Oh Steven DeKnight, you are killing me softly this morning! I just received a press release from the Starz Network announcing the upcoming season of Spartacus will be their final season………….
“The fans have been tremendously supportive of our show,” says creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight. “We did not come to this decision lightly. It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I. 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.”
I am in total agreement that many shows fare much better by not stretching it across so many seasons that it ruins the quality of the show. The British have it right, they tell their story then they conclude; sometimes surprising fans with a Christmas special so we may revisit our favorite characters. (though Spartacus is not the type of show that would be able to do this properly because of the storyline)
But with Spartacus, I felt like there was so much story to tell! But DeKnight has not let me down as of yet so I will trust his vision for the show.
*takes a deep breath*
The press release gave us a bit of insight into the final season:
“Spartacus: War of the Damned,” currently in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.
“Spartacus: War of the Damned” sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.
“War of the Damned” is scheduled to air January 2013.
Are you as sad as me that this will be the final installment??