In the wake of Gaia’s death, Batiatus senior resolves to cleanse the house of her presence. In responding to his father’s ultimatum that he choose between his home and his wife, Batiatus attempts to gain time is not appreciated by Lucretia who believes she would have him leave. She also has her own solution to her husband’s desire for a son – via a liaison with Gallic virility in the form of Crixus.
Meanwhile, Titus announces a tournament to determine the worth of the new men that make up half his stable of gladiators, with the losers to be sent to the mines.
Tullius again visits the ludus, still seeking Gannicus while offering preferential matches in the new arena.
Meanwhile, Melitta and Gannicus increasingly desire after one another, but Gannicus, sensing despair, deliberately lowers his guard allowing Crixus to win and sealing his sale to Tullius. Titus, weakened and now bedridden by the ongoing poisonings of Lucretia, finds himself at her mercy when the others leave seeking medicine.
He is finally silenced by the honeyed-wine given to him by Tullius but poisoned by her – and, perhaps deliberately, so is Melitta. Quintus and Doctore return, and begin to mourn the dead.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): John Fawcett.
- Writer(s): Brent Fletcher.
- Release Date: 18 February 2011.
- Running Time: 53-60 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.