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Lucy Lawless, Greenpeace Eco-Warrior of the Arctic (2-3.12)

No longer (if she in fact ever did) ‘belonging to the 90′s, Lucy Lawless as ‘Lucretia’ of Spartacus on STARZ sadly is no more. But sudden culmination of the role of ‘Lucretia’ on Spartacus: Vengeance happened within weeks of Lawless’ equality newsworthy (as in real news) role as a Greenpeace ‘eco-warrior.’

 

Raw Video: Actress Arrested in Oil-ship Protest:

http://www.lucylawless.info/eco-warrior/2012/arcticprotest/index.html

On the second-season finale of Starz’s “Spartacus: Vengeance,” several key characters died, including Mira, Ashur, Glaber and Oenomaus.

I saw Mira‘s (Katrina Law) death as a given as soon as Spartacus broke up with her.

For audience wish-fulfillment and the logic of the story, Ashur (Nick Tarabay) had to go, too. It served the purpose of moving Naevia‘s story to some kind of resolution, too. Important as a goodly chunk of screentime was given over to telling her story.

 

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"Lucretia' & 'Ashur' - Spartacus: Vengeance (STARZ))

I started watching because of Lucy and I stayed because of her and some really great co-starring characters like Ilithyia played by Viva Bianca (dead: “Vengeance”) & Jaimie Murray (dead, Gods of the Arena -prequel) and especially spouse ‘Batiatus’ John Hanna (dead, end of Season 1) were pretty much always awesome.
Oneomaus (Peter Mensah) gone, Lucretia, Illithyia and Ashur (Nick Tarabay)–the fun is gone for me.

“But none might have been as surprising as Lucretia.

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Lucretia drops off a cliff with Ilithyia newborn "unwrapped' and in her arms

Played by original cast member Lucy Lawless, Lucretia took a suicidal header off a cliff while holding (Illithia &) Spartacus’ newborn son.

While viewers at home might have been shocked, one person wasn’t: Lawless, who knew going into the season that her character was fated to perish.

She is, after all, married to series executive producer Rob Tapert.

“There are very few upsides to being married to a producer, let me tell you, but knowing where your character is going is one of them,” Lawless told the Herald earlier this week in a telephone call from Auckland, New Zealand.’

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Lucy Lawless as 'Lucretia' and Nick Tarabay as 'Ashur'i n Spartacus: Vengeance.

“I had to know. Everything I had played all season had to lead to this.”

The second episode, in which she sacrificed a goat and believed a prophecy that she would be delivering a child to her dead husband, set in motion all her subsequent actions.

As for taking Ilithyia’s (Viva Bianca) baby, Lucretia “felt like it was her baby — she engineered it (she brought Spartacus and Ilithyia together in season one). Ilithyia was the incubator for the child, and when she delivered it, she was done with her.”

Lawless defends her character:

“She started out as a very relatable human being. She didn’t want to throw those nasty parties, but her husband wanted them and she wanted to please him. It was a slow transmogrification, but she was corrupted, absolutely, and her husband’s death was such a loss for Lucretia.”

Lawless plans to return to the States soon for some meetings to figure out her next project.

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Lucy Lawless as 'Xena: Warrior Princess'

“I’m just so grateful to have had the opportunity here. It really helped bring me back. People can write you off after a show like ‘Xena (Warrior Princess),’ saying, ‘She belongs to the ’90s.’ This really got me out there, and I’ve grown so much and I’m extremely grateful for this platform role.”

But has “Spartacus” made a mistake in sending Lucretia to her doom? How juicy could the story be with Lucretia off raising Spartacus’ son in Rome?

“It would be funny if, after all that work, Lucretia’s gown caught on a tree and she was left screaming four feet off the ground, so furious it hadn’t worked,” Lawless said, then laughing.

SOURCE: BOSTON Herald

 LUCY LAWLESS TWEETS!:

RealLucyLawless  Ramon, honey. Do you Understand how she got her hands on that poor wee baby?

RealLucyLawless Don’t worry @Spartacus fans. Those writers will dream up more twisted characters with fruity flightpaths.

Top of the Lake Mini-Series Update
(April 4, 2012)

IMDb has been updated with more information about the Jane Campion (The Piano) mini-series Top of the Lake. From what is posted, it’s apparent that Lucy Lawless will be in one episode of a seven-part series.

The series is due to be released in 2013.

‘Top Of The Lake is an original drama at its finest, bringing to screen ‘a unique landscape in remote, mountainous New Zealand in a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find.

A twelve-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and she won’t say who the father is, insisting it was ‘no one’. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin, the investigating detective, will find this the case that tests her to her limits. In the search for Tui she will first have to find herself.

Directed by Jane Campion, and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. It is a multi-part serial for BBC Two and will film in 2012.’

Read More: TOP OF THE LAKE NEWS (AUSXIP LUCY LAWLESS NEWS & MULTIMEDIA)

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Lucy Lawless breaks out the ‘Xena’ battle cry during protest VIDEO:

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I daresay that Lawless lost none of her killer instinct moving from ‘Xena’ to ‘Lucretia’  –   Lucy Lawless as Lucretia with only 2 more murders to commit before going over the cliff!

We love Lucy Lawless as Lucretia in “Spartacus: Vengeance” with all of our hearts, but that is hardly news. We’ve loved her since her epic run in “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Gosh, we miss that show. We spoke to Lawless back at the Winter Press Tour and mentioned how much people would love to see a movie version of the show. She told us that she was happy moving forward and expected that they’d cast someone like Megan Fox now. (No!) She also said that she loved playing that role.

Well, during a protest over an oil tanker in New Zealand, Lawless strapped herself to the top of the ship and broke out the Xena battle cry, according to TMZ. Lawless has been tweeting her stance, saying, “I’m on one of the oldest drill rigs on the planet and it’s heading to the Arctic. Tell Shell to stop #savetheartic http://greenpeace.org/savethearctic” and “Oil Scientists say they do not have the technology to clean up an oilspill in the Arctic. #savethearctic”

Hear Lucy in action below. As she told the site, “We know we’re going to be arrested … but … this is a moral decision for us.” Lucy Lawless, Warrior Princess!

LUCY LAWLESS and SPARTACUS: Vengeance – Best Kills of Epi 10 – Creator On Mind-Blowing Season 2 Finale – #spartacus

 Lucy Lawless talks about the demise of Lucretia:

 

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Lucy Lawless as "Lucretia' In Spartacus: Blood & Sand' (season 1). Lucretia was killed off in STARZ's Spartacus: Vengeance in the season 2 finale. (STARZ)

HuffPo/Maureen Ryan: When did you know that Lucretia would die at the end of the season?
Lucy Lawless: I knew before we began filming [Season] 2 that Lucretia was going to meet her end, and how. That knowledge was vital to the way I played everything. It explains why she puts up with certain things, like Ashur’s repeated rapes. She had to feel that anything that happened to her, no matter how degrading, must be borne in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled.

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Ashur/Naevia GIF credit:

“I made that decision before season 1 was done shooting. I bumped into [Ashur actor] Nick Tarabay at the grocery store and I was like, ‘Oh I got a great ending for your character.’ There’s a lot of speculation on the Internet about who is going to kill Ashur. It came down to who is the most grievously injured by Ashur and that’s Naevia.”
Steven S. DeKnight


Q: Did you think her death made sense within the context of the overall Spartacus story?
Lawless: The Spartacus storyline was moving away from Capua, so I guess if they were going to remain true to Spartacus’ journey, then it made sense to offer up Lucretia and Illythia’s lives, in the richest, nastiest tradition of the show.

HuffPo:
Q: Did you resist the idea of Lucretia being killed off? Did you lobby the producers to change their minds?

Lawless: “No, I know better.’

‘I was hoping Lucretia’s long gown would catch on a branch on the way down and there she’d be like Wyle E. Coyote, dangling from a twig with babe in arms and throwing a huge tanty (tantrum) that her plan to go to the afterworld had failed.

Imagine the storyline to follow: Lucretia raising young Sparty. Now THERE’s a show!”

Q: Was Lucretia faking her friendship with Ilythia, or was any of that real?
Lawless: I’ll leave that for the audience to decide. But

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Lucy Lawless played Lucretia as 'losing her spirit' after the death of Batiatus (John Hannah) in the slave revolt bloodbath in the season 1 finale. (STARZ)

….basically, the death of Batiatus was a spiritual death for Lucretia. – Lucy Lawless on Lucretia’s  ‘state-of-mind’ following season 1′s memorable finale.

Q: What was it like to say goodbye to that character? Was it harder or easier than saying farewell to characters you’ve played in the past?
Lawless: I’m sad over this one. Still, she was originally slated to die at the end of Season 1, so she’d already had one stay of execution. I am so grateful to all the writers for allowing me a role of such scope and depth. I is [sic] one lucky actress.

 

Huffington Post’s Maureen Ryan is a “Spartacus: Vengeance” critic and fan. She had a fun exchange with a number of people vitally connected with the show. Above and below  are a few of the more memorable bits of the email exchange.

Steven DeKnight: Gannicus, Crixus, Agron, Nasir and Naevia — and the actors that portray them — are all returning next season. Joining them will be Saxa, Lugo, Nemetes and Donar [all of whom joined the show in Season 2]. I can’t guarantee they will all make it to until the end of the season, but at least they’ll be alive at the beginning!

Photo credit: STARZ

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Liam McIntyre as "Spartacus' (STARZ)

Q: Is the show done with Capua for good? Are you taking the Spartacus escaped-slave show on the road to Rome?

DeKnight: We have indeed turned our backs on Capua for good. We will not be revisiting the city, Batiatus’ ludus, or the destroyed area. Instead Spartacus’…group will take their war across the lands of the Republic, offering up stunning new vistas and impossible situations. I’ve seen some of the early designs and one major set already being built, and they are truly a feast for the eyes. If “Vengeance” expanded the Spartacus world, this next season completely blows it up.

Q: Is Ilythia dead, or will she be back next season?
Steven DeKnight: Ilithyia is definitely 100 percent gone to grass. Her story was intimately tied to Lucretia’s. It seemed only fitting their story should end together.

Read More: ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Finale Review – Maureen Ryan/HuffPo

Previously:

According to a Starz press release: “Gaius Julius Caesar is a handsome young rogue from an esteemed lineage. His deadly intelligence and skill with a sword will be brought to bear against the rebellion. And Caesar will begin his ascent towards the all-powerful ruler he will one day become. Marcus Licinius Crassus is the richest man in the Roman Republic. Envied and despised by the highborn among the Senate, he craves the power and respect that defeating Spartacus and his rebel army would bring.”

Steven DeKnight Interview #2 In re: Season 2 transition to season 3:
TVLINE | What are some of the new characters you’re planning to introduce to fill the void left by all of these departures?

A: Crassus [played by Luke Pegler] is the main one. And a young Julius Caesar will be joining Crassus’ campaign. Crassus has a son that will also be on the campaign with them. There will be a couple of Romans who will pop up. There will be three new female characters that will be coming around. And one or two other people from history will make an appearance, but I can’t really say who. And one of the reasons for the high body count at the end of this season was… we needed to make a little room to bring new characters in. We couldn’t carry everybody.

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Liam McIntyre as Spatacus survived season 2. Katrina Law as 'Mira' did not. (STARZ)

Q: Those actresses coming in have some big shoes to fill.
A: They are going to be completely different types of characters. I’m not going to try to reproduce what Viva and Lucy were. There was a lot of concern going into this season about losing John Hannah and [we debated whether to] try to recreate another John Hannah-esque character on the show, and my feeling was if we even attempt to do that the audience would know what we were doing and would probably not have a good reaction to it. Here is Battiatus-lite! And I feel the same way about Lucretia and Ilithyia. These new female characters will be completely different and won’t have that same dynamic. But hopefully they will be engaging.

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VIva Biance " Ilithyia (STARZ)

 

DeKnight defends the high death toll, reveals which fallen character(s) he briefly considered resurrecting, and offers TVLine a preview of Season 3:

Spartacus: Vengeance wrapped its 10-episode season Friday with a breathtakingly action-packed and staggeringly lethal episode. When the sand dust settled, at least six major characters — including Lucy Lawless’ Lucretia! — were left for dead. Even in this day and age, where casualty-prone shows like The Walking Dead, True Blood and Game of Thrones are de rigueur, the body count was astonishing.

“One of the things that I love about working with Starz versus a normal network is we never would’ve been able to kill off so many major, important characters on a normal network — whether the story required it or not,” enthuses Sparty‘s boss, Steven S. DeKnight. “They may have let me kill off one. But I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have let me kill off six.”

Aside from Lawless’ Lucretia, the list of the dearly departed includes Nick Tarabay’s Ashur, Craig Parker’s Glaber, Katrina Law’s Mira, Peter Mensah’s Oenomaus and, despite a somewhat ambiguous “death” scene, Viva Bianca’s Ilithyia.

EDIT: I disagree. Only an idiot would think Ilithyia is ‘passed out.’ Her eyes open and her massive blood loss/ghost while pallor equal a dead Ilithyia. There was no one coming to save her. And really, did anyone think they would open season 3 with Ilithyia surviving. For what purpose?

Lucretia only survived because Ashur, for reasons never fully explained, stitched her up when he came out of hiding from the Spartacus-led slave revolt at the end of season 1. Lucretia was  extremely lucky (she might disagree). Ilithyia will be having no such luck.

Unfortunately, I watched the show for Lucy Lawless. No Lucy equals no interesting female character. Viva Bianca as Ilithyia was awesome, too. Dead now, too. I knew Mira was a goner when Sparty and she broke up, but still. Three main/co-starting women killed off in one episode? Too much.

Oenomaus went too soon IMO, too but I’m looking forward to Peter Mensah on True Blood as a member of the powerful “Vampire Authority’ in Season 5 beginning in June.

Read more at: TVLine:

 

After the JUMP – Best Kills in Spartacus season 2 finale: PHOTOS

SOURCE: TV.com

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Manu Bennett as 'Crixus' in Spartacus: Vengeance (STARZ)

EpISODE 10 Scene Clip “Die Among Brothers”
Spartacus: Vengeance Episode 10 SEASON FINALE “Wrath Of The Gods” on Friday, March 30 on STARZ.


Spartacus Vengeance – Episode 10 Preview (Season Finale) – ‘Wrath of the Gods’ VIDEO:

SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Episode 210 – Wrath of the Gods SYNOPSIS:

Dwindling supplies and a superior Roman enemy brings the rebellion to its knees. Spartacus must restore hope to his people, as they careen towards their final confrontation with Glaber’s army. (STARZ)

Preview of Episode 10 “Wrath Of The Gods” Screencaps
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I’m kind of amazed at how little promotional material is available for the season finale of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE. It follows last week’s having NO preview whatsoever for episode 9 (at the conclusion of episode 8). It’s seems really counter-intuitive. One would think that STARZ would want to build a full head of steam going into the final couple of episodes of SPARTACUS season 2 but no, not yet, and it follows a pattern of being sluggish getting promo photos and such out to the point where I find myself putting together sneak peeks at the last minute or in the case of last episode missing one entirely. And STARZ, you are fooling no one when you ‘back-date’ the video promos. I subscribe to your official video feed and check every day and then all of a sudden you put them out and they are dated three days prior. Really?!? Since I haven’t followed the ratings I’m just guessing, but since I haven’t heard about a season 3 Spartacus this far into season 2 I have to wonder if this season is the last of it.

With all the gladiator roaring and slashing, the fact is this story, which is an adaption of real events in history, doesn’t have a positive outcome. I can’t imagine finishing a series on such a depressing note so perhaps after a prequel (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena) and 2 seasons (Spartacus: Blood & Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance) that this season will conclude the Spartacus series on STARZ.

I also have to express my disappointment at was was done with Lucy Lawless‘s character, ‘Lucretia.’ Lucretia’s best moments came at the very beginning of the season when she was discovered among the blood and filth of what had been the “House of Batiatus.” She’s been in a one-down position ever since including being raped repeatedly by Ashur and frankly, it just strikes a dissonant note. It wasn’t fun to watch. As cool as the gladiators are, I was more invested in the characters prior to the ‘Kill Them All’ slave rebellion’s beginnings. So perhaps if this show is being cancelled it’s for the better for Lawless fans unless, finally, she’s rises like a phoenix at the conclusion of the season 2 finale.

UPDATE: Production of Spartacus season three begins in April 2012 with debut set for January 2013.

Update #2 Spartacus: Vengeance – Episode 2.10 – Wraths Of The Gods – Promotional Photos
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