How insane was the 'Spartacus' finale

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How insane ?

  1. Mildly Insane

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  1. norbac

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    It is going to be weird not having Bennett around for the finale. He's been in every episode so far, hasn't he? There was always an overwhelming feeling of dread around the Spartacus camp in last night's episode, I thought that was very well done.

    Caesar has grown on me. I didn't like him the first few episodes but the actor has done a decent job with the character. That scene with Tiberius was the biggest surprise of the season thus far, lol

    Can't wait till the finale, judging by how each season finale has gone, we are in for a hell of a ride.
     
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  2. oldcity

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    It has been awesome this year. Hate to see Crixis gone especially since he was killed by that ****** Tiberius. Agron too. Jeez he didn't get such a dramatic send off . Only two more shows left. Everyone will be dead soon. I'm going to miss this.
     
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  3. Centryx

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    Ceaser spinoff? I'd watch if they did
     
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  4. Ross K

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    Haha so true!...

    Huge fan here of this great show, though I've only seen the first season but hope to catch the rest.
     
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    Guess you learn something new every day.

    When I opened this thread, I expected to read about the Stanley Kubrick/Kirk Douglas film from 1960.

    I had no idea there was a series on with the same name these days.

    And, Lucy Lawless was in it? I saw her recently in Parks and Recs and thought "hey, isn't that Zena, the Warrior Princess?"
     
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  6. norbac

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    I think Tiberuis' time is done next episode. Shame we don't get a new one next week, but it's understandable.

    I like the blood, gore and sex as much as anyone else, but this show is much more than that. The plot is actually very good and the characters get developed nicely.
     
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  7. crosscourt

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    The first series is a different class. An excellent performance from John Hannah and some others. What has followed has sometimes been terrible -- the prequel -- but more often just tawdry.
     
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  8. oldcity

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  10. norbac

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    Yes, even the Glabber/Spartacus war at the end of Vengeance was pretty close to historical accounts.
     
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    I love this show so much. MANU has been so amazing this season and really makes you love his character's passion. The long fight scene at the beginning was brilliant, as was Spartacus's sex scene, tiberius/Caesar and Crixis's final speech.
     
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  12. Ross K

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    Yes, with you there, S. I think the people behind this got it spot on. The immersion into Roman history if sketchy is still fascinating (I've been almost obsessively compulsive in past years re reading up on the history of Ancient Rome), and the stylised fighting and shall we say steamier aspects (not talking about the 99s here either :) ) undoubtedly works really well. I want to see the rest of the series now, though not sure if it's been on already and I've missed it, or if it will be on in the future here in UK.
     
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    I don't recall there being too many details about the slave revolt from my roman history class but I'm enjoying this explanations. The history may have been written some time after, who knows how accurate it is. Too bad no one in the revolt wrote about it. History is written by the victors,as they say. It's got all of the major players but I thought Gannicus was fictional. Plus we know all of the slaves were slaughtered in the end but Sparticus was never positively identified . Maybe the writers have them slip away and live happily ever after? Lol
     
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  14. oldcity

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    It was a good college class but they have to cover the entirety of roman history from Romulus and Remus and the kings, to the Holy Roman Empire in one semester, really could have made Roman history a major itself. They definitely glossed over the the Serville Wars in about 20 minutes. I'm not a history major and don't have that many details. Was just going off of memory. I wondered if the arrogance and political ambitions of the Roman leaders could influence the historical account. maybe not. One thing though...I thought i remembered Pompi showing up and stealing the glory from Crassus.
     
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  15. norbac

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    I've actually read a couple of books on Spartacus and the historic records are not all that well kept. There are a lot of conflicting reports about certain battles/events (such as why Spartacus and Crixus split ways or why Spartacus decided to go back to southern Italy after having reached the Alps). This all leads to a lot of speculation from modern historians to recreate the events. Though for the more important moments in the war (Crixus' death, Glabers fall, etc.) these are more detailed. There were accounts written by historians at the time, but what remains of them is not very detailed.
     
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  16. norbac

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    Yes, but it's a shame that what survives is not more. The fact that some of the historians write conflicting stuff about some of the stuff that happened is also a shame. But yeah, at least we can reconstruct the overall more important events that occurred and get a sense for what transpired.

    Actually two episodes left! I was thinking about how it would end too, it really is an open book and they can do what they want with it. Perhaps they will have Spartacus go down on the field of battle only to have Gannicus rescue his body, give him a burial and escape with Sybil. I just feel that Sybil will make Gannicus not want to be fighting for the remainder of his life and perhaps inspire him to escape. He was never fully into the idea of the war, as he let Spartacus know many times in Vengeance.
     
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  17. norbac

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    I just have a feeling they will have somebody survive, and my bet is on Gannicus. Sybil just opened the door for that possibility in my opinion.
     
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    Agrons death wasn't that graphic, maybe he isn't dead, comes back and kills Tiberius. That would be pretty sweet. Gannicus riding off with sibyl would be my bet though too. Saxa is too badarse to die, maybe she makes it.
     
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    I don't know if I want Spartacus to survive or not. I do in a way, but too many people will complain, plus I can't see him being happy while everyone else is dead.
     
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  20. Centryx

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    anyone watch it tonite...... wish they did something about the ending
     
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  21. oldcity

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    Agron lives!!! That was cool. Glad that delta-bravo Tiberius is dead. Not a fan of the episode's ending either. At least should have been nuvia. I thought all the captured Romans were made to fight each other but that's ok, it was entertaining.
     
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  22. norbac

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    Fun to see the crazy crowds in Friday's episode. I've missed those scenes the last couple of seasons.

    One episode left. I say either Gannicus and Sybil live or Agron and Nasir live.
     
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  23. MichaelNadal

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    The finale will be bittersweet for me. I'm so upset it's the last episode I'll be able to watch new, and wonder what twists and turns it will take. Spartacus's trap of Tiberius with Caeser's help was genius.
     
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  24. oldcity

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    Well, that's it, it's over. What an awesome show. Not the end I expected either. Crassus , arrogant even after being beaten by Spartacus. Didn't see the gannicus part coming. Friggen Romans suck. Sad it's over, I was really pulling for the slaves.
     
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  25. PSNELKE

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    LOL the least likeable character of them all survives. Agron. Nice job :lol:
     
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  26. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Well, like one of the slaves said in the end, Rome would crumble but Spartacus would be remembered forever.
     
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    At least Crassus did not have the satifaction of killing or crucifying Spartacus.
    He knew Spartacus was THE MAN who had him dead until he was stabbed in the back. I AM SPARTACUS
     
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  28. norbac

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    That was truly insane.

    Watched it with a bunch of old college buddies of mine and we were going wild like it was a football game during that final battle.

    ^^^PSNELKE, why did you not like Agron? I actually thought the way they handled the Nasir/Agron saga was one of the highlights of the last few seasons. It was refreshing to me to see a gay couple that is not being completely forced down our throat like channels such as MTV do. Though that one sex scene was a bit much, but pretty much everyone at the show had sex at some point.
     
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  29. MichaelNadal

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    Yeah Agron was cool. I like the way they portrayed them as 2 badass guys that can fight, and hold their own, but just happen to be gay. That's much closer to reality than them being feminine and over the top.
     
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    "There's no greater victory than falling from this world a free man"... I thought the ending was great. Sparacus was never meant to win. He was meant to sacrifice, bleed and fight bloody hell for a rightful cause and dying with the satisfaction of having giving it all out there.
     
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  31. MichaelNadal

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    So now that Spartacus is over, I have 2 questions for you all. What was your favorite season, and what is your favorite episode?
     
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  32. PSNELKE

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    It's definately Season 1 for me.
    Andy Whitfield was just brilliant as Spartacus. Great cast.
    John Hannah was absolutely great as well.
    Crixus was bad arse there, from season 2 on he was like a ancient henpecked husband. Still his performance in the last episode he played in, was out of this world.

    Can't really say which episode I like the most, I simply enoyed all of them.
     
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  33. norbac

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    I really liked both the first and last seasons. As far as favorite episodes there's a few: season 1 finale, Crixus' death episode, and the finale itself. In general Spartacus season finales were insane.

    Have to watch this series again, been a few years since I've seen the first season.
     
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  34. MichaelNadal

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    You definitely need to. Episodes 5 till the finale of season 1 are all fantastic.
     
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  35. tennytive

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    What's insane is how much Gannicus looks like Agassi! :)

    My favorite scene is from Blood and Sand when Spartacus kills all of Glaber's men with a wooden sword, first one then two, then eventually all of them left attacking him at once, and when he finishes them all off he returns his gaze to a stunned Glaber as if to say "Next?"

    Classic.
     
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