Spartacus: War of the Damned – “Spoils of War” (Season 3, Episode 6)

Spartacus vs Crassus - Spartacus: War of the Damned "Spoils of War"

After two brutal, action-packed chapters, “Spoils of War” is – after a bloody prologue – a less eventful, less bloody episode. It confidently establishes Gannicus as a hero worthy of admiration and solidifies Crassus as a formidable foe– witness his blithe disregard of Gannicus’s diversion attempt, and the reveal of his true plan at episode’s end is inspired.

Caesar (Todd Lasance) and Laeta (Anna Hutchison) - Spartacus: War of the Damned "Spoils of War"But now seems a good time to consider Spartacus’s use of nudity.

Often, the nudity is purely fanservice – unnamed extras flashing their bits to keep things interesting – but it’s not averse to using it to accentuate character development. This was evident in “Spoils of War” with respect to Laeta and Caesar.

(NSFW past the jump)

Laeta (Anna Hutchison) nude - Spartacus: War of the Damned "Spoils of War"

Laeta’s nude scene achieved dual purposes. The lingering male gaze wasn’t without purpose, bringing chilling heft to her sale to Heracleo, but the scene predominantly served to emphasis her sense of relief and vulnerability… right before the carpet is pulled out from under her.

Caesar (Todd Lasance) nude - Spartacus: War of the Damned "Spoils of War"

Caesar’s nude(ish) scene, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. I’d expected the series to establish him as the moral counterpart to Spartacus (as Crassus is his strategic counterpart), but his cruel swagger before Tiberius made the reveal that he was party to Laeta’s betrayal seem almost inevitable.

5 thoughts on “Spartacus: War of the Damned – “Spoils of War” (Season 3, Episode 6)

    • Yep, Anna Hutchison’s a looker alright. And she doesn’t have too many qualms about going naked (see: Cabin in the Woods or the second season of Underbelly).

      I am really looking forward to the last four episodes – it seems like there’s so little time to wrap everything up while at the same time there’s only so far the story can go from here. Be interesting to see who survives the season – maybe Gannicus will live to fight another day?

      • I have no idea whats going to happen,

        In history terms we don’t know what actually happened to Spartacus, Romans didn’t keep many records of those events for obvious reasons.

        Hope they make something bloody and brilliant 😀

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