‘Spartacus’: 5 Biggest Shockers From The Series Finale

Sat, April 13, 2013 12:38pm EDT by 90 Comments 11,759 Article Views

SPOILER ALERT! ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ ended its run on Apr. 12 with a blood-soaked shocker of a finale. Read on to find out the five things about the episode that truly took our breath away!

The third and final season of Spartacus, titled “War of the Damned,” has been working its way through the (historically accurate) slave rebellion led by Spartacus from 73 to 71 BCE. We finally got the climax of that war with the show’s series finale, which aired on Apr. 12. And boy, we were blown away!

‘Spartacus’ Series Finale: The 5 Most Shocking Things

1. The Finale Was ’300,’ ‘Gladiator’ & ‘Braveheart’ All Rolled Into One!

Spartacus leading the rebels against the Roman Empire truly had all the elements of the classic battle movies. The music, the fight choreography, the violence — it was all there. We were especially reminded of Gerard Butler in 300 when Spartacus leaped at his archenemy Crassus.

2. ‘Spartacus’ Finale Was Surprisingly Tame

For shows like Game of Thrones that lead the way in premium cable TV, sex and nudity (otherwise known as “sexposition”) seem to be a pretty integral element. Over its three seasons, Spartacus has been no different. But the finale on Apr. 12 was shockingly void of all that. And we’re thankful for it — we like a good sex scene as much as the next guy, but sometimes there are wars to be fought. The finale did a good job of driving that home.

3. Gannicus Bites The Dust

One of the show’s most badass characters was brutally — and sadly — killed during the finale. After being surrounded by Roman soldiers, Gannicus was captured and mercilessly crucified along with other rebel fighters. But in a touching final moment, the strong warrior saw his fallen friend, Oenomaus smiling at him. If he had to die, this was the way to go.

4. Spartacus: Our Hero Dies!

History tells us that the slave rebellion was squashed by the Roman Empire, but that Spartacus’ body was never actually found, so we were holding out hope that he would somehow make it out alive. No sir. In the midst of fighting Crassus, Spartacus was suddenly speared in the back by a nameless solider! Talk about a surprise. Though if we’re being honest — we agree that the best way to end this gory show was to have the hero meet his demise at the end, so we applaud the writers for making that hard choice.

5. Crassus Didn’t Kill Spartacus

This is where Spartacus really differed from the classic battle movie/TV tropes. No matter what — the good guy will always meet the bad guy on the field of battle, and one of them will kill the other. But in the finale, a random soldier did Crassus’ dirty work! “It gives it, just a little hint, of the cowardly Romans,” Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight explained to Entertainment Weekly.

The series finale of Spartacus was amazing. It took a ton out of us, but in the best way possible. There won’t be another show like it in some time, and we’ll miss it.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

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Hemene philip

Posted at 4:03 PM on March 31, 2014  

I loved de movie, but how can our hero die. Pls de movies must be continued.

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Emperor okonkwo

Posted at 10:44 AM on March 25, 2014  

I do not like hw spartacus was killed

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mohamed

Posted at 6:31 PM on March 23, 2014  

is there any news about new season ?…

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Fatade jimoh

Posted at 2:50 PM on February 21, 2014  

Dis as been d best season film i luv must,i luv d scene,d graphics,and d mentality in which d slaves fought 4 survivor.

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Sachin Yadav

Posted at 2:29 PM on February 21, 2014  

I love all the series of spartcus. And waiting for the 5 season

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Sachin Yadav

Posted at 2:26 PM on February 21, 2014  

Please bring spartcus, gannicus, crixes, argon. I am waiting for next season .

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Muhammad Sohaib

Posted at 6:47 AM on February 4, 2014  

Please bring Gannicus and Spartacus back in Season 5.
And i want to see fall of the Romans with the hands of Spartacus.

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paula

Posted at 7:30 PM on January 27, 2014  

Please bring back this series please please please…. I can’t let it go

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Jawad sahib

Posted at 4:29 PM on January 18, 2014  

Not happy ending so you should make a new part of spartacus

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Ali

Posted at 7:56 AM on January 13, 2014  

Such a sad ending… Spartacus Die.. :( he must be alive …. not happy….

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Lanre abiola

Posted at 9:45 AM on December 23, 2013  

I don’t care about the story i just want to see the roman empire fall,according to history it did fall why must spartacus die????????????????

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Jafani Tunde

Posted at 5:35 AM on December 1, 2013  

spartacus should be one of the best historical season we luv it

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Dj rosisky

Posted at 8:44 PM on November 18, 2013  

Plz am wating for season 5, i even lov 2 be in d film self, is my best movie so ever.

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Jahangeer

Posted at 12:11 AM on November 17, 2013  

I love it im waiting for another series like this

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Cloud

Posted at 6:22 AM on October 21, 2013  

Is it possible that Gannicus would be a part of Season 5 Spartatus… I think it is better that he would be a part of Season 5 Spartatus… Why?
1. Gannicus proven himself to be god of the Arena but he doesn’t proved himself to be a leader.
2. Spartacus gave Gannicus a chance to lead but he rejected the offer to be a leader.
Spartacus proven himself to be a good leader and he leave a Legacy to all the people who is under him but Gannicus doesn’t.

Maybe for me I want Gannicus to be part of Spartacus Season 5… I Want him to be a Leader soon..If it is Possible..

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Marls

Posted at 9:51 AM on October 21, 2013  

The show has been cancelled for over a year now, so this will never happen…sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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Juliet

Posted at 3:25 AM on October 16, 2013  

Loved this show! I just wished they would’ve mentioned Andy Whitfield at the end…althought his run was short, he did an amazing job and deserved to be mentioned somewhere

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Marls

Posted at 9:53 AM on October 21, 2013  

If you watch the credits all the way to the end, they had Andy’s call of “I am Spartacus!” as the closing depiction of the series…a great credit to him IMHO.

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DolleDolf

Posted at 5:30 PM on October 15, 2013  

I would have loved it had there been an open ending regarding Spartacus’ fate. Like in Real Life.
What a show this was! Second best TV show I have ever seen. Certainly beats the boring dronefest that is Game of Thrones.

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Kells

Posted at 12:43 PM on October 14, 2013  

If spartacus dies then the movie sucks,the rebels where suppose to gain freedom not to keep running.i hate this movie now.you just killed the movie.the people needed their hero to be alive not the romans.

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arianiello

Posted at 10:34 AM on November 17, 2013  

i understand you, but this is not just a movie, this is history, the writers cant change that.
this is how the history goes, spartacus dies but never to be found, some say he survived and got caught in another battle with rome and then they hang him on a bridge for days along with a few other rebels, but there is not much proof of it, this is the reason the show ends like this

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Kells

Posted at 12:38 PM on October 14, 2013  

If spartacus dies then the movie sucks

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mustapha mustapha

Posted at 1:31 PM on October 13, 2013  

Spatacus,craxus,gannicus,all of them are down how will that be comfortable,men dix film is forkkk

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JENGKINZ DUMELO

Posted at 8:36 PM on October 9, 2013  

They say he who kills by a sword dies by a sword,I don’t have a problem wwith Spartacus’ death,but what becomes of the Romans.

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Posted at 2:32 AM on September 24, 2013  

Best show ever!!!!! why end such a great thing for no reason. They could of kept going but showing all of Crixus battles to get to Rome. And Spartacus having a child would have been great to keep this great story going. Starz you just lost a fan…

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ink-insky

Posted at 4:37 AM on September 7, 2013  

Why did the writer’s final i quote” a hard decision ” letting spartacus die.They should have let spartacus have a son who will rise up from the same and just finish what He had started.I admit it’s hard for our hero spartacus to die at the end. Please reconsider that before we get suspended by our best series ever out of 10 i would give it 9.8. art ,creativity, suspence , humour just alot about.DeKnigt keep the good job up.Next title The awakening of spartacus.

Thank you.

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Ramzey

Posted at 8:57 PM on March 2, 2014  

Spartacus had a son who became a free man. So they still achieved freedom. Every one dies but some men live on . Spartacus live on even in death.

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mohamedfbmarrah

Posted at 12:09 PM on August 15, 2013  

spartacus is my best i like end i may like you to produse the season to see the ending of the roman for the keeling formal chapion of the gladiatus.

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