He's finally got cred. In Season 1 of the Starz hit Spartacus, the titular hero rallied his fellow slaves and led a gut-splattering revolt against his oppressive master. By Season 2, this band of rebels had grown so strong that they brought down an entire coliseum full of Romans, leaving mass casualties and a mountain of rubble. Still, Spartacus was nothing more than a local problem, a mere blip on the government's radar. That changes wildly when the swords-and-skin series returns for its final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned.
"We jump ahead several months, to a point in the story where Spartacus is not just winning against the Roman Republic — he's winning big," says Liam McIntyre, who inherited the lead role originated by the late Andy Whitfield. "Spartacus now has an army of thousands — there are historical accounts that claim it was upward of 120,000 — and they have some of Rome's biggest military leaders on the run. There's no choice but to take him seriously now. It's time to call in the top guns."
That would be Marcus Crassus ...
Spartacus: War of the Damned may be the series' swan song, but first the characters will have a chance to sing a different tune — literally.
At the red carpet premiere for Spartacus, which kicks off Friday at 9/8c on Starz, executive producer Steven S. DeKnight promised that "My C--- Rages On," the fictional bawdy song popularized on the series, will be heard again. "We could not have a season without 'My C--- Rages On,'" he told TVGuide.com. "So listen for it. It'll pop up somewhere."
Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare
All men face the threat of death, but the Spartacus: Vengeance cast has faced it on a regular basis through their characters on the show.
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Going into the epic finale Friday (10/9c, Starz), we asked the actors to reflect on what it must have been like to be placed in Spartacus' sandals and had them weigh in on two very important subjects:
Dustin Clare, Spartacus: Vengeance
Gannicus! Gannicus! Gannicus! The original Champion of Capua returns to Spartacus: Vengeance on Friday (10/9c, Starz), and like the last time he entered that arena, many will die. But will they perish at his hand?
Liam McIntyre , Andy Whitfield
Liam McIntyre was working on the set of Spartacus the day that he learned that his predecessor Andy Whitfield had succumbed to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last fall. Whitfield first filled the title role of Starz's bloody gladiator drama.
"It's probably the saddest thing I ever had to be part of," McIntyre told critics Friday at the network's winter previews...
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.
Andy Whitfield may not have attended the Spartacus: Vengeance panel at Comic-Con on Friday, but his presence was still felt by fans and former castmates who missed his performance as the iconic slave on the first season of the Starz sword-and-sandal drama. The actor had dropped out of the series to battle non-Hodgkin lymphoma...
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
The finale of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is upon us, and it's been a brief but bloody six episodes.
The prequel's newest face, Dustin Clare, teases what to expect in the finale, including a fight scene that took eight days to shoot.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
Besides lots of bloodshed, Manu Bennett says there are no guarantees when it comes to Friday's Spartacus: Gods of the Arena finale (Starz, 10/9c).
"Nothing means anything," he tells TVGuide.com. "Episode 6 has a big turn of events that creates the unexpected. That's kind of the nature of our show. It's not always happy or what everybody wants or expects, but there's a lot in store that will change the dynamics again."
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
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