We already told you that Spartacus Blood and Sand has been renewed for season two, after changing its lead due to health problems from Andy Whitfield.
But how could we wait for an extra year to see more of the exciting Starz show, and to get dragged to the Arenas once again?
Well, the network was smart enough as ti put to the works a prequel for Spartacus Blood and Sand called Spartacus Gods of the Arena, that premiered on January 21st.
Beyond reminding me of my highschool days (not because we fought all that much, but because we studied latin), Paterfamilias, the new episode of Starz´s Spartacus Gods of the Arena has the risen champion Batiatus front and center.
Just as his fortunes are on the rise, his future clear before him, Batiatus is stunned by the return of his father. All that he has schemed for is put at risk by the domineering, conservative Titus Batiatus, who frowns on the decadence he now finds in his house and on his son’s attempts to gain rank by exploiting those above his class. Short of gaining the elusive approval of his father, Batiatus the younger must figure out how to manipulate him towards his ambitions or how to be rid of him.
What is Spartacus Gods of the Arena about? Plot
“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” tells the story of the Champion of the House of Batiatus in a more ruthless time before Spartacus’ arrival, when honor was just finding its way into the arena. As the prequel begins, Quintus Batiatus is the acting Lanista while his father is on an extended visit to Sicilia. But Batiatus isn’t satisfied with just the thought of taking over the Ludus one day; he aspires to political power and prestige in Capua, and perhaps beyond. In the class-conscious world of ancient Rome, the House of Batiatus must first earn the respect of politicians as well as socialites before being granted the right for its gladiators to fight in the much-revered championship bouts called the Primus. Batiatus must not only survive the harsh politics of Capua, but also compel his hedonistic fighter, Gannicus, to embrace being a champion gladiator who will bring esteem and respect to the House of Batiatus.
What do you think so far of Spartacus Gods of the Arena? Will you watch Paterfamilias on Starz, premiering Friday, February 4 at 10pm ET/PT? Let me know in the comments section.
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