‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ Trailer Sets The Stage For Epic Series Finale

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If the trailer for Spartacus: War of the Damned is any indication, then Starz’ sword-swinging series is about to go out on a rousing, skull-cracking high-note, as the third (not counting a prequel miniseries) and final season prepares to cause a ruckus with 10 all new episodes set to premiere in late January.

Taking creator and executive producer Stephen S. DeKnight’s words to heart, War of the Damned clearly wants to be “the biggest, most insanely epic season we’ve ever had.” The trailer does a great job of illustrating the larger scope of the season, and its ramifications for Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his band of merry gladiators: Crixus (Manu Bennett), Gannicus (Dustin Clare) and Agron (Dan Feuerriegel). At any rate, with nothing left to lose, DeKnight and his crew certainly don’t appear to be holding anything back, as the action has shifted from the gladiatorial arenas of Blood & Sand, to the guerrilla tactics of Vengeance, and now we see the rebels have amassed a force large enough to engage in a full on war with the Roman army.

Perhaps looking at the series as a single story arc better explains why Starz felt this would be the best time to end Spartacus – on what would essentially be it’s third act. Certainly, each season appears to be raising the bar in terms of the scale of its storytelling, and the events of Vengeance do serve to set up the climactic (albeit compressed) end to a rather epic tale.

Cynthia Addai Robinson Manu Bennett Liam McIntyre Dustin Clare in Spartacus War of the Damned Spartacus: War of the Damned Trailer Sets The Stage For Epic Series Finale

Starz sums up the final season with this synopsis:

War of the Damned 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.

While Rome has always stood as the collective “villain” of the series, one of the most remarkable things DeKnight and his writers have managed to do in previous seasons is craft a compelling storyline around the actual men and women who represent Rome, often making them as interesting and fully realized as the heroes. Last season, Craig Parker’s Claudius Glaber had the unenviable task of trying to fill the void left behind by John Hannah’s Batiatus, and with the help of memorable turns from Lucy Lawless and Viva Bianca, the character of Glaber and his many personal and professional problems became a gripping addition to Spartacus’ quest for vengeance (hence the title of season 2). Now, in War of the Damned, DeKnight and his heroes are facing off against Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) and a young Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance), who look to be a pair of welcome late additions to the pantheon of rich villainy on Spartacus.

Needless to say, many – including series executive producer Stephen S. DeKnight – were taken a little off guard by the network’s announcement that War of the Damned would be the final season for the increasingly well-regarded series and flagship title in the Starz line-up of original programming. And while there are rumors of a Julius Caesar spin-off series, and DeKnight is currently working on a sci-fi program for the network titled Incursion, it’ll be sad to see the series go. But judging from this trailer alone, the series has no plans to go quietly.

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

Source: EW

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  1. i cannot wait!! still kinda sad that season 3 is the last =(

  2. One of the best shows on TV. I’m sad to see it go as well!

  3. I love this show… wish Andy Whitfield was still around. the final season looks to be awesome and intense. And might i add i’m loving how badass Navia has become.

  4. Looks like everyone wants a piece of Gannicus now ;)

    • after watching that sex scene of his in gods of the arena who can blame them.

  5. It my favorite show! gosh I not want they end just season 3, really

  6. Other than breaking bad, I think this show is the best written series on tv. I can not wait to see this last and epic season.

  7. I agree with everyone it sucks this is the last season. This is even better than Game of Thrones but I think that’s due to watching Spartacus first. Can’t wait for Jan 25th.

    • @Kyle…both Spartacus and games of Thrones are totally different shows…with spartacus a historical depiction and Games of thrones…steeped in Fantasy. I found Games to be more compelling of the two, and the characters are wholey 3 dimensional, wereas, Spartacus has a savage, NC-17; cartoonish feel to it. Still my favorite out of the two. I hope they will make a Spinoff from Spartacus.

      • They’re making a Caesar spinoff, though after last episode’s “surprise-from-behind” I’m not sure how that’s gonna turn out.

  8. best show of all time wish didnt have to end

  9. This preview sent bloody goosebumps up my bloody spine. Bloody good! :b

  10. OMFG!!!!! Can’t wait for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. They should be commended on ending the show on a high and not churning every last dollar out for seasons to come.. Also it loosely follows the real Spartacus and he is defeated when Rome actually confronts him with a full army.. So not really sure how long they could have dragged it out for

  12. It’s sad that this series is coming to an end. I think when it’s all said and done this will end up being the best series Starz has ever had. I love the pacing of the show and it seems like every episode gets better. With shows like GOT, Boardwalk Empire, and Mad Men it sometimes drags. Breaking Bad and Spartacus has that perfect balance that soo many shows lack lately which is why these 2 are the best shows on TV right now.

  13. I hope there will be a lot of Gannicus.

  14. THIS IS SPARTAAAA…….CUS!!!!

  15. Truly my favorite series on television ( Eventhough they ripped off the movie 300 artistic design ) I was one of the many that was shocked that Starz would end their most lucrative and flagship show. Seriously, it may not be everyones favorite tea, but Spartacus is awesome and the characters…damn…you never knew who was going to die since they killed off major characters. hell…they offed 6 of them in vengence’s finale.
    I seriously thought the series would go to a 4th season…anything beyond that would’ve been streching it. Everyone knows Spartacus and his rebels loose to the romans. That’s history…how they plan to do away with Sparatcus is beyond me…since historysays his body was never found.
    Definately will be sad to see this series go.

  16. Damn, seeing this makes me wish I was 18 (or at least, my parents were less strict).

  17. Haven’t finished watching the second season yet because I just can’t get into Liam McIntyre as Spartacus. I really liked Andy Whitefield. I know it’s not McIntyre’s fault; he seems to be a good enough actor, but he’s just not Spartacus. Losing Andy was probably why the show is closing after the third season. That and the fact that you can only kill so many Romans before the show becomes tedious. Just hope that since the show is ending, they’ll go out with the historical ending of Spartacus’s slave rebellion. Anything else will be just sad.

    • Spartacus is one of the best (if not the best) I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there will be better ones than this when it comes to lining up a series of brutal episodes. I love this because it has everything in it and is very hard to predict what is coming and what is not… Petty that War of the damned will be the last but I also think that it’s better that Starz make this end without letting this be a stretcher

  18. Loved it.

  19. Loved all the seasons I looked forward to Friday nights, really sad Starz decided to end it.

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