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Review: Spartacus Vengeance Season Finale ‘Wrath of the Gods’

It just seems like yesterday when the second full season of Spartacus kicked off on Starz, but in reality this season has already come to an end.  ‘Wrath of Gods’ marked the final episode of Spartacus Vengeance, and just like the first season’s ‘Kill them All’ finale, this one also featured copious amounts of blood and guts in addition to the deaths of multiple major characters.  Within the first 5 minutes of this episode Spartacus’ camp loses a main character in tragic fashion.  From there the action doesn’t dissipate, and by the end you’re left sitting their with your jaw open thinking to yourself, “Did they just do that?”  Once again the creators of Spartacus have proved that no characters are safe, and that you truly never know what is going to happen from one episode to the next.

I will spare you the details of this death filled episode to avoid any sort of spoilers, but you should be fully prepared to watch the deaths of 5 major characters.  Count that, 5 MAJOR characters get whacked in 60 minutes or less!  How many other major TV shows have you known to do such a thing?  Sure by the end of LOST some of the characters started to meet their maker, but that was after 6 seasons of being on the air!  This is just the second full season of Spartacus and their writers have no problems killing off their characters at will, and in dramatic fashions.

Both camps in this show take a hit to their ranks in this blood filled season finale.  Glaber’s forces and the Roman characters in this show take more casualties, but the deaths in Spartacus’ camp are more painful to experience unless you’re the type of person who sides with the bad guys.  I’m not going to say that I was surprised to see who got killed from the freed slave forces, but I thought both of these characters would be mainstays, so I was shocked to say the least to see them go so soon.  I guess the death of one of them was foreshadowed in the last two episodes, but I didn’t think it would happen as fast as it did.

There’s nothing worse than a woman scorned right?

While watching the good guys perish is tough to sit through in the finale, it’s the exact opposite feeling while watching Glaber’s forces and the Romans perish.  There’s one scumbag in particular that finally meets his maker, and it is done in a style that only could be pulled off on this series.  Let’s just say that you get to see what it’s like to use a human head and neck for tree chopping practice.  There’s another satisfying kill scene towards the end, but the one that remained with me is the one I just mentioned.  It’s definitely something to see and cheer about once it takes place.

The women of Spartacus once again had some stinging moments in this finale, and the twist may shock you.  Lucretia continues to show you that you never truly know what she’s been up to all season.  She provides a “Holy Shit” moment that we all should’ve seen coming, but through their clever writing the writers managed to keep her true intentions hidden until it was too late.

As usual these two ladies provide for some of the bigger “Oh sh*t!” moments in the finale

By the end of ‘Wrath of the Gods’ it is made clear to the viewers that this show is headed in a whole new direction.  Most everything from the first two full seasons gets wrapped up nicely, and in some cases, in ways that you didn’t see coming.  The writers have opened up all kinds of doors with the way they bloodily completed Spartacus Vengeance.  The finale echoed the bloody conclusion to the first full season that featured Andy Whitfield as Spartacus, and by the time its credits rolled I had fully bought into Liam McIntyre as the new Spartacus.

By the end Liam McIntyre does a fie job assuming the mantle of Spartacus

The 10 episodes of this season all had their own pros and cons, and I couldn’t have been happier with each and everyone.  It’s sad to know that this show will be missing from my weekly viewing schedule until 2013, but I was more than entertained by it over these past 10 weeks.  For this I give the finale an EB 10 out of 10 Buddhas, and I give the full season a rating of 9 out of 10 Buddhas.  Spartacus is still one of the best shows on TV for both men and women, and this second full season proved that it wasn’t a one trick pony.  Check out the preview for the finale below, and if for some reason you have Starz and haven’t watched this show yet, go ahead and punch yourself in the crotch for being a fool!  You’ve been loving this new era of hardcore television shows…

Spartacus: Vengeance Season Finale Preview

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.