Far more gruesome than Game of Thrones, and with even more explicit set, Spartacus burst onto screens in 2010, demanding to be noticed and taking more than a little inspiration from the hyper-real violence of 300. But it’s so much more than the slow-motion beheadings and all the boobs. Behind these superficial pleasures is an incredibly intelligent script, a wonderful cast, and a story that can still shock even though it’s so well known. With the whole thing now available on Sky+, maybe it’s about time you gave Spartacus a shot.
There are four seasons of Spartacus. Blood and Sand, the first season, follows Spartacus’ enslavement into Batiatus’ ludus, culminating in the rebellion lead by Spartacus, Crixus, and Agron (who appears to take the historical Castus role, although Castus appears as a separate character in a later season). The prequel series, Gods of the Arena, introduces us to the final rebel leader, Gannicus, before Vengeance sees the former slaves face off against the Praetor Glaber, and War of the Damned leads to the fateful meeting of Spartacus’ forces and Marcus Licinius Crassus.
Spartacus concluded its final season last year, but with a box set available, the whole thing being on Sky+, or any other means, it demands to be watched. You need a strong stomach (and maybe don’t watch with your parents), but you will be rewarded with something far more intelligent than perhaps its marketing reveals.
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