We all knew how this would end, yet despite that I liked seeing Spartacus and his rebel army constantly outsmart and out-strategize those overconfident Romans. Even outnumbered and outgunned, the rebel army put up a heroic fight. And all who departed had at least one person they loved to greet them in the afterlife. Naevia went to meet Crixus, Gannicus was greeted by Oenomaus and celebrated one last time in the arena, and Spartacus went to meet Sura.
Is it weird that I admire Crassus despite it all? I can appreciate that he invited Spartacus for a little summit on the hill. I like that he was a man of principle who fought for his beliefs, even if we thought they were wrong. But most of all, I am astounded by his political acumen. To allow Pompey to claim this victory will only mean good things for him in the future, as we know. So even though he lost a son and a lover in his fight against Spartacus he’ll go on to do great things before his death.
A Few Highlights:
- Gannicus finally accepting his role as a leader.
- Agron fighting in battle beside Nasir, Spartacus and the other rebels despite his injuries.
- Spartacus overtaking the small force of men protecting Imperator Crassus to deliver on his earlier promise.
Some great lines:
“I am Spartacus.”
“Better to fall by the sword than by the master’s lash.”
“There is no justice. Not in this world.”
“Let us teach them that all who draw breath are of equal worth.”
I found this to be a very satisfying end to the series. What did you think?