Liam McIntyre

Bloodshed and bare bodies will return to Starz in January.

The network announced Thursday that the second season of its hit sword-and-sandal series, Spartacus: Vengeance, will premiere Friday, Jan. 27 at 10/9c.

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It marks the debut of newcomer Liam McIntyre, who takes over the title role from Andy Whitfield, who initially stepped down after the first season wrapped to treat his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He died battling the disease in September.

Spartacus: Vengeance will pick up a few weeks after the House of Batiatus experienced a brutal massacre. Former slave Spartacus (McIntyre) and his fellow freed combatants will now live to create an army that will continue to free slaves throughout the country and overthrow the Roman Empire.

Joining McIntyre are Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Nick E. Tarabay, Katrina Law, Craig Parker and Viva Bianca. Cynthia Addai-Robinson replaces Lesley-Ann Brandt as body slave Naevia.

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Spartacus: Vengeance will air Fridays at 10/9c on Starz beginning Jan. 27.

Are you ready for Spartacus: Vengeance? Who are you looking forward to seeing the most? How does McIntyre look as Spartacus?