It’ll probably be the only way in which I was productive, but that’s OK.
Firstly, I want to mention this appropriate article I found which poses the question “How Much Is Too Much Incest On TV?” We all know my answer to that. Of course the article and the comments bring up a lot of pseudo-incest storylines – people who are thought to be related but actually aren’t, step-siblings, adoptive siblings, relations that aren’t sexual and therefore aren’t technically incest, characters having two independent sexual partners who are related by blood, characters who share a sibling, etc.
I think it’s hilarious they brought up Supernatural. Jokes are made – most of them fanservice – but there has been ZERO incest, unless you want to count when poor Mary had to kiss her dead father while he was possessed by a demon – and again, not technically incest, just a kiss. If Supernatural was on HBO, you’d probably have to seal the deal with sex. But it’s on the CW.
I mentioned Spartacus: Blood and Sand (13 episodes) in an entry about returning January shows last year when its prequel series Gods of the Arena (6 episodes) was airing. I would encourage you to go and read that quickly (it’s not very long, just a handful of paragraphs at the bottom) before continuing with this entry (which is much more relevant to his blog than the former one was). This entry is in sequel to what I have already written about the show.
The second season is entitled Spartacus: Vengeance (10 episodes), and I’m thrilled it’s finally here. I just rewatched Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena in preparation, and I’m glad I did, because this isn’t a show that really gets old. The lyrical-ness of the dialogue and just all the pretty – the actors and the costumes and the – granted, CGI – landscapes and sky views – they all lend themselves to pleasurable repeat viewings.
I read a review of Spartacus’ return episode – 2.01 Fugitivus (which aired last Friday) – and the amused reviewer noted that while he (I just assume almost all paid reviewers are men, is that strange?) had just remembered all the gore and graphic sex, he was surprised to be reminded while watching the new episode that the plot is actually rather complex, and a knowledge of the complicated history between characters was necessary in order to make proper sense of their current interactions.
I mention this as an attestation to the show’s underestimated quality, and because I wanted you to know that I don’t think it would be wise to just dive in with this season if you were suddenly interested – I would vehemently recommend visiting both the prequel series and the first season. They’re both on DVD already, I’m sure, and it’s only 19 episodes. Another thing often said of the show is that it takes awhile to find its footing. I think the first few episodes have a lot of good things in them, but it’s not until around episode five that it starts to get really intriguing.
As I mentioned before in the other entry: don’t expect with this to be another Rome. It’s not. It’s different. People looking for another Rome will be disappointed, and this will inevitably be the case for the rest of their lives because there will never be another Rome.
I lamented the lack, not only of brothers and sisters, but of family in general when I first described the show. A lack soon to rectified, it would seem.
The chance of incest (with clouds in the afternoon) is much higher on premium cable channels. Even when such shows don’t have a brother and sister (or, less frequently, a mother and son) actually have sex with each other, most of them still flirt with it or tease. And usually it’s main characters, too, though sometimes the best stories are just visitors with good arcs. I mean, just off the top of my head as I’m writing this I can list Boardwalk Empire, Carnivale, Rome, True Blood, The Tudors, Nip/Tuck, Game of Thrones, Hung, Big Love, etc.
The chance of incest in such shows set in centuries past (or their fantasy equivalent) seems to be even higher. Or at least that’s the impression I carry around with me. Part of that comes from actual historical circumstances – Cleopatra married to her brother, Anne Boleyn executed for incest, etc. And part of it from traditional patriarchal customs – the sister being the responsibility of the brother until she is married if their father is dead, the stronger familial ties, general familial centrality, and the tendency not to move to faraway places. And most of it from the attempt of the writers/showrunners to create a sense that their setting is an entirely different place. What better way to do that than through incest?
I was surprised that Spartacus didn’t have any incest, just because it seemed like the type of show that would go for that. It really liked pushing the envelope, and showing different kinds of sexual interactions. So, yeah, I was disappointed, especially because my reasons for hoping were understandable.
But season 2 brings new characters, and new pleasures.
I’ll go into more detail further down, but from the first episode it seems likely that Seppia and Seppius are already having sex with each other, or on the cusp of it at the very least. And I bet there’s plenty to look forward to between them in future episodes. If luck holds they won’t murder or betray each other before the season’s over.
The Seppius/Seppia storyline won’t need any background, so I’ll treat that as an almost separate subject, but I’m in a Spartacus mood, so I’m going to go into specifics about my other thoughts on the show first. Feel free to skip it because it won’t make a whole lot of sense if you don’t know what I’m talking about. (The Spartacus/Ilithyia section is rather detailed, however.)
Not Safe For Work warning line. Some of the pictures and GIFs to follow verge on pornographic. Just thought you might want to know.
Spoiler warning line. I will be discussing details of what transpired in past seasons, and in Fugitivus.
To first continue with where I left off with the first entry:
Gods of the Arena was fantastic. The season finale couldn’t compare with 1.13 Kill Them All, but little else can. It was still a solid six episodes, especially given they were put together hastily once it was clear Andy Whitfield couldn’t return to filming.
It hurt when they killed Melitta (I really liked her, put her on my list of favorite female characters), but it was such a great scene. I shipped her and Gannicus hardcore, and will continue to ship them now that she’s dead. (Gannicus is supposed to be part of Vengeance.) I’m not interested in seeing him move on, I don’t think. Unless it’s something really special. (Some ships I just can’t resist because the chemistry and the tension and the circumstances are all perfect.) I’m sure the Melitta thing’ll come up between him and Oenomaus (Doctore) because this is TV.
Liam McIntyre was recast in the role of Spartacus. He’s doing a fine job, but it feels like another character. Andy was Spartacus, this guy…not Spartacus. When they were recasting I didn’t even realize how much I would miss Andy. But after rewatching, and then now seeing the first episode with a different actor – it’s awful. The loss… It’s just really hard to connect what happened to Spartacus before with this new guy who looks and sounds different.
That being said…
Fugitivus was f—king fantastic. With two years to write it, it really should have been. But it was.
I’m not even sure where to start.
I suppose I should explain my ships and unships, because 75% of what I care about has to do with them. I have only about 25% interest in other things. That’s just the way I am. I make no apologies.
Absolutely yes, forever and ever. I think she lost her mind because she lost her child and because she lost him. (Assuming she’s not faking it – which I don’t think she is but I like to cover my bases and assure you that I have considered the possibility). With what Crixus did to her (especially after Batiatus had already told her he knew about their “affair” and didn’t care because it made her happy), I hope she came to her senses and realized she should have loved only Batiatus.
I don’t really care about them. I don’t like Crixus. Naevia’s OK but boring; I liked Melitta more. She’s been recast, which will be weird. The scene where they were separated did get to me a little, though. It was heartbreaking.
I like that Sura was a woman of faith. And Spartacus needed motivation, so giving him a fridged wife makes sense. But I never felt for them. I’ve got a lot of Spartacus ships, so him dwelling on his dead wife isn’t fun for me, even if I appreciate his devotion. We only had one scene of them together before they were married and I didn’t find the dynamic particularly interesting, although I enjoyed learning Sparty was a bit of playa before the ball and chain.
I absolutely ship them. They can be together in Elysium now. It was rocky towards the end, but I think they loved each other very much.
She wronged him in so many ways, and yet I feel what he did to her was worse somehow. I can’t wait for her to get it together and then try to get revenge. That brief moment where he sees that she’s alive, and she sees him and she’s terrified – it was perfect and wonderful.
I love how much I love all of these married couples, because I usually don’t take much interest in established couples. I think these two have an interesting relationship. He’s scary when he’s angry, but it’s not like she’s a delicate flower. I think there is still love there, and it interests me. Ilithyia loving anyone interests me. I also think these two could have a perfect marriage. They don’t, but they could. Which I also find very interesting.
I like Spartacus and Mira, particularly at first when he’s just uncharacteristically rude to her even though she was obviously in love with him. But it’s not my favorite ship for him, not even my second favorite ship for him, and I fear it has already gotten stale. But it was pretty great between when she was introduced and the season finale. They seem to be together-together in Fugitivus. That’s a big jump from what they had before – all offscreen. It’s like they don’t even want me to care.
There was a lot of promo stuff for her – I doubt she’s going anywhere. I just hate viewing her as a placeholder for whatever more interesting relationship comes along. It’s not fair to her.
Yes, I ship it. I shipped it since Aurelia came to work at the villa. Even though she blamed Spartacus for Varro’s death when Spartacus didn’t deserve the blame, you can understand why she might do that, so I certainly don’t blame her for it. Spartacus felt the need to take care of her because of Varro, not only because he was the one who had to kill him and he felt responsible, but because Varro was his friend and he loved him. And I love that.
And I might not have shipped it but that Spartacus was always watching her and looking at her and worrying about her. He was going to rebel against Batiatus even though Mira told him that Roman law would have all of the slaves in that household put to the death because of his actions. But then he saw Aurelia and decided on another plan. And Mira was so jealous.
And Fugitivus started out so well for them. He treated Aurelia like she was on this pedestal even though she was constantly critiquing him. And Liam – thank you, Liam – just looked at her like he was so in love with her. And Mira was jealous yet again. And then Spartacus and Aurelia had this scene out in the moonlight where he gave her all his money and told her he was going to send her to be with her son. And it was just so soft and beautiful and perfect.
And part of it is how much I love Varro and how much I loved his friendship with Spartacus, and I just love the idea of Spartacus being with Varro’s widow. Aurelia even tells Spartacus that she will tell her son that he loved Varro above all others.
And then they killed her! This show likes to kill people. I took the deaths of Varro and Melitta and Batiatus and Duro (characters I loved, characters I shipped and friend-shipped with other people) like a flipping champ! And then they do this to me.
I think it was supposed to be sad sad (well of course it was), but I’m just sad that the Spartacus/Aurelia ship is dead. And I’m sad that all reminders of Varro are gone. It’s like he never was. Aurelia was a constant reminder of Varro, and now it’s gone. For Spartacus, and for the audience. REMEMBER VARRO FOREVER! In fact, I wonder if that’s why they killed her. I mean, they can’t even show any relevant flashbacks of Varro because Andy Whitfield is in all of them.
Oh, readers, the way Spartacus looked at her! (Andy and Liam.) It wasn’t just compassion and guilt. And I’m perfectly willing to admit that it might have been incidental and not scripted, but it was there.
Well, as far as I’m concerned, they were in love with each other, I’ll still ship them to a degree for always even though she’s dead, like I continue to ship Gannicus/Melitta.
How perfect this episode would have been if they hadn’t killed her. Why did it have to be her that they killed? I’m certainly not surprised they wanted a death for the premiere, but it had to be her?
But here’s my Sue Heck silver lining: I don’t enjoy multi-shipping, I prefer worshipping at the altar of my OTP and that being that. With Aurelia out of the way, I can focus on:
Folks, welcome to my OTP.
They legit hate each other. Put in the same room without bigger priorities, it would be a literal knife fight.
He tried to strangle her.
And I can’t get enough.
Their story below:
So, Ilithyia is married to Glaber (he was a legatus, he’s a praetor now – information you don’t need that I’m giving you anyway). Glaber betrayed Spartacus’ people, the Thracians. He made an agreement with them to work together and eliminate their mutual enemy the Getae, but then Ilithyia came to visit Glaber and made him feel bad about himself. So Glaber forced Spartacus’ people (who had joined the Roman military auxiliary) to follow him to a more prominent battle against a different Roman enemy. Spartacus refused and rebelled. The Getae burned down his village and killed everyone except for him and his wife. So Glaber came along, split them up, and sold Sura into slavery. He took Spartacus back to Capua to be executed in the arena. But Spartacus didn’t die in the arena. So now Spartacus has humiliated Glaber by rebelling and then by not dying.
But then every time they met afterwards, they just made it worse by saying provocative things to one another. Spartacus spends just as much time facing off against and glaring at Ilithyia as he does talking about how much he hates Glaber. (And he doesn’t know it, but it’s half her fault Glaber betrayed him anyway.)
Spartacus becomes famous in the arena, beloved by the people, which just angers Ilithyia even more. She buys her own gladiator and tries to show him off to her bitchy “friends” (the term is used in its loosest sense), but they only want to see Spartacus, who insults her in front of everyone and makes all of her “friends” bring up Glaber’s shame. So Ilithyia tells her gladiator to kill Spartacus. But he fails. (The show’s not named after him, after all.)
This pisses poor beleaguered Ilithyia off even more. Lucretia, who is angry at Ilithyia for trying to kill their cash cow, and for being out of control, and mostly for wanting to have sex with Crixus, decides to get revenge. She has convinced Ilithyia and her “friend” Licinia, secretly and independently, to give in to their savage lust and pay for the pleasure of a tumble with the gladiator of their choice. Licinia chooses Spartacus, and Ilithyia, much to Lucretia’s dismay, chooses Crixus.
But it’s to be done with masks – all very classy and anonymous. So Lucretia tricks them – and forces Spartacus (who thinks he’ll be “lying with” Licinia, and has been told to please her in every way possible, but to keep his mouth shut) to have sex with Ilithyia (who thinks she’s getting Crixus). Then Lucretia brings Licinia in to “catch” them and thoroughly embarrasses everyone.
But the guards pull him off and take him away.
Licinia is having a good laugh about it, which Ilithyia does not appreciate. So she – I’m laughing right now – she kills her! Beats her head against the marble floor.
Licinia isn’t just anybody, she’s the cousin of Marcus Crassus, the richest man in the whole republic. And if you’ve seen the old timey Spartacus with Kurt Douglas, then you probably know the name. Or also if you prefer academics to movies and, like, actually know the history. Whichever.
Well, Lucretia is a little disappointed her connection to Marcus Crassus is gone, but blackmailing Ilithyia yields more results anyway.
Ilithyia goes into shock, and I think she feels a little guilty and is scared of the consequences, but I think to call he remorseful would be wrong. This is not a woman who cares about other people.
Even with masks on you could tell they were REALLY SUPER IN TO IT. I mean, this is probably my favorite sex scene ever because it’s just so hot and beautiful. He’s been bronzed up, and she’s wearing some gossamer lingerie, and everything is just beautiful. And I remember the first time watching it, before we even knew it was Ilithyia instead of Licinia, I was amazed at what a gorgeous sex scene it was, and impressed with how…hmm how do I put it?…with how enthusiastic Spartacus was in the act. An act that had been ordered of him. And meanwhile, back in his cell, he’s turning down sex with Mira.
And then to find out it was Ilithyia…Oh man. I shipped them before that scene. Because they hated each other. Young and hot and hate each other (truly hate each other)? Ship it. Brother and sister? Ship it. The beginning of my rules. But after that scene? EXPLOSION.
I think half the reason – well, maybe 1/3 the reason (let’s not go crazy) – why Spartacus and Ilithyia are so horrified to realize what has happened, is because of how much they were enjoying it.
Do you see that? I mean, he’s already heard that it’s her, but he can’t quite believe it, and he can’t quite let go of her yet. His sex with Sura was so boring:
I chose a bad visual.
So, Ilithyia, once she recovers her full mental faculties, decides some revenge is order. She takes a look at the gladiators while they are practicing, and sees that Spartacus and Varro are good friends. Spartacus and Crixus are supposed to do an exposition game at Numerius’ birthday party. Ilithyia seduces Numerius, convinces him to request Varro in place of Crixus, and then to have Spartacus kill Varro when he wins.
You’ve got to hand it to her. I mean, Varro was my favorite thing about the show – not the only thing I liked, but the thing I liked the most. So the fact that she basically killed him was hard to get over. But, well, you also kind of have to clap.
It’s hard to imagine Spartacus getting over it, though, if he ever finds out.
Spartacus spends the next episode mourning, but he’s also got an infected wound and begins to hallucinate. And he sees a woman walking towards him in a mask and some gossamer lingerie, just like Ilithyia.
I mean, it’s EXACTLY the same – even the walking towards him, except it’s his dead wife Sura instead of Ilithyia. Hmmmm. Makes one think, does it not? It’s obviously supposed to be significant in some way. It’s true that Ilithyia was the first woman he had sex with – was with in any way – since his wife. But I think it’s more than that.Spartacus and the other slaves slaughter the house in the season finale during a party. Aurelia kills Numerius, which is very satisfying. I’m sure Spartacus would have happily killed Ilithyia – Aurelia would have too, if she had known – but Ilithyia makes it out of the house and shuts everyone inside. A nice clean sweeping death of her blackmailers, she thinks. But Lucretia lives.
So, in Fugitivus, we find out that Ilithyia is pregnant. It’s probably Glaber’s. But depending on how much time has passed, it could be Spartacus’. She wasn’t really showing, but some women don’t grow very big, and those back-then dresses aren’t exactly spandex. A few months had passed since the season finale, but I don’t know how much time passed between when they had sex and the season finale.
I mean it’s so soap-opera, but I just can’t love the idea any more than I already do: Ilithyia carrying around Sparty’s child, Glaber raising the son of his enemy. And if Ilithyia ever told Spartacus – whoa. That would be a crazy scene. Assuming she could get dialogue in without being murdered. Crixus may be able to murder his own child, but Spartacus is made of more sensitive stuff. Especially if the child had already been born.
Ilithyia is forced to go back to Batiatus and Lucretia’s house in the season premiere. You can imagine that she doesn’t like the reminder much. But then she sees a mask, and guess what? It’s the one Spartacus wore when they had sex. She kind of walks slowly over to it, and sits down, and picks it up.
Before spending a much longer amount of time on flashbacks of her and Spartacus having sex.
And…I really think it was supposed to be significant. More than just a friendly reminder of one of the events of the first season, but an important reminder that will be relevant. I think that woman has some desires she doesn’t like very much. She wants Spartacus. BAD. And again, there’s a substantial chance that this all has to do with her baby.
They glimpse each other in the market place at the end. He’s hiding in the crowd, and she sees him. She gapes for a minute, before panicking. Much longer than she should have. It’s delicious. It’s just all so delicious.
I can’t wait for more.
Mr. DeKnight: Please, don’t kill her.
(I don’t trust that man. He says that he studied under Joss Whedon, and any good television viewer knows that Joss Whedon was spit forth from hell to pulverize our hearts and send the dust back down to his master. However, like I brought up briefly in my first entry, Steven S. DeKnight wrote during Buffy’s sixth season aka Spike and Buffy’s hot and heavy era, and Spike=Ilithya, Buffy=Spartacus does not go far astray.)
I haven’t seen any trailers or read many interviews, but I did catch a snippet mentioning the fact that DeKnight has considered the possibility, and that Spartacus and Ilithyia will have some interesting scenes coming up. And Andy Whitfield said that there was supposed to be a spark between him and Ilithyia when they pull off the masks – they were told to act that out.
I just read that, like a few minutes ago. After I wrote this. It’s pretty exciting. (I’m not going to lie – there was some shrieking.)
OK STOP SKIPPING NOW.
Just to be clear: these characters are brand new. We’ve never seen them, we’ve never heard of them.
So, in the town of Capua, Spartacus and his ragged band of ex-slaves have been terrorizing and killing.
(For some reason his name got stuck in my head as Peppius, which just reminds me of Pippi Longstalking.)
And that’s all we know. We hang out with Sparty for a while, and then we cut to Capua’s upper crust viewing a gladiatorial fight. They’re bored because the fight sucks because all of the good gladiators are off, you know, looting and murdering their people.
A lot of Capua’s prominent citizens were killed in 1.13 Kill Them All (not all, however – whatever that title might lead you to believe).
But we’ve still got Mercato, who, I don’t know, does something, and then above him the new new magistrate Gallienus (a position similar to a mayor). (I wouldn’t recommend being a magistrate in Capua – it’s like being the teacher of Defense Against The Dark Arts.) I only mention them because they may be significant in later episodes.
So, an unknown young lady is with them (Hanna Mangan Lawrence), and not only is she sitting in the pulvinus (THE box seat at the arena), she’s in the front row, so she’s definitely of high social significance.
And I got pretty excited there. Finally, a brother! And she was young and pretty, he was young and in charge – I thought it all sounded pretty promising. And like I said, to expect incest from this show did not seem unreasonable.
Just like Octavian and Octavia from Rome! I already mentioned how siblings dressed to match is a kink of mine, but the matching names thing just as much. I mean, on one hand I can see how it makes it creepier, but I just like how it makes it seem like they belong together, and like they’re complementary – two sides of a coin. Paired, matched, bound.
Girl’s got lip. And a fun British accent. I have a feeling I’ll be saying her lines to myself for fun.
The magistrate did not know this piece of news. Clearly Seppia was with Seppius that morning – though whether they live together or not, I don’t know. I don’t know if they are married or not. I know very little. I would expect her to be married if she’s much older than 16. But she was next to the magistrate, not anyone who might be called her husband, and mentioning her husband’s absence would have been a great way to introduce the character if there was to be one. I suppose it’s possible she’s married to the magistrate, but I doubt it.
It’s only a minute later that Seppius himself arrives. The writers did not make me wait! I find out Seppia has a brother, I get excited about shipping them, and before I’ve even finished the thought I already get to see them interact.He apologizes that business delayed him, and takes a seat in the second row behind the magistrate.
Seppius darts a look at his sister.
If he knows that she’s the one who spilled the news, then we practically have confirmation that they were together earlier. Which, again, not necessarily significant. But I’m picturing them lying in bed together and some messenger bringing him the news and him getting angry and throwing pottery at the wall.
The look Seppius gives his sister is disapproving but not exactly angry. It would seem he knows his sister well and takes the good with the troublesome.
Her brother’s frustration amuses her.
Seppius assures the magistrate that it’s insignificant.
And Seppia adds that their beloved cousin Sextus will soon be avenged. He was the former new magistrate, killed by Spartacus in Kill Them All. I’m fairly sure that cousin doesn’t necessarily mean first cousin, because Seppius/Seppia and Sextus, and Licinia and Crassus are separated by a generation, I would guess.
Unattended in bed, she fails to finish. I’m sure you can tell from the GIF, but this is hardcore flirting. The way she says “unattended” – there’s something she does with her mouth and her tongue – the way she forms the word – and it’s easy to mimic but I wouldn’t know what to call it – anyway it’s pretty universally connotated with sexual advance. You don’t say a word like that to someone unless there’s something sexual between you or so much about to be that it’s actually reverberating back in time to that moment.
What I’m trying to say is that you don’t talk to your brother like that unless it’s incest. Just…that’s the way it is. This isn’t interpretation, this is fact.
I like her choice of words. Unattended is a good word for connotating a playful incestuous relationship – it implies a service rather different from just companionship, comfort, and love.
His tone matches hers. I don’t think I need to say anything else about it.
I can only assume the other people around them weren’t paying attention, because no brother and sister would flirt like that in front of others.
You should have seen the enormous smile on my face after this little 30 second exchange. Met them, shipped it, got canon – in two minutes flat. A record.
She seems an awful lot like another Ilithyia. That’s not a complaint – we all know I like Ilithyia.
The two of them have one more scene towards the end of the episode. Seppius is making an announcement in the market, trying to calm the anxious crowd. Her eyes keeping moving up and down him, like she’s evaluating his worth.
Seppia regards him with a slight smile on her face – I don’t know if she’s impressed with his oratorship or so unimpressed it’s amusing to her. It seems adequate to me.But he is interrupted by the arrival of Glaber from Rome with a small contingent to take down Spartacus.
Glaber shows off that Lucretia survived that slaughter at the house of Batiatus, which revives the mob.
She’s a viper. Obviously she’s not above saying hurtful things to him. Brothers and sisters traditionally taunt each other playfully, but this was fairly cruel if his reaction was anything to go by.
Glaber has quite won the crowd by the end of his speech, and Seppius rolls his eyes.
Glaber begins to exit.
“Preening little shit,” he remarks to her, though facing elsewhere.
I’m not sure what she means by “favor”. If she only means she likes Glaber, then the teasing had more to do with Seppius’ failure regarding Spartacus. But if she means “favor” as in she fancies him sexually, then she’s teasing Seppius’ to make him jealous. It could be both, it could be either. Glaber is married to Ilithyia, so even if Seppia was interested in him in that way, it could probably only go so far, and Seppius would know that. If Seppia isn’t married she’ll have a lot of reasons not to engage in a casual affair.
It’s hard to tell how she feels about her brother. I’d say he loves her more than she loves him, but only because she tended to be cruel. However, she was the one who initiated all of the exchanges between them. Her attention towards him was far more consistent than his towards her.
But it could be the case that she’s using him. She knows he wants her, so she uses that to her advantage. That’s her only power – she’s a woman. I don’t know what the situation is with Seppius the Elder, but if he’s dead or dying, it’s likely that Seppius will be the one telling Seppia where to live and then who to marry. She would want to have as much influence as possible.
I’d rather they were madly in love with each other, of course, but I’d never assume that.
I do think that, from appearances, it would seem that Seppia has a rather large amount of affection for him, whether it’s less than what he bears her, I couldn’t say. But even when she’s turned her head away from him she keeps her smile. And in that very last part when she teases him about Glaber and he pulls her out of the market, she seems extremely pleased that she has angered him. Like extremely pleased. But not at all surprised. The smile on her face as he drags her away is very friendly/playful.
The set up here is rather trope-ish – scheming / antagonist (or morally grey central characters) incestuous / questionably unincestuous brother/sister pair (often twins). Alfred and Alexia Ashford (Resident Evil – game), Jaime and Cersei (A Song of Ice and Fire). Who am I missing? Zuko and Azula sometimes (Avatar: The Last Airbender). Sharpay and Ryan (High School Musical). Nuada and Nuala…less so (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) Klaus and Rebekah (The Vampire Diaries)? Cesare and Lucrezia depending (The Borgias). Quentin and Kit (Nip/Tuck). Sebastian/Katherine (Cruel Intentions). None of these relationships are like the others, and yet you can see what I’m getting at…I hope.
There tends to be a bit more fidelity in these types of relationship, which is why I bring it up. I’m hoping Spartacus will stay true to that. While several characters have had sexual relations outside of their marriage – Ilithyia with Spartacus (heeee!), Lurezia with Crixus (which only started so that she could get pregnant), Aurelia (against her will) with Titus (whoa I remember his name), and Varro with that prostitute – their love remained first and foremost with their spouse. These weren’t the types of affairs that threaten a marriage. So, a good track record for twu wuv on this show. (Melitta with Gannicus is a notable exception, but she fought it, and only gave in because Gannicus was leaving.)
Can’t wait for Friday!
It’s hard to tell with these pictures. Sometimes I don’t even think the actors were there together. But however it was done, the message is clear enough.