Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Reckoning Review

The walls have ears.

Melitta said in this episode of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and this was a foreshadowing of this episode and reflected in the sequel Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Continuing from the previous episode, Beneath the Mask, Titus remained contentious against the marriage of Lucretia with his son. Furthermore, after Tullius‘ murder of Gaia, Titus demanded repayment for sullying his house; instead, Tullius offered him primus in the new arena for the sale of Gannicus.  As a result, Titus decided to hold a tournament at his ludus to decide the Champion of the House and entrance into the arena as primus.  Two notable fights occurred during this tournament.  First, Ashur won his fight against his Syrian brother as a result of deceit.  However, he gained no respect, if not notoriety, from the Brotherhood. Similarly, he performed a similar trick of playing possum with Oenomaus, or Doctore, in the final episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Second, Crixus finally defeated Gannicus when his guard was down as a result of distraction from Melitta.  The Brotherhood now held him in high regard although his victory over Gannicus was not quite as honorable as he wanted it to be.  From his defeat from Crixus, Gannicus now became the gladiator of Tullius, and he was no longer part of this ludus.

Other events of note also occurred. Lucretia begun his affair with the Champion Crixus since she wanted a child for Batiatus.  Additionally, Titus finally fell as a result of her slow poisoning of the honeyed wine.  Not knowing Lucretia did this, Batiatus was stunned as a result and quickly sought his father.  Lastly, Melitta died as a result of the poisoned wine, too.  She continued her affair with Gannicus, but it was short-lived — or rather she was.

This was yet another drama-filled episode with the titular event of the death of Titus, a milestone and a tombstone for this prequel series.  Gathering from what occurred in Season 1 of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Crixus will become Champion of Capua by defeating Gannicus most likely in the opening of the new arena. If Crixus doesn’t get to him, most likely Oenomaus will from Batiatus revealing the affair of Melitta to him or from some other source. And at some point in the last episode, Arthur will suffer a crippling blow which will sideline him as a gladiator.  Gathering from previous episodes, it would appear the Brotherhood will perform that deed.

Now to this series bitter end…

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