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On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, both Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) may as well have been missing for all the heed their underlings paid them. Although that may seem like an oversimplification of the situation, wartime is when obedience to the leadership hierarchy is crucial, lest chaos rule.
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Spartacus at least appeared to make some headway in providing for his people by allying with the pirates, but Crassus lost men and the element of surprise when Tiberius (Christian Antidormi) flouted his dad's orders with a botched sneak attack on the rebels. How will the disobedience affect the war? And is Naevia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) just? Check out our burning questions from "Men of Honor" below:
Are Naevia's loose-cannon ways a liability for Spartacus? No one should have undergone the atrocities that this former slave experienced, but she is prejudiced to the point of killing or maiming harmless Romans, who could be assets. For the record, sweetie, you laid hands on Attius (Cohen Holloway) first, not vice versa. Of course he responded violently! Spartacus will have to start policing his own men before they murder or alienate all of his useful Roman allies, including Laeta (Anna Hutchinson).
Can Heracleo (Vince Colosimo) really be trusted? Although it appears that the pirate leader successfully forged an alliance with the rebels, both sides were prepared for betrayal. The pirates' flaming cannonballs saved the day when the Romans attacked, but we wonder why the projectiles were so handy, ready to be launched in the first place. Only Spartacus' men were expected that day. Also, the pirates, like mercenaries, are interested in profit, and therefore their allegiance can be bought.
Wow, Agron, jealous much? Nasir (Pana Hema Taylor) barely had time to enjoy harmless flirtation with one of the pirates before Agron (Dan Feuerriegel) put the beatdown on the interloper. Feuerriegel tells TVGuide.com, "The way I justify the fact that he is so jealous and protective of his loved ones was that he lost one of the most important people in his life, which is his brother Duro (Ande Cunningham) and he felt responsible for that. And so there's this underlying desire with him to be the protector. That's why he's Spartacus' bodyguard, and that's why he needs to protect and look after Nasir. I think when he sees that there's potential of Nasir leaving him, it hurts him in the way that he lashes out is to be violent, to be jealous, to be angry, hateful, all that sort of stuff. That's how I justify it. Doesn't mean it's right."
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Will there be repercussions for hiding the Roman prisoners? Spartacus had unshackled Laeta so that she could move freely and report mistreatment of her fellow Roman survivors at the rebels' hands. But by spiriting the Romans away to hide under the floorboards of the stable, she broke Spartacus' trust. If her betrayal is discovered, Spartacus will have a tough time showing her mercy before his bloodthirsty generals.
Is Saxa, like, the coolest girlfriend or what? This is the second time that Saxa (Ellen Hollman) has brought other women to share with Gannicus (Dustin Clare) in the bedroom. It appears that the usual rules of monogamy or gender roles do not apply to them.
"Saxa and Gannicus are 71 B.C. rock stars, essentially," Hollman says. "They live life to the fullest. They crave battle, wine and women. With that common thread it's disastrous, it's fiery, it's strong, it's everything that you imagine it to be. For the most part [their relationship] really is equal. He's not against letting her have the reins, and vice versa. She doesn't feel like she has to prove herself in front of him. You'll actually see in Episode 3 that there's more of a domestic side to them, which is really beautiful to see ... At the root of the relationship is a friendship and it's based on respect."
How is Tiberius in battle? The pup is fierce, but he's not yet the wolf he wants to be. He also had the bad judgment to attack Spartacus prematurely, which went against his father's wishes and is such a no-no for a soldier. Crassus is a smart man, and he'll realize that this disobedience can't be gone unchecked.
Rebels/Romans/Pirates Say the Damnedest Things:
Heracleo: "You'd be surprised by the reach of my stream, boy."
Attius: "I once drained six cups and found myself in heated argument with imaginary cat!"
Drunken, naked rebel: "My c--- is magic!"
Crixus (Manu Bennett): "Then let us see it vanish from sight."
What did you think of "Men of Honor"? Is Naevia out of control?
Spartacus: War of the Damned airs Fridays at 9/8c on Starz.
- Marcus Crassus