TV REVIEW: Spartacus: Vengeance Episode 10 – Wrath of the Gods

If there’s one thing to be said about series creator Steven DeKnight, it’s that the man ain’t afraid to kill anyone.

“Wrath of the Gods” is a bloodbath of epic proportions. It was to be expected; after all, Mr. DeKnight has been quite open about it on Twitter and in interviews.  Thankfully the advance warning did little to dull the shock value, resulting in a highly entertaining and satisfying finale.

Going to change things up and do this review In memoriam style, because the episode is too good to spoil completely with a recap.  And, let’s face it, that’s what everyone really wants to know, right?

So, who didn’t make it out of Vengeance alive?

Mira: Not even ten minutes into the episode, Mira meets an unfortunate end fighting at Spartacus’s side. Unbeknownst to Spartacus, some of the rebels unwisely try to attack the Roman camp at the foot of the volcano.  When the rebels quickly become outmanned, Spartacus calls for retreat – but they can’t escape before Mira is struck down by an axe to the chest. Her death is especially sad because she really seemed to have found herself this season, even if her relationship with Spartacus wasn’t all that she wished it to be.  Still, if anyone could’ve made Spartacus happy again, I firmly believe Mira was the one.

Ashur: Ashur’s death is particularly satisfying – not just because of the things he’s done, but because it comes at Naevia’s hands.  A quick reminder: Ashur was the one who revealed Naevia’s affair with Crixus, directly resulting in her banishment from the House of Batiatus, her subsequent abuse at the hands of who knows how many men, and her eventual confinement to the mines.  So she’s got a pretty big score to settle, and she performs admirably.  When Ashur goes to the rebel camp to deliver an ultimatum from Glaber – mercy for the survivors if they turn Spartacus over to a certain death – the rebels are quick to answer. Crixus wants to kill Ashur himself, but he lets Naevia fight him.  The battle is difficult to watch at first, but Naevia gains the upper hand and eventually hacks Ashur’s head off.  A most satisfying end to a character people love to hate.

Lucretia: All season long, Lucretia’s recovery from madness and subsequent friendship with Ilithyia both felt too easy, too good to be true. With Ilithyia nearing her due date, Lucretia travels with her to Pompeii to see if they can’t speed up the campaign so the baby can be born in Rome. When they return and Ilithyia goes into early labor, Lucretia’s true plans are revealed. She cuts the baby from Ilithyia’s womb, and just before taking him over the cliff with her, she reveals that Batiatus always wanted a son, and now he shall have one in the afterlife.  It’s a fitting end for her character.  She proved time and again that she would do anything for her husband, and this is no different.  Now she can finally be reunited with him, and she does it on her own terms.

Ilithyia: Her death scene was a bit ambiguous, but Mr. DeKnight has confirmed that Ilithyia is indeed dead.  The tragedy of her death is in the love she finally came to feel for her child, only to have him ripped away from her (literally) and taken over a cliff by someone she thought was her friend. In the past it’s been difficult to feel sorry for Ilithyia, as the bad things that happen to her are generally a direct result of her own horrific behavior. But when you finally realize that she has been played by Lucretia the entire season, you can’t help but feel for her.  Thankfully for her, she won’t be alone in the afterlife for long.

Oenomaus: It’s always sad when a hero dies, but it’s especially so for Oenomaus. He’s easily one of the most respected characters on the show, both by Batiatus before the revolt and by all of the gladiators.  His death is bittersweet – he dies in battle, so he finally gets the honorable death he’s always sought but was told he was too injured or important to have. He finally makes peace with Gannicus in a truly heartbreaking scene – given all they’ve been through, it’s fitting that Gannicus is with him at the end, and it’s nice to know that Gannicus has the forgiveness he’s been seeking since he helped rescue Oenomaus from the arena.

Gaius Cladius Glaber: Spartacus finally gets his vengeance against the Praetor, forcing him to his knees in front of the rebels before finally ending his life.  Liam McIntyre and Craig Parker have great on screen chemistry, and the hatred between their characters is palpable.  Frankly, had Glaber been killed by anyone other than Spartacus I would’ve felt cheated.  I really enjoyed seeing more of him this season, and am sorry to see him go.  But the rebellion (and the show) must go on.

This episode was very much about cleaning house in preparation for Season 3.  There will be a whole new cast of villains and all new trials for Spartacus and the rebels to face as they leave Capua behind.

If it’s even half as good as Vengeance was. then we are surely in for a treat.

Episode Rating: 4.5/5
GS Reporter: Mirjana

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