Posted by Mark Bridge On March - 22 - 2013 0 Comment

The end draws nearer to the series, and we are seeing so far some big losses.  Spartacus and Crixus have finally come the end of their journey together as brothers in arms as they come to what the title of the episode suggests, separate paths.  The episode does not hold back in reminding us were we started with these two once rivals now forged in brotherhood.  Although that brotherhood had been strained many times this season, I’m glad we see it left still unbroken.  We see the partnership used one final time to free up a villa held by Romans to hold celebration and goodbyes.

In this villa we see our doe eyed former slave girl, Sybil who once looked at Gannicus with longing, now publicly embraced by him.  It was a bit awkward for me seeing them together so publicly after witnessing Gannicus and Saxa in heated passion for much of Season 3.  But I’m happy Sybil finally got what she wanted, even though I don’t think Saxa will go down without a fight.  Agron says goodbye to Nasir as he decides to accompany Crixus on his campaign to Rome.  I don’t think Nasir will be alone for that long as the former Syrian pirate still pursues his affection.  Another big moment to happen in the villa is Laeta and Spartacus embrace in coitus.  This for me was a puzzle on how they would manage to get these two together after Spartacus, by his own hand slew her husband.  The writers have cleverly written her character in a position where her anger for what Spartacus has done fail to hold a candle to what her own Roman protectors did to her.  She doesn’t yet have his heart as she freely admits in not seeking. But with only two episodes left, will she gain it before series end?

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Over in Crassus’ camp, the man who would see Spartacus fall is now unhinged after his slave/lover, Kore flees to Spartacus’ rebellion.  He recklessly pursues Spartacus, while ignoring Caesar’s council and assaulting a fellow member of the senate.  Caesar tries to reach out to Tiberius to calm his father, using the threat of the knowledge he has of Tiberius raping Kore.  The plan backfires however, as Tiberius decides to do the same to Caesar.  Geez.  Who’s next Tiberius?  Or should I say what next?  Another male or female, or animal perhaps?  No one’s safe with that guy around.

And then we come to the most tense filled section of the episode as we see a montage of Crixus’ rebellion laying waste to the Roman army, drawing closer to Rome itself.  As they face their last opposition that stands in their way of Rome herself, their victory is short lived as Crassus brings his entire legion to defend her.  You could  easily say that Spartacus and Crixus’ reflection at the beginning was too much of a foreshadow of what was to come, but for some reason it worked.  It played more like a countdown to Crixus’ doom than a cheap giveaway.

It’s episodes like this that will make losing the series a hard pill to swallow.  It had everything we love the show for.  The romance, betrayal, the gore, the sex.  One couldn’t ask for anything more in this episode.  And as I begin to breathe again after stopping during the final moments of this episode, I’m left with the only decision to give this episode a perfect score.

Rating: ★★★★★  Excellent

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