'Spartacus' marches toward final season in new poster

Back in June, Starz announced that the upcoming third season of Spartacus, subtitled War of the Damned, would be the swan song for the pay-cable network's flagship series. Today, a new poster was released to promote the upcoming season premiere.

Spartacus: War of the Damned

Premiering on January 25 at 9:00 PM, Spartacus: War of the Damned is poised to be an epic conclusion to the historically-based action-adventure drama. Starz's official synopsis of the new season states, "Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, and Spartacus more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic, the horde become a force that challenges even the mighty armies of Rome. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war."

After emerging as a breakout hit in its first season, subtitled Blood and Sand, Spartacus suffered a devastating loss when star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and tragically succumbed to the disease last year. A prequel series, called Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, was commissioned and broadcast on Starz in the meantime before the lead role was recast. With Liam McIntyre assuming the role, Spartacus: Vengeance premiered in 2012 and averaged six million viewers per episode.

When the announcement was made that Spartacus: War of the Damned would be the final outing for the series, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht had high praise for the groundbreaking show. "Spartacus is a landmark series for the network which has enthralled millions of viewers and fans around the world," he said. "We are in agreement with our partners in the decision to conclude the story after War of the Damned, as we believe it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the series and secure its legacy."

What do you think of the new poster?

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Written by: Chrononaut
Nov 28th, 2012, 5:03 pm

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Message Posted On Dec 1st, 2012, 2:18 am
You forgot a comma ("Get a life -->[,]<-- people!")

Message Posted On Nov 30th, 2012, 9:57 pm
LOL, these message boards crack me up. 1 idiot writes a stupid message and the next person takes it to heart as if it was a personal attack on them. Get a life people! SPARTACUS FOR PRESIDENT 2012 P.S. How's my grammar? lol

Message Posted On Nov 30th, 2012, 9:47 pm
Personally, I would have to agree that the show never lived up to it's 1st season starring the late and great Andy Whitfield (Is very hard to replace an actor who played his part to perfection). I would still give the show 8/10 overall. I'm glad they know it has one season left, so like the greatest show ever made (Breaking Bad), will get the chance to wrap up the story and have a real ending.

Message Posted On Nov 30th, 2012, 12:15 am
Whoa, that weird. *** Whoa, that was weird.

Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 8:54 am
A lot of us, I think. Crucially, the legacy has to do with the _historical event_ -as one of the foremost symbols of a courageous struggle against oppression. Simply stopping it, midstream, due to disappointment from the second actor protagonist, is madness. *** Also, although I am not that interested in discussing the rather immature tone of the comment directly below ("gay," really?), I will note that I found it -specifically, its prose and grammar (no capitalization, no period at the end of sentences, etc.)- not that easy to read. (It almost felt as the comment's author was writing to his or her self, rather than to other people.)

Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 6:12 am
who cares! season 3 and the new spartacus actor sucked! they should have ended after season 1 to protect the spartacus legacy there, or at least continue the show with no spartacus at all, maybe gannicus taking the lead role.. gone downhill like crazy! cant believe the last season averaged 6 million viewers! 6 million gays i bet

Message Posted On Nov 28th, 2012, 8:46 pm
It gives one hope that this may end up being the best season yet! (the absence of the incredible Andy Whitfield, RIP, notwithstanding.)
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