It’s a bittersweet time to be a fan of Spartacus. The hit Starz series is inching ever closer to its epic season 3 – subtitled War of the Damned – and while the season will mark the series’ swan song, it is sure to pack plenty of action and memorable showdowns, even if there are undoubtedly more stories to tell in the world that the series has created.

During this final season, Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) will lead the slave rebellion against the forces of the Roman army, including Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) and young Gaius Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance). We’ve already seen some behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming season, which will premiere early next year.

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first glimpse of the new poster for War of the Damned. Check it out it below:

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It’s remarkable how far a fierce expression and blood-dripping weapon can go in making McIntyre come across as a menacing force of  nature. Couple that with the army of battle-crying warriors behind him and the dramatic skyline, and this poster gives fans a strong idea of the intense conflict they can expect in this last season of Spartacus. However, if recent talk is any indication, the final moments of War of the Damned may not truly be the end.

According to Deadline, executive producer Robert Tapert is considering a spin-off centered on Julius Caesar.  As mentioned, that character will play a major role in this upcoming final season of Spartacus, and the conclusion of that series could easily set the stage for a show revolving around Caesar’s rise to power in Rome. Given the fact that Caesar is a recognizable (and highly marketable) historical figure, it would be easy for Starz to rein in additional interest in a spin-off series, in addition to retaining loyal Spartacus viewers.

Of course, any prospective spin-off would likely depend on how the character is received during his appearances on Spartacus. The character’s rise to power from Roman general to eventual dictator would likely capitalize on the political intrigue of the time and follow the civil war that arose from Caesar’s refusal to surrender his military command. If Lasance and, more importantly, Caesar himself manage to strike a chord with Spartacus viewers, expect Starz to get this one going sooner rather than later.

Would you be interested in a spin-off centering on Caesar? Are you looking forward to the final season of Spartacus? Let us know in the comments.

Spartacus: War of the Damned premieres January 25th, 2013 @9pm on Starz.

Source: EW, Deadline