'Spartacus: Vengeance': Steven DeKnight explains the shocking finale

Lucy-Lawless-crazy-Lucretia.jpgWe got a chance to chat with "Spartacus: Vengeance" creator Steven DeKnight about what has to be one of the most shocking season finales in TV history. There are serious spoilers coming, so if you haven't watched it yet, avert your eyes. DeKnight tells us about the deaths, incest and who was safe until the very last moment.

Half of the cast is off to Hades after the finale. It was a blood bath! "I think I've taken the Joss Whedon school of death and destruction to a new level," DeKnight laughs. "We really did kind of clean house. To me it's all part and parcel of what does the story need and where is the story going.

DeKnight talks about killing off Lucretia ( Lucy Lawless). "When I was first approached to bring her back, I was adamant that she die with Batiatus ( John Hannah) to wrap up that story line. Then the next morning I had a thought about bringing her back and making her mad Ophelia. And her whole plan was to cut that baby out of Ilythia (Viva Bianca) and take it over the cliff to Batiatus. In Season One and in the prequel, she's completely wrapped around the idea of giving her husband a child. It's such a big part of her story."

"Game of Thrones" has a lot of incest, and DeKnight tells us that this changed his approach to the Seppia ( Hanna Mangan Lawrence) and Seppius ( Tom Hobbs). As it is in the show now, it's implied that something was going on between Seppia and Seppius. It's implied that he's in love with her and not the other way around. Originally, that was going to be a bigger part of the storyline, but then I caught wind of that being a vital piece in "Game of Thrones" and I didn't want to be perceived as copying that, and I also didn't want to step on it, even though it was completely separated. I didn't want that perception to water down either one of the shows."

If you weren't sure, Ilythia and Lucretia are really, truly dead. "There was a lot of talk in the eleventh hour about bringing Ilythia back or bringing Lucretia back," DeKnight says. "I got some very funny phone calls about pitches to bring Lucretia back. What if she took the baby and ended up in Rome in Crassus' house? My question was, 'Why the hell would Crassus want Lucretia?' They also asked if she could bring the baby to the rebel camp. The only problem is, Crixus ( Manu Bennett) or Naevia ( Cynthia Addai-Robinson) would murder her on sight."

The first death of the night happened in the first five minutes. Poor Mira ( Katrina Law). "You know, the interesting thing about Mira is that, when we started this season, man did I get hate mail over that relationship," he says. "They hated Mira. They said, 'What happened to Spartacus and how he would never love another woman?' My response to that was that I think it was pretty clear in those early episodes that he cares about her, but he does not love her at all. Towards the end of the season everybody loved Mira. I got comments like 'Why is Spartacus being such an a******? Doesn't he see that he's got the perfect woman right in front of him?'"

But why kill her off? DeKnight explains, "That was another character we had a lot of debate about. That one wasn't so cut and dry going into the season. Our original plan was to possibly have a relationship between her and Gannicus ( Dustin Clare) next season, but we thought that might be too seedy. He was with Oenamaus' ( Peter Mensah) wife already.  -- All the way up until we wrote the finale, she was going to live, and as we were discussing what was coming next season, we veered towards killing her at the beginning of the episode."

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