In what can only be called the perfect ending to a prequel created for one of the most addicting shows ever created, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena tied up every loose end and left fans satiated.
If you read our predictions posted yesterday, you will notice that we were clearly right on the money when it came to Gannicus (Dustin Clare) being the slave who earns his freedom after proving his skills in the arena. Something we failed to mention but most certainly noticed was the necklace worn by Crixus (Manu Bennett) in season one is the very same one worn by Gannicus during the prequel.
The handing over of said token speaks miles of the comradery and mutual respect between the men.
Another thing audiences wondered about was the situation that caused a break in the friendship between Batiatus (John Hannah) and Solonius (Craig Walsh Wrightson). There is no way he would ever be content in the shadow of Batiatus forever, so he did him dirty.
After sabotaging smug Tullius (Stephen Lovatt) and forever merging his life with that of the arena, Vettius (Gareth Williams) has no other choice but to give in to Batiatus and Solonius requests. He will be allowed to live but he is to hand over his gladiators then leave Capua never to return again. (Well at least until Batiatus dies so that opens it up for his return in season 2)
The two “friends” would then pay fair price for the slaves and divide them amongst each other. Umn, no sorry Lentulus, but Solonius was tired of being your little bitch. He one upped you and took over the entire ludus, creating that final rift that tore the friendship apart forever.
At the end of the day it seems like everyone got what they wanted, at least superficially. (Except for Barca (Antonio Te Maioha) , who due to injury he was unable to fight). With Gannicus emerging as victor of the final battle, Batiatus reigns supreme with his gladiators even though he loses him and must set him free.
Lucretia’s (Lucy Lawless) lover Crixus advances as champion though he yearns for a proper battle against Gannicus. I have a feeling this is something that will transpire during season two!
Oenomaus (Peter Mensah) doesn’t find out about his wife Melitta’s (Marisa Ramirez) secret love for his best friend Gannicus. Doctore actually encourages his “brother” to gain vengeance for her death by bringing upon blood on the arena which of course fuels him to do nothing less.
One of the sad points here for me is when Barca tells Gannicus they will reunite one day in the free world. Yet we know this never truly happens since the Beast of Carthage dies just as he is ready to buy his freedom and that of his lover before being betrayed by Ashur (Nick Tarabay).
Finally, we must discuss the final scene during the prequel that shows Batiatus and Lucretia on the ground laying in a pool of their own blood from the finale of season one. We can hear Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) speak of the Gladiator War as the now free men cheer.
While Batiatus will not be able to come out alive from this one, his devoted wife is yet moving her fingers to reach for him. She will be back in season two and she WILL be a force to be reckoned with, you mark my words.
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