VIP productions is auctioning off an outfit that belonged to one of the best villains Spartacus (and possible television in general) has had during its three year run – Ilithyia. As the series continued the blonde haired beauty, played by Viva Bianca, began to show different layers to her personality and her presence stirred the pot inside the House of Batiatus, causing all kinds of trouble. In honor of this auction, here is the top 10 Ilithyia moments from her run on Spartacus.
10. The Red Serpent: ‘Come home’
The moment she bounced on screen with nothing but fur to cover herself with, we knew this woman was going to be trouble. Her second scene of the series has her convincing her husband, Glaber, to give up his position of defending some random area so that he could impress her father. The only problem with that idea is that Glaber had made a promise to the Thracians that he wouldn’t do exactly that. One man in particular to offense to the oath being broken: Spartacus. This little visit of hers set in motion a rebellion that would bring misery on everyone, including her.
9. Empty Hands: ‘That is how you sate desire, or love, or vengeance – without hesitation’
In the second season, audiences saw a more mature woman than in Blood and Sand. By this time she had done unspeakable things and knew who she was dealing with when it came to Lucretia. So it came as no surprise that during a party she threw to help her husband gain favor, she had no qualms about killing a captured rebel. After her nemesis, Seppia, had cowered from making the fatal blow to the tortured man, Ilithyia calmly walked up, took the sword from the girl’s hand and stuck it in the man’s chest as though she were poking a cake with a toothpick to see if it was done. It showed how far gone the old naive Ilithyia was and what had taken her place.
8. Legends: ‘Make him do it again’
By the third episode we had gotten know Ilithyia – or so we thought. She was spoiled, a little rebellious, and knew she was entitled to act any way she wanted. But when she joined Lucretia during a showing of the gladiators at the house, audiences saw another side. She watched Varro, a happily married gladiator and friend of Spartacus, be forced to bang a random slave girl for the eyes of Romans. Clearly enjoying the view and not wanting the experience to end she demanded he start up again literally a second after he finished. It was an insightful moment as we not only see how deep her lusty attractions go but just how much she glorified gladiators.
7. Mark of the Brotherhood: ‘You will soon learn that women of note have a rabid taste for the embarrassment of their friends’
In one of the best episodes of the series, Ilithyia utters this line that both predicts what is about to happen in the next episode and why she decided to bring her friends to the ludus – to show off her purchase of a gladiator in training. When Spartacus is demanded to be brought up to face Licinia and the other prominent women, he calls her husband out on his deeds. Licinia falls even more in lust with the gladiator and brings out the cattiness in the room. Ilithyia is incensed and demands that if Sparty were her slave, she would have him crucified. Ironically, it is because of this embarrassment that she plans to have Spartacus killed by using her own newly acquired gladiator. But things go sour and what do you know, her slave is crucified. She always gets her wish.
6. Libertus: ‘You are not worthy of an heir’
Perhaps the best episode of the second season, Ilithyia tries to get her marriage dissolved due to her husband’s failure in…well, everything really. At this point, only she is aware of who the true father of her unborn child is: Spartacus. She has yet to tell her husband that she is also going to marry another, more suitable man right after the games they are fixing to attend. It is a compelling scene as husband and wife realize how much they have drifted apart and the love they once held is gone. Ilithyia held her composure and effortlessly tells him that she no longer loves him. To get married again she must abort her child, which brings us to the argument that occurs. It was a tough scene to act as it must come across mature and delicate. Viva Bianca owned the moment and we finally catch a glimpse of the loneliness behind Ilithyia’s walls.
5. Empty Hands: ‘Do not think me the fool as my husband and father’
Lucretia’s return was a horrifying time to Ilithyia for more than a few reasons but nothing compared to the moment when she knew her former enemy had Glaber wrapped around her should-be-dead finger. It seemed that the only one who was even remotely suspicious of Lucretia was her and no amount of talking or killing goats would persuade her otherwise. Ilithyia’s intellect is sharper than anyone imagined, much less Lucretia. Ilithyia proves that she is now the HBIC in this episode as she makes sure Lucretia gets what she’s owed for past behavior.
4. Monsters: ‘We are both monsters, Gaius. Let us be so together’
This episode showed just how far Ilithyia would go in order to preserve herself. She had escaped from Spartacus, been cast aside in favor of Seppia, and is going to give birth to her husband’s mortal enemy’s son. Not a great time for her. When Seppia becomes a victim to the scheming ways of both Ilithyia and and Lucretia, the young girl doesn’t stand a chance. She attacks Glaber and Ilithyia springs into action just in time to save her husband. She viciously slices the throat of the raven haired girl from ear to ear, cementing her place once again as Glaber’s loyal wife. He falls for the manipulation and Ilithyia tells him that since they are both monsters, they should seek destruction of their enemies together – Batiatus and Lucretia 2.0 if you will. Together, they would be unstoppable. Then comes the infamous sex scene as they both rediscover each others blood covered bodies with Seppia’s dead one floating in the bathing pool right next to them. Monsters indeed.
3. Whore: ‘Stop laughing!’
Listen to her, Licinia! The laughter did cease but only because the mouth it was coming from got bashed in thanks to Ilithyia. ‘Whore’ is one of the most important episodes of the series as it becomes Ilithyia’s turning point. As she pointed out earlier, women of note go to great lengths to embarrass their friends and Lucretia desperately wants to be one of those women. She cooks up a plan and it comes crashing to a screeching halt when Licinia, who is the cousin to Marcus Crassus and the woman Batiatus & Co. need to impress most, is escorted to her naughty rendezvous with Spartacus only to see that he is in…well, Iliythia. Since both Spartacus and her are wearing masks to preserve identities, they can’t tell that each is not the person they were promised: Sparty was supposed to be paired up with Licinia; Ilithyia was supposed to go to Crixus. But due to Lucretia’s ambition to move up the social ladder (as well as teaching Ilithyia not lust after her man), she switches them out and solidifies that Ilithyia will always be under her thumb lest it be revealed that she slept with Spartacus. One tiny problem though: Ilithyia has a temper. She feels like a trapped animal between Lucretia’s scheming and Licinia’s gloating. When she decides she’s had enough, she attacks the wealthy socialite and bashes her head against the floor. Way to go, Lucretia.
2. Wrath of the Gods: ‘Please’
In the Vengeance finale, DeKnight left very few main characters alive and gave us a goodbye to the ludus that we will never forget. Ilithyia finally gives birth ahead of schedule but to her dismay, it is when she is still living at the cursed house of Batiatus. With only slaves and Lucretia, she desperately tries to keep her cool as chaos breaks out. Just as she suspected all along, Lucretia was mayor of Crazytown and the only reason she wanted Ilithyia safe and sound was because of the baby that she was denied. Not one single baby had been born in that house when Quintus Batiatus took over and the one that was supposed to be died before it even became a zygote thanks to Crixus. Ilithyia had no intention of following that tradition but like everyone in this series, she was forever tied to the house. During her emotional roller coaster ride in the second season, she had truly grown to love the baby – maybe it was because it belonged to Spartacus rather than her husband (that’s probably just a certain fan’s wishful thinking). Regardless of why, the little boy she carried was the only thing she became concerned about. So when Lucretia ripped her stomach open to get it out, Ilithyia’s motherly instinct kicked in and she crawled from inside the ludus to the edge of the cliff, leaving behind a hell of a lot of blood. The moment was silent as music blared through the scene thanks to it being intercut with the battle of Vesuvius. The only thing you hear is Ilithyia plead for Lucretia to not do whatever it was she had planned. It’s the only time we see Ilithyia truly beg for something. Mind=blown. Viewers were more than surprised to remember how much they hated this character only to be rooting for her and Sparty Jr in the end. Ilithyia’s color was drained as she used every ounce of strength she had left to stand and she was forced to watch as the only thing she loved died – kind of like how Spartacus felt when his wife died. Speaking of, that baby totally had Andy-Spartacus eyes, not Liam-Spartacus. Just an fyi.
1. Kill Them All: ‘Seal the f***ing doors’
Has there ever been such a satisfying episode like ‘Kill Them All’? No. No there hasn’t. Everyone got their just desserts in this brilliantly written finale, including Numerius. Aurelia gets to stab him, Crixus stabs Lucretia, Sparty does a killer spin and splits Batiatus’ throat open (man, they sure love throat slitting), and Ashur almost dies. It’s glorious. What about Ilithyia? Well, she is the one who survives because she did the smart thing and got the hell out there while everyone stands around and screams in horror. She did that at first but then Lucretia for some reason scolds her for not getting her guards. Ilithyia gives a little wicked smile and you can just see wheels turning in her mind. If she can get out and keep everyone else in literally every problem she had will be eradicated. So that’s what she does. Manipulation and cattiness doesn’t pay with gold, girls! Just with a sword in the belly. A brisk walk and a command to her guards, she locks everyone, including her friends, inside with the rightfully bitter gladiators and slaves. (Not too sure where she got the definition of ‘friend’ from but it wasn’t Webster’s.) She looks back briefly and sees her friends calling out to her but she shows she gives exactly zero f***s as she smirks and the door slams shut. That line made her a pure badass and with it, comes her number one moment.
Oh, just some advice: never watch this episode and especially that scene where Aurelia releases her inner hulk and stabs Numerius to death in a place where someone can see. Say…an airplane. Because you’ll get funny looks.
Gratitude to Viva Bianca who gave viewers a complicated and fascinating character to talk about for years to come.
The ‘Eve’ of the Spartacus world
Ilithyia indirectly wreaks havoc when she persuades her husband to break his oath to the Thracians. This sets in motion events of the series.
Just shrug it off
Taking a life ain’t no thing but a chicken wing to Ilithyia. She carelessly stabs a man in the chest to show everyone that she is a force to be reckoned with.
She isn’t watching the Disney channel
Ilithyia shows off her lusty side in ‘Legends’ and we see that she has a certain fondness for gladiators and the way they do certain things. This proves to be a fatal combination for her later on.
Not cool, ladies. Not cool.
For once, Ilithyia was the embarrassed party after a private audience with Spartacus. Feeling inferior is new to her and she does not like it.
Baby daddy drama
Despite what could have been a dramatic scene, Ilithyia keeps her cool and gently tells her husband why she no longer loves the failing commander. Unbeknownst to him, she really means that he has no heir at all: Spartacus is the father of the child.
Only fools believe Lucretia wasn’t cray cray
Ilithyia keeps a close eye on her frenemy, Lucretia and reveals that all the lessons she learned staying in that house have made her wiser.
Murder: bringing couples together since ancient times
Ilithyia and Glaber (played by Craig Parker) were meant to be together in the worst way possible. With her manipulating charms and his callous ambition, they would have been unstoppable.
Oops! My bad.
This is one mistake Lucretia will end up regretting. Ilithyia takes a dark turn when her steamy scene with Spartacus is interrupted by Licinia, who is reveling in Ilithyia’s shame.
I just had a baby dangnabit! Wait up!
Selflessness was not a term Ilithyia knew well until she grew to love her baby. To try and save the newborn, she crawls through the house and dirt to help Sparty Jr. only to watch him fall off a cliff with Lucretia.
Like a boss.
If there was ever a time to be grateful for being quick footed, it was in ‘Kill Them All’. But Ilithyia had no intention of letting any of her so called friends survive the slaughter coming their way.