Spartacus: Vengeance is the second season of the American television series Spartacus, a Starz television series, which follows Spartacus: Blood and Sand. It premiered on 20 January 2012 and concluded on 30 March 2012.
Spartacus finds anger, resentment and mistrust in his ranks and must see old wounds healed if the Rebels are to stand against the might of Rome.
Ilithyia returns home to find Seppia (although unwilling) in the arms of Glaber. From Ilithyia’s information on the Rebels’ location, Ashur pinpoints the site of their temple base, and as reward he is promised his freedom after the defeat of Spartacus. Ilithyia and Glaber also have a heart to heart talk, and Ilithyia finds Glaber not moved from her miraculous survival. However, Lucretia is quite happy and tells Ilithyia of the latest happenings and of Glaber’s murder of Seppius, and Ilithyia and Lucretia set young Seppia on a path of vengeance.
Meanwhile, rounds of friendly bouts to end current grievances are set up by Spartacus, as old insults and past wrongs are put right in these friendly battles. Ashur reveals to Lucretia that as well as freedom, Glaber will give Ashur the ludus and his blessing of marriage with Lucretia if Spartacus falls in the upcoming battle. Lucretia is quite dismayed at the loss of her husband’s legacy.
Varinius returns to Capua (at the secret bidding of Seppia) with directions from the Senate that Glaber is to leave Capua and return to Rome. Varinius is rebuffed by Glaber, and warns of further ruin if Glaber does not obey. Varinius is angered at Seppia’s lack of strong evidence of Glaber’s wrongdoings and murderous deeds. Lucretia gives a final pep talk to convince Seppia to make attempt on Glaber’s life. At the final moment before Seppia’s dagger is thrust into Glaber, Ilithyia, from behind, grabs Seppia’s dagger, stabs Seppia in her heart and proceeds to violently slit her throat. Glaber and Ilithyia come to a mutual understanding about their marriage, as Ilithyia fuels passion with ambitious talk of power that they both must seek to acquire.
The Roman attack on the Rebel temple goes forward, Varinius’ and Glaber’s forces in attendance. Spartacus and Gannicus capture Varinius in the first assault, catching him unaware in the forest. In the temple forecourt, whoever mostly remained of Varinius’ frontal assault lay dead, but then huge fire projectiles are hurled into the temple. Varinius is hit by a projectile and is presumably killed. Glaber, his men and Ashur storm the temple. Overrun, Spartacus and the rebels use their escape tunnels to leave, but not before Oenomaus loses his left eye while fighting the fierce Egyptian mercenary and losses of at least half of the Rebels.
Cutting Glaber off from pursuit, the Rebels exit the tunnels only to have their retreat cut off by the rest of Glaber’s forces. With no other path that does not lead to certain death, the Rebels take to the steep mountain paths of Mt. Vesuvius. Glaber halts further pursuit and decides to besiege the mountain, hoping to force the rebels to come out in the open, driven by hunger and thirst. Glaber states that Spartacus and his followers will die.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): TJ Scott.
- Writer(s): Brent Fletcher.
- Release Date: 23 March 2012.
- Running Time: 53-60 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.