Spartacus: War of the Damned - The Final Episode Review
Spartacus: War of the Damned, the third and final season of the epic historical drama series, came to an end with a thrilling and emotional finale. The episode, titled "Victory", aired on April 12, 2013 and was watched by 1.43 million viewers in the US. It was also available in high definition quality with 720p resolution and HDTV format[^1^].
The episode followed the final battle between Spartacus and his rebel army against the Roman forces led by Crassus and Caesar. Spartacus and his men fought bravely and fiercely, but they were outnumbered and outmatched by the superior Roman tactics and weaponry. Many of Spartacus' allies and friends fell in the bloody combat, including Gannicus, Agron, Naevia, Saxa, Lugo, and Nasir. Spartacus himself was wounded by several arrows and spears, but he managed to escape with a few survivors thanks to the sacrifice of his loyal lieutenant Crixus.
Spartacus then reunited with his lover Laeta, who had been rescued by Agron from the Roman camp. They shared a tender moment before Spartacus decided to face his fate and confront Crassus one last time. He rode his horse towards the Roman lines, but he was intercepted by Caesar, who challenged him to a duel. Spartacus fought valiantly against Caesar, but he was ultimately overpowered and stabbed in the chest. As he lay dying on the ground, he saw a vision of his wife Sura, who had been killed by the Romans in the first season. She told him that they would finally be together in the afterlife.
Meanwhile, Crassus arrived at the scene and recognized Spartacus as his worthy adversary. He offered him a respectful salute and asked for his name. Spartacus replied with his real name, not the one given to him by his former master Batiatus. He said: "I am Spartacus". He then died peacefully in Crassus' arms.
The episode ended with a montage of scenes showing the fate of the remaining characters. Laeta, Agron, Nasir, and a few other rebels escaped to the mountains and lived as free people. Crassus returned to Rome with Caesar and Pompey as triumphant heroes, but he also faced political rivalry and personal tragedy. Gannicus, Crixus, Oenomaus, and the other fallen gladiators were crucified along the Appian Way as a warning to any future rebels. However, they were also honored by their former comrades and friends, who carved their names on stones and placed them at the foot of their crosses.
The final scene showed a close-up of Spartacus' face as he smiled peacefully in death. The camera then zoomed out to reveal that his body had been taken by his followers and buried under a large rock with his name engraved on it. The rock was surrounded by thousands of other rocks with the names of all the rebels who had died for freedom. The voice of Spartacus narrated: "Whatever happens to us after this life... I will meet you again in another place... where all is well... where we will both be free". The screen then faded to black as the credits rolled. aa16f39245