A distraught Spartacus has to find new meaning after his world is changed by the death of his wife and finds it in the arena. In the absence of Barca, Pietros struggles without a protector in the ludus and the attentions of Gnaeus. Meanwhile, Varro is visited by his wife and receives unwelcome news that crushes his hopes. Spartacus faces the truth about those left behind when they leave through speaking with Pietros. After a tragedy occurs when Pietros hangs himself, Spartacus faces off with Gnaeus and earns Batiatus’s displeasure. Also, Doctore seeks the truth behind Barca’s sudden departure from the ludus.