‘No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.’
That what exactly all the characters in episode 2.06 were doing – choosing their own path. Each of them has its own goals to reach, each of them has its destiny. The ‘Chosen Path’ episode opened us the new stronger sides of some characters, revealed the whole new images of them. So, let’s discover below, why, as for me, this episode was so special and not in a bit worse than the previous one.
The episode begins with the return of Spartacus to their shelter. We remember, how he and his people crashed arena in Capua, saved Crixus and hardly wounded Oenomaus. What is more, Gannicus returned with them, but his intention was only to wait Oenomaus’s awakening and talk to him. The rest of the rebels cheer excitedly when Agron tells them how the arena was on fire, the whole Capua was, but one particular rebel woman has something else on her mind – Chadara. She was really sad, having heard that Rascus is dead. Meanwhile, inside the shelter, Lucius was taking care of Oenomaus.
Nassil greeted Agron (kiss), then…moment we were all waiting for from the first episode of Vengeance – Naevia turned her head and saw Crixus…she run into his arms, happy kiss and hugs (my eyes were teared).
- Do I yet dream?
- If so, I would never have you wake…
Back to Capua, Glaber is still bent on revenge after this fire show,
made by Spartacus and his comrades. Meanwhile, Ilithyia mourned her father. Glaber is mad about her decisions earlier, he’s mad she was going to fled with Virinius to Rome. Now Ilithyia should plea for forgiveness. Glaber, meanwhile, was in negotiations with Seppius. He asked him to join forces against rebels, but Seppius appears not so easy to persuade. His answer was “I will tell you my answer tomorrow, Gaius”. Then, Glaber asked his wife to negotiate with Seppia, as she has pretty strong influence on her brother. Lucretia was willing to help Ilithiya in this. But, appears, Seppia wasn’t so easy to persuade either! She refused, though later agreed at least to try.
Yet, a company of exhausted Roman soldiers returned from their patrol. One of the soldiers, Glaber’s right hand, told that more than a hundred bodies were found under crashed arena. Soldiers also found one really interesting thing – Gannicus’s rudis! Then Ashur appeared again with his talks “I told you, these gladiators are far from common” and no one from Romans can go up against them. Glaber was exhausted of all these talks so…he gave Ashur his own sword and asked for performance:
Then give a lesson, prove boast!
And so Ashur proved it, killing almost all returned soldiers and leaving about two of them alive (this man was considered weak and less-skilled??!). Now he is Glaber’s right hand. The pretor asked Ashur to gather warriors like him, and Ashur is more than agreed to lead army with such gladiators. The next we were going to see was Lucretia/Ashur (without his beard) moment in the cell. Lucretia confronted him, slaped, but then she is one who was thrown against the wall and raped. Then we were watching the bath moment between Lucretia and Ilithyia with its heart-to-heart talk.
We return to rebels camp. Naevia and Crixus moment. I was expecting so much that they are going to have this reunion love scene, BUT…Crixus was kissing her, caressing, though all she felt, all she saw with her eyes closed were men, who abused her…men, who raped her. Naevia runaway from Crixus, leaving him confused and panicked.
Later, this two again would have a moment together. Crixus was in despair not knowing how to handle all of this, what he should do. He pushed Naevia against the wall, saying that he couldn’t bare if she would fade in a fight. All she answered him was:
No. I would not have you watch. I would have you teach. How to breathe again. How to live.
How to fight. So that no man will ever lay hands on me against my will. And the girl who’s name
was robbed may reclaim it.
Meanwhile, Gannicus is still all worried, waiting for Oenomaus awaking. While Chabara stroke up in the chamber and with flirty talks offer to Gannicus her ‘services’. He, of course, refused her, explaining it that he’s only here for Oenomaus, not rebels.
In that time, Spartacus showed to Agron, Lucius and Mira the map (new plan again). He wanted to put some patrol, watchman, to warn any attacks. Then Spartacus asked Agron and several men to discover, is there any chance to attack Neapolis for them. Lucius agreed to train some rebels..later we saw that training – Mira was learning how to use bow and arrow. Their whole planning was interrupted by Gannicus, who was just seeking some wine. Man saw their mistrust, but actually just smile about that. Later he was sitting alone on the wall of chapel. Spartacus was looking at him, thinking if he could ever win Gannicus over.. so then he decided it’s time for both of them to talk. Gannicus and Spartacus were going to hunt together. But neither the team-work, nor their dramatic talk had no effect.
- This is the reason you provoke the Romans? For the memory of your woman?
- For love. The greatest cause of all.
Later, Gannicus would have talk with Oenomaus (yes, he awakened), he would try to explain that he never wanted any of what he felt towards Oenomaus’s wife, and that Mellitia loved only Oenomaus till her end. But Doctore didn’t believe this, he asked Gannicus never ever showed here again. Meanwhile, rebels found themselves betrayed, without food and drinks. Of course, the one, whom they choose guilty was Gannicus. Then it happened…Gannicus and Spartacus fight under very dramatic thunderstorm ( I dare to say they were both magnificent), which was going to end very badly…but Mira made her move, trying to prevent this fight, though her warning arrow appeared in Chabara’s throat..Later Mira found the map, hidden under Chabara’s dress and Spartacus understood that she was the one, the traitor. Spartacus apologized to Gannicus. Then ‘The God of the Arena’ just left rebels’ camp. He chose his path ad it’s not one with rebels.
Meanwhile, Ashur was gathering a sort of his own ‘pack of bastards’. It includes tattooed man (the one we saw in ‘Libertus’ in the bar), other like-cruel-killing-machine men and one, Egyptian, who was captured in well and who seemed the most dangerous from them all.
Glaber with Ashur’s army ‘visited’ Seppius’s house. They killed all residents there: guards, women, men…and even Seppius, who was killed by Glaber himself.
Paths were chosen. Glaber became like a real tyrant. Ashur chose to be on pretor’s side, be his right hand. Ilithya is playng the role of loyal wife. Gannicus chose to lurk in the shadows alone, without any rebels’ concern.
This episode was really special for me, and I hope you liked it as much as I did.
Questions, Comments, and Concerns…
- How did you like ‘Chosen Path’ episode?
- What do you think of Ashur’s actions? Is he going to be loyal to Glaber?
- What can you say about Naevia and Crixus reunion? Was it like you were expected it to be?
- Who do you think is this mysterious dangerous Egyptian gladiator?
- What are your thoughts about chosen path in life? Can we somehow prevent ourselves from the bad choices we are so often making?
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