‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ Premiere Date Announced

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liam mcintyre Spartacus: War of the Damned Premiere Date Announced

The end is nigh for the hit Starz series Spartacus, as season 3 draws near. The show – based on the historical figure who led a slave rebellion against the Roman Empire – earned record ratings when it premiered on the network in 2010, but has since faced numerous challenges to stay in production. Most notably, its original star Andy Whitfield became diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and left the show to seek treatment following production of its first season. He passed away in 2011.

During its second season, Spartacus persisted with Liam McIntyre in the lead role, but alas, Starz announced a few months ago that its upcoming third season would be its last. When word of the series’ impending conclusion broke, series creator Stephen S. DeKnight maintained that ending the show on a high note – with, as he said, “The biggest season [they've] ever attempted” – was ultimately the right decision.

However, Spartacus fans don’t have too long to wait to witness the show’s sure-to-be-epic conclusion. Starz has confirmed that the show’s final season, dubbed Spartacus: War of the Damned, will premiere on January 25th.

 Spartacus: War of the Damned Premiere Date Announced

The final season picks up after the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and follows Spartacus as he attempts to build on his existing slave rebellion. During the course of the season, Spartacus will be forced to face Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).

While the series may be ending prematurely, it sounds as though Spartacus fans have much to look forward to in the coming months. Perhaps wrapping the show up while it still has a rabid fanbase will ensure that the resulting season keeps the quality of Spartacus on par with previous seasons. After all, many series end up creatively drained and hollow by the end of their runs, petering off the airwaves instead of leaving fans wanting more.

Do you think Starz made the right call in ending Spartacus? How should the series conclude? Sound off in the comments section.

As previously stated, Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere on Starz on January 25, 2013 at 9pm.

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  1. Spartacus is, to me, the superior epic series for the sole fact that it’s an original series, not based on a book (GoT i’m looking at you)and that gives it freedom to exploit the strengths of it’s genre without worrying for straying too far from any source material. (Spoiler?) They basically just have to kill the dude at the end and maybe show the people embracing him as an icon of awe.

    Also, boobs, superior boobs.

    I’m happy they’re going for a great finale if only a little sad for the boobage that never is going to be.

  2. DeKnight maintained that ending the show on a high note – with, as he said, “The biggest season [they've] ever attempted” – was ultimately the right decision.

  3. No, they should continue with other challenges that sparatacus had

    • yes it should not be ended so quickely

  4. I think it was a forced decision,as they had plans for at least 5 seasons..and i think,and feel cheated that we do not get those !

    I like Spartacus and its a great show,sad to see it go out so early before its time ! At least they could have given us an extended last season !

    How many eps will it have ? Same I guess ! To small to short !:(

  5. This is for me the best series ever made.
    I think it’s falls short though.
    1 pre-season and 3 complete seasons are not enough, I would expect at least 4.
    DeKnight said he had material for 6 or 7, so I feel a little disapointed but anxious for the final one.

  6. I think endind such an epic show after only three seasons is a mistake. Think of all the battles that they could’ve done, instead they’re gonna have to compress one of the major defining struggles in human history to a single season

  7. Can’t wait!!! Greatest show of all time!! Nothing better than leaving on a high note! If I could, I’d always leave a room on a high note. To leave on a high note, has a greater chance of being remembered as one of the best. I’m happy to see that they won’t drag out/dull out an amazing show. Can’t count how many times I’ve watched each episode.

  8. I can’t wait. I think at this point this is easily the greatest series of all time. I am sad to have it end but I trust in DeKnight and Starz in making this last ending season just epic. I mean did you see the trailer with all those Roman soldiers? I thought GOT was good but based on pure action scenes alone this series is way better!

  9. Yes, I think they’re making the right decision. They have had to face so many unexpected challenges already for what started out as a low-budget tv show. Though I have enjoyed the show from the start, I found the last season to be a little lack-lustre. I found it hard to get used to the new leading man and was terribly disappointed that the actress for Naevia had also changed. I think to finish the show on a high note is the best idea.

    • I agree that the character changes was not a pleasant thing but i do think that after each season ends it has me wanting it to be another episode left!I think spartacus should venture off into a string of movies like “LORD OF THE RINGS” or “RAMBO” LOL

  10. After this season I will still crave more.

  11. This is the best series film I ever watch in my life and I have been waiting for the final season for a long time…. How many episodes will the final season have??

    • 15

  12. I think spartacus is a great show;futhernmore, it should remain atleast another 3 seasons! I always look forward to the next season. I have seen every epiosode, I love the realness & the times f ancient roman days.

  13. I’m saddened by the decision made to end the show pre-maturely . I have absolutly loved the series and looked forward to each new season ,this is disapointing . Andy was perfect in the leading role but his replacement has pulled his weight and done a marvelous job filling his shoes . Too bad it’s too late for a reverse decision . I would rather see it last 3 or 4 more seasons .

  14. I just cant believe that such an epic series will end after only 4 seasons. Gods of the Arena, Blood and Sand, Vengence and now War of the Damned…another short prequel would have been great. But we are only the viewers we have no say…regardless, i will watch it, love it and be saddened when its over…
    I have a suggestion…how about a series in the same format and style of Spartacus that is based on the life, rise and fall of Rome’s most notorious rulers….Caligula??

  15. i really love spartacus show.its looks so real. you guys should realse more season as you can. i am nothappy with decisioned that you guys has been said

  16. Hell no they shouldn’t cancel it. For a show to have never shot a seen outdoors it’s pretty awesome!!

  17. Hopefuly, another network will pick this one up…..HBO or whichever network decides that this is an outstanding series…..Sons of Anarchy ring a bell?

  18. I say they make a movie with the content they had for the fifth season… I could totally see a big budget movie doing well… And hey if it does really well they may even bring the series back… A combination between “Entourage” and “The Game”… Man I am goign to miss this show.

  19. K so I missed Spartacus war of the damned first episode
    I’ve Recorded on my divo
    Men of honor
    Enemies of Rome
    Wolves at the gate
    So could anyone tell me the name of the first episode

  20. Hugeeeeeee fan!!!!!!! And as a huge fan I am begging STarz to keep the season going!!!!!!!!!! Pleaseeeee

  21. It would have to be the most glorious presentation of the fight for ones freedom better than any other rival in our history. I put spartacus above any known hero on this earth and the men and women who faught beside him. The best cinema on battle and story ever shown. Truly the best tv series if not best production of all time.
    Truly amazing and heart breaking its all over……..

  22. I love sparticus !!! I’m depressed now there is no new episodes to look forward to lol. Hated the way it ended. Sparticus should of lived still be wounded but came back to save Galigus in a new season. But in overall loved the show it was great!!!!