It’s been a wild ride for Starz, ‘Spartacus.’ The blood lusting historical portrayal of ancient Roman society created by Steven S. Desknight has gone through so much over the last three years, that it’s hard to believe they ever got it on the air at all.
It took Steven S. Desknight years to get the show on the air and once it got on the air and completed its first fine season, the shows lead, Spartacus himself, Andy Whitfeld was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. This delayed the production of season two. While waiting for Whitfield’s treatment and expected recovery, the network produced a six-part prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, with only a brief uncredited voiceover from the actor. Although declared cancer-free only two months later, he suffered a recurrence of the disease later in the year and was ultimately compelled to abandon the role. He would die shortly there after on September 11th, 2011. It was a sad moment in television history.
In steps Liam Mclntyre to do the impossible: Replace a charismatic leading man who was fit for the part, months after he tragically passed away. Production on the second season of Spartacus resumed in the fall of 2011 and as expected, it was strange and lacking. Though Liam did his best, he wasn’t Andy Whitfield.
I think everyone could see that this past season was more fragmented than the first season and not as good. I think the actors involved could see the same thing and I think the creator Steven S. DeKnight would agree. So, they have all decided that the upcoming third season of Starz’s flagship series Spartacus will be its last. The pay cable network also has set the title for the upcoming final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned. It will premiere in January 2013. “It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I,” series creator/executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said. “Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus’ journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who’s been along for the ride.”
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