i think the announcement is about the cast flying to New Zealand to start preparing for Season 3. Maybe, i don’t know. I wasn’t really listening to whatever he’s saying. I was busy staring at his face.
Still, it’s all starting to feel a bit affected on the part of the show’s creators. If sexuality is so “integral” to the canvas that is the show (why else do we need to go back to the whorehouse each week?) then why have we not seen Agron and Nasir in flagrante delicto? Think of it—we’ve seen every other couple exchange intimacies on numerous occasions (either in this season or in previous seasons). There is something incredibly fundamental about the heterosexual intimacy of these pairings that is being continually presented to the viewer. Their moments of sexual physicality speak to the interconnectedness of the characters. Even the constant scenes in the whorehouse are (usually) designed to demonstrate bonds—think of Gannicus and his favorite working girl—and these bonds are being continually denied Agron, Nasir, and, by extension, us.
On this show sexuality is about revealing one’s true self to others—even if one’s true self is manipulative (like Lucretia and Albinius) or violent (Lucretia and Ashur.) It’s not pretty, but Ashur’s scenes with Lucretia have told us more about his character and his character’s motivations than any other scenes in the previous two seasons of the show. On Spartacus, sex reveals the person within—it’s intimacy that is physical, emotional, and psychological. And while it’s thrilling—seriously—to keep witnessing the excited, playful giddiness of Agron and Nasir as they romp and kiss, I feel as though we’re being deliberately denied a key aspect of their development. When Agron said to Crixus a few episodes back that he now understood why Crixus wanted to go to the mines to rescue Naevia, it was a beautiful sentiment. But it left me asking, in all sincerity, “Why?” Since we haven’t seen that kind of real intimacy between the two characters, part of their development as a couple—and as characters to the audience—remains sorely lacking.
In the end, when it comes to media, representation is important. Representation is everything. And, in the end…we’re not being represented. Not quite equally—and, maybe sadly, we’re used to that. But, after a while, the old lesson dawns on us yet again: separate really is not equal.