Though "Spartacus" is set to make its exit after the next season, there is still much that we can look forward to in the final moments of this heart-pounding season. Here are some of the things that we can (and should) expect from the conclusion to this blood and sex-soaked drama of ancient Rome.
Strong female characters
One of the highlights of the first two and a half seasons of this series was the presence of some of the strongest and most cunningly-drawn female characters ever seen in a historical drama. Although we will probably not see the likes of Lucretia again (how can you replace a villainess of this caliber?) there is some hope that the final season will showcase some truly great female characters. Perhaps just as importantly, it looks like they will be heroines rather than villains, so that will make for a fascinating change.
Though Glaber was a cunning and often ruthless villain, now that he is gone the stage is set for some other personages to take up his burden in quelling the rebellion. Now that the plutocrat Crassus and the ambitious young Caesar are set to appear, we can reasonably expect them to be portrayed as cunning, of nevertheless fascinating, villains determined to bring down our lovely (and often scantily clad) heroes of the rebellion. The presence of such great villains will no doubt make this a season to remember.
One of the best things about watching "Spartacus" has been watching the fascinating ways in which it deals with and portrays the often strong relationships that develop among men, especially those that are in a military setting together. Although Spartacus has had to say goodbye to some of the best companions a man could have, the last season looks to have many different types of male bonding that will allow us to see the many ways in which male friendships take shape.
In short, it looks like it is going to be another fascinating season of "Spartacus." While there will be a lot of sadness that it is leaving after only three full seasons, we can hope that the producers of the show, seeing the great television and dramatic potential in this blood-soaked period of ancient history, will decide to bring some of the other great figures of the Roman world to brilliant and scintillating life. We can but hope.
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