Gay Romance Heats Up ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’

By: Jase Peeples

If you haven’t seen a single episode of the sexy Starz original series Spartacus you’ve been missing one of the hottest shows on television.

Not only is the series overflowing with gratuitous man-candy, but the show’s fluid depiction of sexuality has hooked a legion of gay fans.

Gay characters have been a staple of the sword and sandals saga since the show’s earliest episodes and their inclusion is a creative choice the series creator and head writer, Steven S. DeKnight, fiercely defends. “One of the things, to this day, I’m still getting comments about is, ‘all the gay shit in my show’ and people asking me to tone it down,” says DeKnight. “I always say, ‘no.’ As far as I’m concerned it’s barely in there to start with and it was part and parcel of that world and it’s part and parcel of our world now, so I ignore that. If people want to stop watching the show because two guys kiss, well, I shrug my shoulders. That will always be in there.”

To the delight of many fans, the budding same-sex romance between Agron and Nasir is a welcome addition to the current season. “For me this has always been a romance. I love a good romance and all the relationships in the show,” DeKnight says. “There are many romantic plots being played out and I think ultimately that’s the heart of the series.”

It would appear that many fans agree as Agron and Nasir’s relationship is quickly reaching iconic status. Fan-made videos highlighting the softer moments between the sword-swinging lovers have begun to populate YouTube at an increasing rate. You can check out one of our favorites below along with a clip from a recent episode that made us smile.

Catch new episodes of 'Spartacus: Vengeance' Fridays at 10pm on Starz.

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