‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ Season 2 Announced

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While speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht announced that contrary to reports that the show would end due to the loss of lead Andy Whitfield, the network will be producing a second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

As was previously reported, Whitfield was forced to exit the gladiator series to obtain further treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, despite earlier reports the star was free of the disease he was diagnosed with early last year. Now that it is confirmed Whitfield will not return, a new lead actor will be announced in the weeks to come, as production is slated to begin this April in New Zealand.

According to Albrecht, “We’re very confident about where we are in the casting process of finding a lead actor to step into Spartacus’ sandals, though we’ll never be able to replace Andy Whitfield.” While no definitive front-runner has been announced, in November it was reported that Aiden Turner, Liam McIntyre and Stephen Amell were amongst the favorites for the role. Albrecht continued by saying, “It will be fair to say the person will not be a household name, but he will potentially have a pre-existing fan base.”

Expected to begin airing early 2012, the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand exposes Spartacus and his fellow gladiators to new environments and characters. According to producer Rob Tapert, this means fans will see a potentially different take on the character for the actor chosen to take over the role. “‘The season two story no longer takes place in the ludus. It’s a different world and different set of shoes to fill,” says Tapert.

While Whitfield’s diagnosis delayed production of the second season, it did lead to a prequel. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, a six-episode series set five years before the events of the first season, begins January 21 on Starz.

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The question now becomes how will the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand fair amongst the cast change, a lengthy delay and increased competition? Programs like Camelot, also on Starz, and HBO‘s Game of Thrones will almost certainly piqué viewers’ interest with similar thematic elements, while having nearly a year longer to build their respective fan base. No doubt these concerns played a large role in the creation of this month’s prequel mini-series.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is slated to returnin in early 2012, on Starz

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  1. While I like the story of Spartacus (that this series took extremely lightly) I found the excess blood and gore disgusting. The sex scenes are way over the top, no need to have so much sex, and so much cursing next time I watch The Mummy I’ll expect Hanna to scream at any moment “Jupiter’s c*ck!” But if we cut the sex scenes, I think the series would be reduced to half its lenght. And, obvisouly, there was the need to insert homosexuals since no self-respecting movie nowadays can exist without them… One of the scenes I found extremely funny was the gladiators fighting for a piece of papirus (something VERY expensive then, hence the use of wax tablets Lucrecia is once shown using) trying to figure who was going to fight with whom. The problem is, very few people knew how to read/write Latin. I wish there was less sex, cursing and blood and more story.

    • I disagree, I love everything about Spartucus, all the sex and fighting is what is wa like back then, and I think changing that will ruin sparticus.

      • The thing is back in that era, there was nothing but sex, sex, sex and violence on the slaves. The Romans were known for their shenanigans. I LOVE the series and will miss Andy as Spartacus. RIP Andy – you will not be forgotten.

  2. Andy is a great actor and I hope he gets better, I really do!!!!!!!

    Maybe he will play Spartacus in Season 3…

    Greets from Germany by a Russian born in Kazachstan :-)

  3. NO ANDY NO SECOND SEASON in my opinion, some things are worth waiting for and andy whitfield has made the character more than his own, and I am sure fans of the show will agree. that new guy has a wierd shaped head and looks like a total tool, not a believable spartacus at all, how are fans meant to accept that. dont do what FOX done to X-men (RUIN IT for all those who are lucky enough not to have seen that crud!!!) Stars, seriously, do the smart thing and wait for the true spartacus to recover and return to the role and let the strange head kid go back to IT or moonshining or whatever it is his hill billy lookin self was doin before his name cropped up. Get well soon Andy, there truly is only one Andy Spartacus Whitfield.

    • im sorry but yes andy whitfield is a good actor and played the role good but how can u be single minded and think that another actor can not play the part just as good if people are worried because the new actor looks funny then they have to remember that they look funny too but they still were accepted by society and possibly even found love despite their funny looks

      • sorry but i agree somethings are worth waiting for with out Andy i do not think i could continue to watch.. we viewed his life change from own man to slave to champion (kill his best friend)back to his own man with purpose to stop what he had endored. if he isnt in it then the only way i could continue is that crisoux take lead in a massacre to find his love and rue the day he kills the roman d*ckhead and dedicate his death to spartacus (to find out the roman acted in the murder of spartacus’s wife by his sword alone setup by dominuos)brotherhood love it..

        • rip spartacus… hope crisoux is up to challenge..

  4. No! It won’t be the same without Andy Whitfield! They should wait for him to recover, then do season two. Damn it.

  5. Andy Whitfield died today, my thoughts are with him and his family.

  6. So sad to hear about Andy, what a loss just as he was ready for the big time, he will be sorely missed. My condolences and thoughts to his family.

    Regarding the series, i can’t wait for it to come back on the screen, although won’t be the same without Andy but it is a great series and really reflects how i imagined ancient Rome to be. Not sure about the replacement for Andy though, just don’t cut it for me…perhaps he will grow on me, who knows.

  7. R.I.P. Andy Whitfield

  8. I loved the 1st season! i couldn’t get enough of it!! I watched it twice and now Andy has gone it’s really gunna suck! You cant replace all the talent he had. He fit into his character like bread with butter! RIP Andy you was amazing :'(

  9. i waiting next season .. :)

  10. Hey Andy. you will b sorely missed. I cannot imagine anyone else as spartacus other than u. may u R.I.P. still I will b waiting to watch the second season of blood and sand.

  11. i was saddened by the loss of andy whitfield and give my condolences to his family. don’t mean to be the negative one here but this will change the vibe completely but i am still a huge fan of the show. axious to see how season 2 will play out!

  12. I started watching the second season, got through half of the episode and turned it off. I couldnt get passed the skinny little man that replaced Andy!! BUT!!! I loved that show soo much I gave it another chance and yes it did grow on me and the new guy does a great job.. After 5 episodes and its sad to say I forgot what Andy Looked like.. I suggest u all give it a try before giving up its worth it.

  13. i waiting next epesode

  14. vou sentir a falta de Andy na serie, ele intrepetava muito bem ,as suas caras e maneira de ser encaixava no papel . Mas mesmo assim acho que deviam dar uma ipotese ao novo spartacus pois ele não e pior nem melhor e só diferente.

  15. i love spartacus movie, thaks for it.

  16. OMG!!! I only finished watching Sparacus Blood and Sand two days ago, as soon as it finished i was gutted and hoped for another series. I cant believe what has happened to Andy, he was amazing! I dont believe anyone else could of played him as well, he made Spartacus his own, how can anyone else play him, it would be like J.R Ewing being played by another actor. So sad, R.I.P Andy.

  17. there can be no spartacus without andy, its just cant, RIP andy you died way to young and you will be missed

  18. I don’t like the season 2 spartacus actor, he sounds like batman, constantly grunting his voice

  19. The first season was beautiful, just like playing a video game. The story was awesome and the scenes were perfect. I’ve been truly saddened to find out that Andy Whitfield passed away due to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was a great actor and I believe no other actor could do a better job than him. He will be missed. I think they could’ve done a better job trying to find a replacement for him. His replacement is not suited for the job, but still, I won’t miss an episode.
    Marcio from Brazil.

  20. im sorry but spartacus is really dumb and revolting,and if if you look into history books ,the roman’s were bad’but not quite that bad . they did have some slight moral code they followed