Taking place before, during and after the main events of that film, very loosely based on the battle of artemisium and the battle of salamis with considerable altering of historical facts. Not to say that sullivan stapelton was overshadowed but his role was more meticulous and thought out, very much like the queen in. Rise of an empire, filming the sex spartans, shooting in bulgaria, penny dreadful, and more facebook messenger click the button below and wait for a message from our facebook bot. I say companion piece, because the events of this film take place before, during and after the events of. Saga takes the action to the sea, where greek general themistokles battles invading persian forces led by xerxes and the naval commander artemisia.