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.
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?