With a series title like Spartacus: War of the Damned even if you don’t know history, you get the feeling some of your favourite characters would die even with an episode called Victory. Armed with that knowledge playing a drinking game would be a little crazy but I thought I’d play anyway. So for every member of Spartacus’ merry band that was killed, I took a sip of alcohol.
Starting with the previously on Spartacus montage, I raised my glass twice for Crixus, ‘The Undefeated Gaul’ one for his death and one for his head. Then again for Agron, last seen being nailed to a cross. Then I remembered Agron was alive. Oh well no take backs.
Victory was a sombre series finale with everyone set to purpose for the final battle. Even Gannicus finally agreed to step up as general. For some reason I did not expect him to die. Gannicus had finally softened and opened his heart to someone so, it wasn’t unreasonable for me to see sunshine and puppies in his future. Well, I cried. Then I cried so more at his vision of the afterlife spent in the arena with Oenomaus.
Castus and Naevia died too but it was Spartacus’ end that was the saddest. The way he was run through with all those spears, I didn’t expect him to live to see freedom. I was in tears as it wasn’t even a one on one fight. Agron arrived in time to carry Spartacus away from the battle and I did a fist pump in the air, which is really weird when you’re in a room alone.
The great thing about this episode is that I never got to finish my drinking game, about 20 minutes into it I decided a serious piece of drama required a serious bevvy. I paused the show and made myself a strong cup of tea to comfort me through the bitter end.