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  • Theokoles is a Highlander-style Immortal.
  • Spartacus take place in the same universe as 300.
    • Theokoles is a descendant of Leonidas. In the motion comic, it's mentioned that Theokoles' Disappeared Dad was a Spartan.
  • Lucretia cannibalized the Ludus victims. How else did she survive that long in the Ludus post-Rebellion?
  • Glaber isn't the father of Illithya's child, Spartacus is. Remember the Bed Trick episode?
    • She obviously does. It does raise certain questions, though; Season one's timeline is hard to pin down but it seems that at the time Illithya arranged to fuck a gladiator, she hadn't seen Glaber in a bit and it wasn't until the season finale some time later that they saw each other again. If this turns out to be the case, how long before Glaber realizes the timeline in Illithya's pregnancy is off?
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    • Confirmed.
    • Entirely possible he would not have cared, any more than Batiatus would have about Lucretia's child really being Crixus'. By the late Republic era, the Roman upper class was suffering from a serious (and mysterious) fertility problem. For example, Julius Caesar had only one legitimate child, his daughter Julia, and several supposed illegitimate ones he never confirmed one way or the other. Polite pretense was the order of the day for many who wanted heirs but were having trouble producing them. That and adoption.
  • Ashur Saved Lucretia. He's the only other person we know survived. And uninjured too. He might have sewn her up after the gladiators left her for dead.
    • Confirmed.
  • Lucretia is Obfuscating Insanity.
    • Both of the above Wild Mass Guessing may have been confirmed by Episode two.
      • Ashur saving Lucretia is confirmed by episode 3. Also confirmed is that if nothing else, Lucretia is hamming up her act to manipulate Glaber. However, she also seems to at least partly buy into it, though she may just be keeping the act up around Ashur, as well.
      • Whether she was really insane in the beginning or not, by the end of Vengeance she is for real - and it is horrific!
  • When Seppia finds out Glaber killed Seppius, she will kill him.
    • Ashur's loot chest will be how she finds out; she'll see a familiar piece of jewelry in it or on Lucretia.
      • Yes, and no. Lucretia recognized the bracelet, showed it to Seppia, then urged her to kill Glaber while they were alone in the bath. It didn't work out the way Seppia would have hoped.
  • Someone else knows about Lycinia's murder. As it stands, everyone we know knew is dead. Someone else has to know so they can tell Crassus and give Crassus a personal stake in the fight.
    • Spartacus?
      • It wasn't made explicit as to whether or not he knew about Lycinia being killed. He was hauled out of the room before that happened, and Batiatus didn't mention it to him. That would also require him feeling petty enough to tell Crassus, and considering he passed up a golden opportunity to let Glaber know he fucked his wife, that doesn't seem in character. The only other person who might know is Naevia, who probably helped dispose of the body.
  • Naevia will be captured or killed at some point in season 3. Historically, after his victory over Glaber, Spartacus planned on leaving Italy for Gaulia, leading his army of freed slaves out of the reach of the Romans. This caused a divide, with Crixus choosing to stay in Italy to loot and plunder. Rape, Pillage, and Burn aren't exactly in character for the show's portrayal of Crixus, however. Desiring to free or avenge Naevia, however, would be.
    • As of episode three, he may have another motivation — revenge for what's already been done to her.
  • Caesar will be sent undercover among the slaves. His beard has been repeatedly mentioned as un-Roman, but Crassus wants him to keep it for some reason. What else but infiltration? He's just got back from time overseas — he probably knows how to pose as a non-Roman fairly convincingly.
    • Confirmed.
  • Kore is Tiberius' mother. Tertulla had her sleep with Marcus when she couldn't conceive at the time, and it was decided to pass the baby off as her own. It adds another layer to Marcus and Kore's affections for each other, and it explains why Tiberius - a spoiled brat who doesn't think much of slaves - is fond of her to the point where he wanted to avenge her when she told him how Caesar nearly raped her. And it explains Tertulla's implied preference over his younger brother and her...oddly indifferent reaction to Tiberius going to war. She kept asking Crassus to put the boy through training to be a Roman soldier, a position that's more glorious than being a philosopher, which is where he seems to be headed. She wants her natural son, who she sees as Crassus' rightful heir, to be every bit the soldier his father is, not the bastard child of her slave. And given the events of episode five, it's something that Starz would do, to have Tiberius' real parentage shown on the heels of him raping Kore.
    • Going off that, Crassus' fury over what Tiberius did will result in Tiberius being condemned "damnatio memoriae," which is why we have never heard of him.
      • Implied but not fully confirmed with Crassus crushing Tiberius' death mask.
    • And when Tiberius corners her in the villa, her first words to him are All the years I cared for you...did they mean nothing??

So, who will survive?
History and honour both demand that the story end with Spartacus's death, in battle or on the cross (they'll probably go with battle), but they'll probably want to avoid a complete downer ending. Somebody has to get away, somehow. I'm guessing Crixus and Naevia will die within minutes of one another, but Gannicus may yet survive — not least because Sibyl seems to have been introduced to give him the option of a peaceful ending. Which is a pity, because Saxa is awesome. Agron and Nasir may also make it out, assuming they can get over the pretty-boy pirate.
  • Confirmed for Agron and Nasir. Naevia is killed by Caesar and Gannicus is crucified.

The Rebels are going to win.
In a shocking swerve ending, it will turn out that the series takes place in an alternate universe- accounting for the various faults in historical accuracy.

Laeta is going to try and kill Spartacus in episode 8
The preview for episode eight has the two kissing, only for Spartacus to rebuff her saying that he could "never hold [her] to heart" because shes Roman. She replies that "Its not [his] heart I'm after tonight". Now, the obvious meaning for this is that she's after, ahem, another one of his organs. But the double meaning is that she's after his life, and will try to kill him in revenge for what his war has put her through, subverting the whole season's setting up her as his new love interest.
  • Jossed.

So...who gets to kill Tiberius?
The guy has apparently made it his mission in life to get on as many shit lists as possible. Let us count the possibilities, shall we?
  • Kore. This one should be obvious.
    • Confirmed.
  • Marcus. If he finds out the truth about the above.
  • Ceasar. Because...damn.
    • Kore ultimately kills him, but Caesar helped by delivering him to the rebels in the first place.
  • Spartacus. The man has a very good track record when it comes to vengeance.
  • Nasir. But don't count the rookie out just yet.

Laeta and Sybil are pregnant
With Spartacus' and Gannicus' children, respectively.
  • Apparently, the creators were going to make this explicit, but thought it would be a tad unbelievable or contrived. However, there are pictures floating about of Sibyl and Laeta standing together in one of the show's final scenes, and Sibyl, at least, seems to have her hands on her abdomen, perhaps hinting at pregnancy. It's also not impossible, seeing as both of them were having sexual relationships with Spartacus and Gannicus, respectively, before the final battle (Gannicus and Sibyl slept together the night before, no less). If either of them were pregnant, they most likely wouldn't be showing yet and may not even be aware of it, so it could be considered 'partially-canon'.

The whole thing is just another historical recreation by the Transhuman Olympian Gods from Illium
  • The whole Trojan War thing just turned into too much of a debacle, and Hephaestus decided that for their next entertainment they would aim a little lower (and pick a historical event that did not have so much active involvement from the gods themselves). So this time they setup the Third Servile War. As an added bonus, the war was less thoroughly documented and there was more room to play with the characters and their individual lives, rather than trying to keep the whole thing consistent with a piece of literature like The Iliad. They might have even used Mars as the location again, which would account for why Italy looks so uncharacteristically bleak.

Naevia was pregnant with Crixus's child
It doesn't really matter seeing as she is killed in the final battle, but her repeatedly looking at babies in the Rebel camp and her conversation about starting a family with Crixus could be interpreted as her already knowing she's pregnant and simply having not told Crixus yet. Then, during the final battle, after being stabbed by Caesar, she holds her stomach and seems to look down at it with a sad expression even though this wasn't where she was stabbed: possibly thinking of her unborn child?

Sura's prediction about the "red serpent" has a third meaning
Sura's vision about Spartacus "kneeling before a red serpent" is generally thought to refer to his first battle in the arena, and to the events of the series finale. But, what if it also refers to Spartacus's enslavement to the House of the Batiatus and, in particular, the threat Lucretia poses due to her hatred of him? Who does Spartacus get enslaved by? Batiatus and his wife Lucretia. What colour does Lucretia frequently wear? Red (be it dresses or wigs). What animal is Lucretia associated with? The snake (her father-in-law outright calls her a serpent, she has be known to use poison on her enemies, she 'drips poison' into the ears of those she manipulates and she also occasionally wears a bracelet with a snake on it).

The series takes place in Westworld
Westworld is just one of many parks run by the Delos corporation; one of the other established parks is Romanworld. Now, the go to show to be labeled as actually being Romanworld is, of course, Rome, but as Westworld demonstrates, major storylines and narratives are shifted all the time in the park, and there's no reason that Spartacus couldn't be a replacement narrative for Rome's storyline, acting as an action packed prequel or some such. It would explain, among other things, the various instances of The Other Darrin and the major changes to the historical account of the Third Servile War that are listed under the artistic license history entry on the main page.

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