‘Spartacus: War Of The Damned’ Behind The Scenes Video

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Before stars Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett join series creator Steven S. DeKnight at the Spartacus: War of the Damned panel during Comic-Con 2012, fans can check out a new behind the scenes featurette detailing the lengths the series will go to make its final season a memorable one.

No doubt the news that War of The Damned would see the series to its conclusion came as something of a surprise to many viewers who may have thought the triumph of Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his band of rebels over Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) would lead to a gradual build up of Spartacus’ army and the threat they pose to the Roman Empire.

That timeline has been shortened now, and according to Starz, the final season will see the rebellion is now more than a mere group of insurgents – it has become a full-fledged army of freed slaves, hell-bent on toppling the empire that would see them in chains.

As we saw in the first teaser for season 3, Spartacus was cutting a swath through some Roman soldiers, clad in some very fashionable armor and on horseback. A change of pace for someone normally clad in a loincloth and traveling on foot – therefore suggesting that some time will have passed between Spartacus: Vengeance and War of The Damned.

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By the time War of The Damned premieres, Spartacus and his “rat pack” – as McIntyre calls them – of Crixus (Manu Bennett), Gannicus (Dustin Clare) and Agron (Dan Feuerriegel) find themselves leading an army more than 30,000 strong. As such, the now infamous Battle of Vesuvius, which concluded Spartacus: Vengeance, has been followed up with a series of stunning victories against the Romans. The effect of these triumphs has catapulted Spartacus into legend and caused the Roman Empire to seek some means by which they can outmatch this increasingly formidable opponent.

That need brings to the forefront Gaius Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) and the man who will be facing Spartacus on the battlefield, Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells). With the final season bringing out the big guns in the form of Caesar and Crassus, it’s only fitting that it also feature more of the bold, visually dynamic action the series made its name on.

In the above featurette, the cinematographers seem to be making full use of the studios where Spartacus is filmed – taking advantage of the fact that not a single frame of the series has been shot outdoors, they can easily set up things like the rail camera, which offers a birds eye view of action. Like Paul Grinder says, the series is “throwing the kitchen sink at the season, in terms of visual styles.” With season 3 being the last time fans will get to see this version of Spartacus in action, it’s nice to know the series plans to go out with a bang.

Spartacus: War of The Damned will premiere on Starz in January 2013.

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  1. I just saw the first season of Spartacus, and I really enjoyed it. Despite the gratuitous sex and violence, the show featured good writing and good characters. I hope to catch up with the series and see it through to the end.

  2. I still can’t believe it’s the final season! Can someone please go and talk some damn sense into Starz. You’re meant to stop producing a tv series when it’s failing, not when it’s a roaring success and one of the best shows around.

    • Good luck with that one. Starz is stupid. They don’t treat their shows good. Giving them either 10-13 episodes for a season. A few even got 8 episodes a season. Deknight says he is ending the show while it’s on high. I think he got the short end of the stick. Starz pulled the show. After all, it’s Starz that pays for the production of the show.

      • It’s a shame really. This is the only series I watch on Starz. Now that this series is coming to an end I guess I won’t need Starz unless they come up with a similar series in this style. Anyone know of what Deknight’s next project will be? LOL

    • Thats the problem, its not a roaring success. When Andy Whitfield died, so did the heart and soul of the show. The ratings are dropping.

  3. Does anyone have a link for the video thats not on the starz website as I can’t view it in the UK. Cheers!

  4. I still cannot believe that this is going to be the last series. Totally gutted. This is probably my 3rd favourite tv show ever.

    • I agree. Ugh, why are my favorite shows coming to an end? Breaking Bad and now Spartacus? This is just sad. I get the show isn’t the same without Andy but Liam is doing an okay job, a lot better than I expected at least.

      • You are right, Liam isnt Andy, but he is Different, in a good way!! And Historical or not they could have made it last at least 1 more season beyond this easy! Especially leading a slow burn up to the finally where he faces off against Marcus Crassus!! This is easily my FAVORITE show on TV. Im seriously pissed that its the last season!! Hopefully they will make more then 13 episodes. Does anyone know what they plan on doing for episodes this season, how many?

        • Unfortunately the Final season is only 10 episodes like last season. The final season picks up 6 months after the events of the season 2 finale. You would’ve thought they would give the show that put Starz on the map a proper send off with at least 13 episodes ( like the 1st season) or give them a 2-4 hour send off movie mini series. But the producers complained that because of production costs and such…and other factors; it was time to end the series when it was on top.
          I find this ridiculous. You end a show when it’s doing bad in the ratings. Spartacus has been doing great. Steven Deknight; the shows creator, made an annoucement about the end of the show. If you watch the video; he gives his best poker face, and you can tell, he’s disappointed. He had stories for seasons 5 to a possible season 7.
          Then all of a sudden, the 3rd season is the last?! Starz pulled the show. I seriously doubt it was steven’s call, eventhough, he says he had a part in it.
          Steven has been working on a new show for starz I believe; but he says it won’t be historical like spartacus. Prehaps it will be a show set in modern times; whatever it is, he’s keeping it a secret.
          He did say however, they may be a spinoff of Spartacus sometime in the future. It will be set in that era, but probably won’t have anything to do with any of the characters from Spartacus. Will have to wait and see.

          • Looks like it was revealed today that Deknight is creating a sci-fi alien battle type of series while the other crew members are working on a 15th century Dracula series. Interesting. We will have to wait and see how it all works out. I think in the end Starz might end up regretting to have Spartacus canceled/end the series as the ratings might not be as good with these new series. I hope I’m wrong and the new series are awesome but truly Spartacus is the only reason why I got Starz.

            • @ JaredDAC. A 15th century dracula series….hmmmm….sounds cool. Another period piece. As for his sci–fi alien battle series….hmmmm…I’m all for it, since there’s no scifi on the air at this time. Need to put Star Trek back on the air !!! ( Unless you count TRON:UPRISING animated series from Disney XD. Great series with it’s use of 2D drawings and CGI animation. worth checking out if you’re a fan of TRON)

      • Youre right, Liam is doing ok. I was hoping for 5 seasons. I would have even settled for 4 seasons and the prequel. Im really going to miss this show!

  5. OMG, I LOVE Spartacus. This show rocks. The acting is superb. The accents from New Zeland, England, Australia, Lebannon, makes the show REAL. It’s so GOOD to listen too. Not to mention the hard bodies of the Men and Women who obviously work their bodies to the core to look so HOT every season. The story line is perfect. Spartacus is very additive. This show is the best ever to come on cable, dish or TV, PERIOD. It’s like watching NEW continuing episodes of 300 with (Gerard Butler). I can say enough GREAT things about this series. I hate to know this will be the last season. But like I read in the news, it’s better to leave when the series is still fresh, intresting and entertaining than to leave when it’s dried up from lack of story lines, heart pumping scenes, or just nothing else to get from it. I will miss it. I will have to check out the actors in future movies, shows, etc. Love Lucretia, Ilithia, Crixis, Gannicus, Omenaous, Spartacus, Ashner, Biatiatis, Glaber too. All of them. Man, please put all these actors and actresses in more shows and movies and make it like Spartacus. xxxxoooooo

  6. Im agree with all of you guys,i had watch lots of series and movies in my life but SPARTACUS is on top of the list, my fav show ever. I love the genre and the production is spectacular! storyline, acting and atmosphere stunning! In a week i had watch 2 seasons and pre sequel and now i am up to date with the current season finale. It is so addictive, so GOOD! i felt in love with the characters, feel for their pain ,and vibrate with their victories and breakthroughs. A serie to take you to a CATHARSIS !
    I will miss it but it is already in my library to be share and for sure to be watch again in years to come.
    Thanks to everyone involved in such a amazing production. I will follow this actors and artist behind the scene for future revelations. LOVE SPARTACUS, GANNICUS character my favorite. Thanks xxxxxxxx

  7. When was the season finale of War if the Damned

    • April 12th 2013 is the final episode

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