To tell you guys the truth, watching this season was difficult. It wasn’t that I knew the characters would die (minus Nagron! :3). My discomfort comes mainly from the episodes where the rebels are in Sinuessa.
Season 2, we hear/see how the Romans treat their slaves. Crucifixion, rape, objectification. There’s sort of a clear line between who’s a Roman and who’s a rebel. Yet in Season 3, this line’s muddled.
Example: Rebels overtake Sinuessa. Most immediately take to torturing/dehumanizing Romans. Justified? Yes, in a way - they’ve been treated like that, so why not reciprocate?
Yet, there’s the “you’ve become what you’re fighting against.” Crixus and Naevia took pleasure in having two Romans fight, with swords, over food. Nemetes raped and tortured Fabia, even offering her to Caesar. How are they no different than the Romans?
And then my feelings get even more twisted. I couldn’t stomach watching Crixus and the others torture Roman citizens, but when Spartacus hosted the games with Roman soldiers, I was all for it. It could be that I’m emotionally invested in Nasir, who believes he’s lost Agron. It could be that Tiberius was among those doomed to die in the games. Or it could be that instead of Roman citizens, Spartacus and the rebels fought against Roman soldiers, men used to fighting with sword and shield.