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Character Development: Lucretia Shows Her True Colors, Spartacus Gods of the Arena 

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Usually you want to stay on the good side of your in-laws. With the expectation of inheriting and running the ludus, that is exactly what Batiatus has tried to do. Although he strived to be a good, dutiful son his father sees nothing but a disappointment. Batiatus had been building up his reputation – although, perhaps not in a good way – during his father’s absence. But as soon as the paterfamilias returned, Batiatus went back into his shell. And Lucretia noticed. In fact, she’s the one responsible for Titus leaving the ludus in first place; she’d been poisoning his wine. In “Reckoning” she’s looking for a more permanent solution. She can take care of two problems at once – kill Titus and blame Tullius for it. Too bad Titus’s suspicions aren’t confirmed until he’s dying.

Titus always thought Lucretia was a serpent. And he gets confirmation of it when Lucretia admits to all she’s done. Although she loves Batiatus, Lucretia knows he can’t act decisively when called upon. So she plots and plans and takes action on her own. Batiatus can’t seem to give her a child – male or otherwise – so she turns to Crixus. Both his father and grandfather produced five male offspring. Lucretia likes those odds. Batiatus was wilting under the overbearing pressure of his father. Lucretia poisioned his honeyed wine, which resulted in him leaving Capua. During that brief time away, Batiatus came into his own and showed some skill at running the ludus.

But upon daddy’s return and under the glare of his intense disappointment, Batiatus has changed from the confident schemer we’re used to back into a tentative man. When Titus gives Batiatus an ultimatium to end his marriage or be disowned, Lucretia knows it’s time to do something drastic. Batiatus has the opportunity to kill his father but can’t take it. Lucretia doesn’t make the same mistake. Even though Titus seems ready to give Batiatus some sort of reprieve, especially after he realizes he’s about to lose his son, it’s too late. Lucretia does what she must but there’s an unattended victim: Melitta. Maybe she shouldn’t have been visiting her secret lover Gannicus. It’ll be interesting to see if Lucretia admits what she’s done to her husband. I think she’d be wise to keep her mouth shut.

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