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Spartacus: Blood and Sand Episode Recap 8: Mark of Brotherhood

Includes a preview for episode 9.
Episode 108 Mark Of Brotherhood - Batiatus purchases a fresh batch of slaves during an auction to be trained as gladiators and ponders the idea of selling Crixus. Crixus' road to recovery is nearing its end but his abilities as a gladiator are now a concern with some questioning whether or not he will still have the crowds on his side. It's clear that Crixus is a changed man after his brush with death. His feelings for Naeva grow stronger while his disdain for the "task" he must perform for Lucretia becomes more apparent. In one scene, Crixus is unable to perform for his Domina. He's easily able to blame it on his health but it's obvious that his head is clouded with thoughts of Naeva and his near brush with death.

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With Crixus' complete recovery in question, Batiatus is faced with the possibility of having to sell the former Champion of Capua before he loses his value. Both Lucretia and Naeva are distressed by the thought of losing their lover. The love triangle that's formed has been very good so far but I'm starting to wonder how far they can really take this. Undoubtedly, Batiatus must have some idea of what is going on. He's far too cunning to have his wife's affairs going unnoticed. Then again, Lucretia knows nothing of Naeva and Crixus. When all is said and done, the fact that Naeva is not long for this world seems clear. Out of all these characters, she's the expendable slave while the rest have some value to one another. We may see Crixus' story evolve in much the same way Spartacus' has over the last few weeks with Batiatus having to do the dirty work once again.

The relationship between Crixus and Spartacus wears thin with both respecting each other but not really liking one another. Spartacus' beating of Crixus as an example to the new recruits was hard to watch. In just a short few episodes (approximately over a year in the show's time line however) we've seen Crixus fall from champion to nothing. There were a lot of obvious parallels being drawn between Spartacus' current attitude and Crixus' in "Sacramentum Gladitorium." The role reversal almost acts as a 'heel' turn for Spartacus who flaunts his power and abilities now that he is Champion of Capua.

Spartacus is no heel however. He shows mercy to the new recruits by allowing them to eat which angers Crixus who feels they must suffer as slaves. Spartacus may be cocky with his new found power and glory but he's turning that around and using it to build an honest Ludus out of those around him.

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