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Why Spartacus Is More Groundbreaking And Hardcore Than Game Of Thrones

Updated December 8, 2019 16.0k votes 2.2k voters 135.0k views13 items

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Game of Thrones is lone of the most beloved prestige shows in recent television history. It has amazing characters, wild plot twists, and astounding production values. But what if there was another show that did everything GoT does, but better? Well, it exists, and it’s called Spartacus. The Starz take on the story of the Thracian gladiator had several permutations - Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Vengeance, and Spartacus: War of the Damned. In every version, it dialed the things you love about Game of Thrones up to 11.

Relish action? Spartacus has it in such abundance it’ll make your head spin. Love adult pleasure? Spartacus has more than almost any show on TV. Obsessed with diverse casts of characters of various backgrounds and sexual orientations? Spartacus has that, too. When you combine all that with sharp writing and true attitude, you have yourself a binge-worthy show.

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    It's A Work Of Historical Fiction

    It's A Work Of Historical Fiction
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    You could say Game of Thrones is loosely based on the War of the Roses, which saw the Lancasters and the House of York at each other’s throats. Spartacus, however, follows the real people who rebelled against Rome. The characters' fates are (for the most part) the same as their real-life counterparts, which makes for some riveting TV.

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    The Gore Is More Intense Than 'Game of Thrones'

    The Gore Is More Intense Than 'Game of Thrones'
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    Game of Thrones is an incredibly gory show. People get decapitated, disemboweled, and burned alive by dragons. But Spartacus focuses on gladiatorial combat during the golden age of the Roman Empire. Not only do characters have entire conversations about how to decapitate someone, viewers see people get their faces sliced off, crucified, beaten to a pulp and the list goes on.

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    Gannicus's Confidence Makes For A Stellar Character

    Gannicus's Confidence Makes For A Stellar Character
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    Spartacus's creator, Steven S. DeKnight, described Gannicus as "Han Solo meets Achilles." The ultimate cocky hero, Gannicus may be the best fighter on the show without even trying. He’s always quick with a one-liner, a swig of wine, or a smirk that’ll bring any woman into his bed. The guy is a rock star, and he doesn’t let anyone forget it.

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    Men And Women Show Off Their Bodies Equally

    Men And Women Show Off Their Bodies Equally
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    Like plenty of prestige shows, Game of Thrones often shows more unclothed women than men. Spartacus, on the other hand, isn’t afraid to flaunt bare male bodies. In fact, there’s an episode about the huge size of a gladiator’s member. At times, this show objectifies the men even more than the women.

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