In the final part of the games, Naevia battles Tiberius and defeats him. Naevia spares Tiberius however when Spartacus reveals that Crassus and Caesar have offered the return of 500 captured rebels in exchange for Tiberius. During the exchange Caesar tells Tiberius that he intends to torture him, but Kore stabs Tiberius from behind and kills him. Caesar takes an opportunity to return Kore to Crassus in an attempt to appease him, and the 500 captured rebels (which include a wounded Agron) are returned to Spartacus. Kore and Caesar return to Crassus and do not reveal to Crassus that his son's true killer was Kore. Spartacus tells his surviving rebels to prepare for a final stand.|
|33||10||"Victory"||Rick Jacobson||Steven S. DeKnight||April 12, 2013||SPS310||1.42|
|With discipline and morale among his followers breaking down, Spartacus turns his forces to face Crassus in a final last stand against his legions climaxing the slave revolt at the Battle of the Siler River. Prior to the battle, Spartacus meets privately with Crassus and the two come to a mutual understanding, but both agree to fight each other to the death on the battlefield. Spartacus also reveals to Crassus that Kore killed Tiberius. Spartacus gives a final speech to his remaining rebels, and Nasir creates a sword that will allow Agron to fight despite the critical crucifixion wounds he sustained in the previous episode. In the beginning of the battle Spartacus and the rebels manage to kill several Romans, but Lugo is struck by a flaming projectile, and he curses the Romans before he dies. A Roman cavalryman kills Castus who dies without regret in Nasir and Agron's arms. Saxa is fatally wounded by several Romans and dies in Gannicus' arms after she kills the Romans who wounded her. Naevia and Caesar then battle, culminating in Caesar stabbing her through the back of her neck. Caesar does so using Tiberius' sword, the same one used to behead Crixus. Caesar and Gannicus then battle. Gannicus wounds Caesar but is surrounded and captured by Caesar's soldiers. Spartacus and Crassus engage in a bloody battle. Spartacus manages to defeat Crassus after the two exchange severe blows but is mortally wounded by three Roman soldiers who appear behind him and impale him with spears. Agron then arrives and transports Spartacus away from the battlefield. Pompey arrives and steals credit for defeating Spartacus. Gannicus is crucified and dies remembering his glory in the arena as the Champion of Capua. He also sees Oenomaius, smiling as he awaits his friend to join him in the afterlife. Crassus crucifies Kore next to him as she was known to have joined the rebels, although he'd forgiven her for killing his son. Spartacus dies in Agron's arms after stating that the greatest victory is to depart this life a free man. Laeta, Sibyl and Nasir join Agron, one of three surviving gladiators from the House of Batiatus, as the survivors of the rebel army march on to start a new life. Spartacus, his true name having never been revealed, is buried in a grave which is marked by a shield with the fated Red Serpent upon it.|
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