Starz's Spartacus To End With A "War Of The Damned"

Liam McIntyre as Spartacus

After leaving a trail of defeated Romans in his wake, it seems that Starz's Spartacus is nearly ready to hang up his sword. The network has announced the subtitle for the third season of the show, and it continues in the badass history of such titles as Blood and Sand, Vengeance, and the prequel season Gods Of The Arena. The new title is War Of The Damned, and it seems that this war will have a deciding result since Starz also announced that this third season will be the last for the popular historical action series.

Series creator Steven S. DeKnight had this to say about his intentions for the final season - "This season is bigger than anything we’ve attempted. The scope and scale is just amazing. We’re dealing with massive battles between thousands of people. We hope to leave people feel satisfied."

DeKnight also offered the following creative justification for choosing to end the series here - "Looking at the story in the history books, it’s wave after wave of Roman senators going after Spartacus who are defeated until [Roman general Marcus Crassus] comes in. There’s only so many battles you can put a spin on. So let’s pick out the most interesting moments in this struggle and lay out a clear narrative for Spartacus and his rebellion. I wanted to lay out a strong forward narrative with a strong antagonist."

It's actually kind of amazing the show has survived this long. The first season of the series started with modest viewership, but then quickly exploded into one of the most successful original series in Starz history. Ratings climbed every week, and it seemed that star Andy Whitfield would soon become the next big thing in Hollywood. Tragically, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) following season one, forcing season two to be put on hold.

Starz decided to tide fans over with a prequel series, which would obviously not require the embattled Whitfield to appear on camera. Treatment seemed to be working for Whitfield, but a recurrence of the illness took the actor's life at the all too young age of 39. Ending the series was considered, but the lead role was eventually recast with newcomer Liam McIntyre. Thankfully, the show maintained its popularity and still remains very highly rated for premium cable.

DeKnight had this to offer about the show's aforementioned rocky road - "This show has always been a challenge. We’ve faced some unique challenges and tragedies. I’m particularly thankful to Starz. Any other network, if the show’s lead actor had fallen ill and eventually passed away, they would have canceled the show. Starz felt like we owed it to the audience and to Andy to finish the tale."

War Of The Damned will bring with it a new villain in the form of Crassus, which DeKnight describes thusly - "Crassus is kind of like the Roman boogieman we’ve been talking about for the last three seasons. We meet him in episode one and you totally get that this is a guy who — maybe he can’t equal Spartacus in a one-on-one fight, but he’s just as shrewd and smart and dangerous as Spartacus."

Here's one more quote from creator DeKnight about the final season that seems to sum up his outlook - "I would much rather end a series with the audience wanting more than limping to the finish line, with only the die-hard fans sticking around for the wrap up. We want to make the 10 best episodes we can. I can’t wait for everybody to see it." That is certainly a commendable philosophy.

I'll leave you guys with the first trailer for the upcoming season:


- Steven S. DeKnight
- Spartacus: War of the Damned
- starz

Written by: msd85
Jun 7th, 2012, 2:06 am


Message Posted On Mar 22nd, 2013, 7:58 pm
This show sucked...the first series was not bad, but it got stupid's nothing but a wannabe "Rome/Hbo"...with mediocre writing and "300" cinematography....I'd rather HBO bring back Rome..

Message Posted On Mar 22nd, 2013, 7:50 pm
The storyline is complete bullshit...these rebels win every battle...withouteven a's ridiculous...and the woman fighters are so non-believable...the show is a least make it entertaining and somewhat believable....i can't see how they can make it seem that a power such as Rome who has been conquering most of Europe and the Mediterranean...can't even win one battle against what would seem to be mostly's silly!

Message Posted On Mar 22nd, 2013, 7:45 pm
complete ludicrous series...bring back HBO's Rome
Mariusbonne scypetu0

Message Posted On Mar 15th, 2013, 7:29 pm
The first couple of episodes were interesting...but these last two episodes are grossly unrealistic and not very interesting. I rather see the HBO series Rome come back....Much better series

Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2013, 3:12 am
Did Ray Stevenson(Titus Pullo)from(Rome)play on the newest episode of Spartacus War Of The Damned? Episode 3,, I am wanting to think that he played the (Pirate)? But I want to know forsure!?!

Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2012, 10:22 pm
I think Starz should keep the writers, and go down to a more street level approach. Just take the HBO ROME storyline and play off it. Single on a new actor a Legionnaire and follow the drama and such. Keep the budget low, so they can continue to make great episodes. Maybe even ask Ray Stevenson if he'd reprise his role as Titus Pullo. Since Kevin Mckidd is not gonna leave Greys Anatomy, whilst making the big bucks.

Message Posted On Jun 10th, 2012, 11:13 am
Yes. I would drop this absolutely great series to make room for maybe another reality show, cooking show or some other bullshit.

Message Posted On Jun 10th, 2012, 11:12 am
Yes. I would drop this absolutely great series to make room for maybe another reality show, cooking show or some other bullshit.
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