Spartacus: War of the Damned is the third and final season of the American television series Spartacus, a Starz television series, which follows Spartacus: Vengeance. It premiered on 25 January 2013 and concluded on 12 April 2013.
With discipline and morale among his followers breaking down, Spartacus turns his forces to face Crassus in a final (and futile) last stand against his legions, climaxing the slave revolt at the Battle of the Siler River.
Prior to the battle, Spartacus meets privately with Crassus and the two come to a mutual understanding, but both agree to fight each other to the death on the battlefield. Inadvertendly, Spartacus also reveals to Crassus that Kore killed Tiberius, not him.
Spartacus gives a final speech to his remaining rebels, and Nasir creates a sword that will allow his lover Agron to fight despite the critical crucifixion wounds he sustained in the previous episode.
In the beginning of the battle, Spartacus and the rebels manage to kill several Romans, but Lugo is struck by a flaming projectile, and he curses the Romans around him before he dies. A Roman cavalryman kills Castus who dies without regret in Nasir and Agron’s arms. Saxa is fatally wounded by several Romans and dies in Gannicus’s arms after she kills the Romans who inflicted the wounds on her.
Naevia and Caesar then battle, culminating in Caesar defeating her using Tiberius’s sword, the same one used to behead Crixus. Caesar and Gannicus then have their battle. Gannicus manages to wound Caesar in their fight, but is surrounded and captured by Caesar’s soldiers before he can finish him off.
Spartacus kills a group of Roman soldiers along with their commander before finally engaging Crassus in a brutal sword battle. Spartacus manages to defeat Crassus after the two exchange severe blows, but is mortally wounded by three Roman soldiers who appear behind him and impale him with spears. Agron then arrives and kills the Romans who wounded Spartacus, then carries Spartacus away from the battlefield.
Pompey arrives at the end of the battle and steals credit for defeating Spartacus.
Gannicus and all of the rebel prisoners are crucified and he dies remembering his glory in the arena as the Champion of Capua. He also sees the spirit of Oenomaius, smiling as he awaits his old friend to join him in the afterlife. Crassus is forced to have Kore crucified next to Gannicus as she was known to have joined the rebels, although he forgives her for killing his son.
The victorious Crassus, Caesar and Pompey return to Rome in triumph where seeds of a power struggle between all three of them begin to take form along with the plans for the First Triumvirate.
Spartacus dies in Agron’s arms after stating that despite losing the war, the greatest victory he has is to depart from this life a free man.
In the final scene, Laeta, Sibyl and Nasir join Agron, one of the only remaining gladiators from the House of Batiatus (and the only surviving rebel general), as the few dozen survivors of the defeated rebel army march on towards the Roman border to start a new life in the country beyond the mountains. Spartacus, his true name having never been revealed, is buried in an unmarked grave which is marked by a shield with the fated Red Serpent upon it, fulfilling the prophecy his wife, Sura, made in the first episode.
The series ends by showing the title character (as portrayed by Andy Whitfield), covered in blood and standing victorious in the arena, proclaiming “I am Spartacus!”
You can find out about the life of Spartacus and an overview of the Spartacus ‘franchise’ here.
You can find a full index and overview of the Spartacus 2010-2013 series here.
You can find a full index of Spartacus: War of the Damned here.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Rick Jacobson.
- Writer(s): Steven S. DeKnight.
- Release Date: 12 April 2013.
- Running Time: 53-60 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.