Spartacus: Vengeance “Wrath of the Gods” Review – A Bloody End!

Spartacus Vengeance Wrath of the Gods Episode 10 (4)

So the season 2 finale episode of Spartacus: Vengeance “Wrath of the Gods” aired tonight and it was a bloodbath. But before I talk about the insanity of this episode, I need to mention a couple of things first:

1) Unfortunately, your regular reviewer Axechucker is unavailable to review this final episode of the season, so I will take over for him and hopefully make him proud.

2) This is the first season of Spartacus that I have watched. I half watched the first episode of season 1 and then gave it up because I didn’t think it was for me. But after hearing a lot of praise for it by none other than Axechucker, I decided to give it a shot this season and absolutely fell in love with it. Seriously I think I love it as much as Game of Thrones (incidentally another show that Axechucker was raving about, do I see a pattern here?) So now I am totally addicted to the show and will be catching up to Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena now that the season is over.

Now back to the finale. WOW!!! First off, I always wondered why I was always is a state of such anxiety when watching the show and recently realized it was because I was so afraid they would kill some of my favorite characters…. turns out I was right.

They didn’t just kill one, oh no, they killed FIVE, yes FIVE major characters in the finale, two of which I adored: Mira and Oenomaus. I literally gasped when Oenomaus got stabbed. And Mira, nooooo!!!

Update: So apparently, it’s not five but SIX characters who died according to a TV Line interview with executive producer Steven S. DeKnight, who confirmed that Ilithyia died as well and I was so sure she was going to come back. Boo!

But don’t let me get ahead of myself, in order to cover all the events of the finale, I’m going to break this down by characters.

Ilithyia and Lucretia

I continued to love Ilithyia and Lucretia’s plotting together, however what I didn’t expect was how it would all come to an end. I always figured Lucretia had some sort of plan, because there is no way you could ever trust her fully, but I really thought her plan was to join Ilithyia in Rome and away from Ashur.

What I didn’t expect was her cutting the baby out from Ilithyia’s womb and fall to her death with it to join her late husband in the afterlife. I’m kind of sad we won’t be getting more of her in season 3 because she’s definitely not coming back from this one…. or is she?

Oh and we don’t even know if Ilithyia’s going to survive, although I’m guessing she will because she seemed to have suffered the same fate as Lucretia did at the end of season 1, ironically (or poetically) enough on the same ground too. So does that mean that Ilithyia will go mad in season 3? That could be really interesting to watch.

Ashur and Naevia

Unfortunately, Ashur did not gain his freedom or his promised wife, mostly because he kind of picked the wrong side to be on.

But I think the most important part is of course how he died, at the hands of Naevia who was taught well how to fight thanks to Crixus. At first I wasn’t sure if it was such a good idea for her to fight him, but I loved how she used his assumption of her weakness to her advantage in order to strike him.

This is one of the things I love about Spartacus, women while of course not as strong as men, are portrayed as capable of defending themselves instead of just victims waiting for a man to save them.

Glaber

I love Craig Parker’s portrayal of Glaber. I think this was really his season, but unfortunately we all knew he had to die in order for Spartacus to move on to a new enemy next seasons. But at least he didn’t go down without a fight, that’s for sure.

I will definitely miss Glaber, but I am also glad Spartacus finally got rid of him.

Mira and Oenomaus

I kind of already mentioned these two above, but I have to once again mention how sad I am that we lost both of them.

From the first episode, I absolutely loved Mira and have become a fan of Katrina Law, hopefully we’ll get to see her in another project soon.

As for Oenomaus, I think he became one of my favorite in episode 2 when we saw him fight in the Pits. I will really miss him on the show, ironically enough he had a calmness about him that I really enjoyed.

Crixus

He survived!! Yay!

More seriously, while I didn’t care either way about Crixus early on in the season, every episode he won me over a little more and now he is among my favorites, so hopefully he’ll stick around for a bit.

Gannicus

I haven’t seen Spartacus: Gods of the Arena but I can officially say that Gannicus is my favorite character on the show. His addition to this season just made it that much better and I hope he will continue to fight alongside Spartacus next season.

So that’s about it for me. All I can say is that this was one hell of a finale I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time and cursed when it ended. The good news is that the series has already been renewed for a third season so we’ll be getting more of Spartacus soon. Woo!

What did you think of the finale? Were you as upset as I was with the death of so many characters? And did you see Lucretia’s ultimate plan coming?

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