Spartacus's Next Season Will Be Its Last

I hope you didn't buy stock in Fake Blood Inc. today, because shares definitely plummeted as a result of some news from Starz. The cable network announced that the upcoming season of the ultra-violent Spartacus franchise will be the series' last, ending its run with three seasons and a prequel.

But let's not dwell on the bad news, Debbie Downer! We've got new info to parse! The final season will be called Spartacus: War of the Damned, probably because that's a pretty good name for a bloody, final season. War of the Damned will be 10 episodes long and get to slicing and dicing in January 2013.

The final season will take place after Sparty and his merry slaves defeat Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber, cementing Spartacus's reputation across the land as one bad mofo and guaranteeing that movies and television shows will be made about him in the future.

But why stop one of Starz's most popular series now? I guess history has something to do with it, although I would love to see the network continue the Spartacus saga into modern times (Spartacus Takes Manhattan, Spartacus vs. the 401k, etc.).

Creator Steven S. DeKnight said in a statement that it was all about serving the story. "We did not come to this decision lightly. It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I. Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus's journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who's been along for the ride." That's a typical press release quote, but it's worth noting that successful shows usually don't end just because it serves the story (*ahem Dexter and The Office*).

Fare thee well, Spartacus. Your blood and boobs will be missed.


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Yup last season.....
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wow... this is totally crazy, Spartacus is a really good series and it has a hard core following... I started watching Spartacus at the beginning of season 2, and I was hooked... So I watched the first season and Gods of the Arena as well... I even tweeted that I was happy about season 3, now this news... Liam took on the role of Spartacus and made it his own after the original actor (God bless his soul) passed away... I am sure that the producers of Starz will be regretting this decision big time... To quote MightyMad WTF???
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this totally sucks! I think it should be at least 5 seasons long...
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Obviously, my original reaction to this was "WHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?"



But, after learning that it was DeKnight who decided to make it so, I am quite happy with it. Yes, it does suck, and we fanboys are losing yet another amazing series, I'm like the rest of you: I rather have four amazing seasons of a epic story than a overall series full of pointless filler episodes. In the long run, it will make "Spartacus" something to remember by all.



... Hey Tim - you forgot to mention "Supernatural" in your 'should-have-been-off-the-air-by-now' list. Just sayin'.
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If she makes so much money then why are you not on the system and in school. Heck why is that womans child even in school if this works so well?
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Nice spam, tastes great. I love how you mixed in "blessings" into this so as to make a religious aspect to your trickery and deceit. Grade A douchebagery!
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Aww man. Now I'll have to start watching gay porn again if I want to see a bunch of sweaty naked guys?
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ohhh no... there is always A Game of Thrones...
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As if you ever stopped, Barry...
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*sigh*... Us penii conaisseurs are a criminally overlooked demographic in mainstream entertainment...
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Hey, don't bring the president into this...
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As always Americans don't understand that making a low number of high quality series is always better than 20 seasons of mediocrity. Love the show, but happy if it has 1 amazing last season, whining about it finishing is ridiculous, shows that go out at the producers choosing are ALWAYS more worthwhile and well rounded.
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this is true, but the sting still hurts... Spartacus is a really good series and I have been watching season 1 and season 2 from the beginning an episode a night... I will have to get season 1, 2 and Gods of the Arena on dvd now...
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Only Americans do not understand?



You should tell that one to the people behind the UK version of "Being Human"...
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While I DO agree that shows that go out on top are always better than ones that go on to become mediocre, I also think it's ridiculous to assume that fans won't miss the show, or, more to the point, that they shouldn't miss it, as you seem to be implying.
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The movie "300" was less than 3 hours. Why aren't people complaining about that?
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aww.. so sad..WTF!?! nuff said! lets just get this over with while its stl entertaining, end it w/ a bang! u folks sure took d tym 2 feel upset & write ur disdane here..dAmn!
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Cool title indeed! And much as I'll miss it, I agree that dragging it just for the sake of it would serve the story poorly.
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Wow...I wonder how many guys are easily pissed off at people who aren't that excellent at history, particularly people who watch Starz rather than History Channel
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Here's one, and it's not because people watch Starz and not History channel. It's because people simply don't read outside materials or *gasp, dare I say it* an actual, physical, book.
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Right....because as television and movies have taught us time and time again, historical adaptations ALWAYS follow the facts to the letter and NEVER *gasp, dare I say it* chose style and entertainment value over historical accuracy.
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Hey the show has actually managed to be on track albeit loosely of history. The escape from the ludus, the freeing of slaves, the battle of Vesuvias in which the real oonemaus died and where Spartacus killed Glaber, but somebody way worse is coming
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Right... the question is, are they going to end it like history? With Spartacus dying on the battle field during the Third Servile War? *gasp his body according to historians was never found* will we see Crixus separate and command his own army and be killed in battle? (As history tells us)... The question is how will it all end, because there are a many battles before the Third Servile War...
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Well, something to be said about going out with a bang, I guess, and if the producers are saying this last season will be extremely satisfying while the last couple have been more than that... well... needless to say I'm looking forward to it!
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Spoiler alert, Spartacus dies in 71 BCE near the river Sele. Then again it's in history books so it's not so much a spoiler as a history lesson. Start reading history people as some of the comments here are just..... facepalm.



Heck, start reading the actual article above even......

"But why stop one of Starz's most popular series now? I guess history has something to do with it"
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true... but as I posted, there are many battles way before the Third Servile War... so the series could go on for a few more seasons... I am just hoping that the producers do not try and jam pack so much history in one season just to end it with a bag...
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you don't understand the entertainment industry very well do you?
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I'm all for shows ending on a high note instead of going out whimpering but they could have easily done 2 more seasons. Now let's see how they are able to conclude things with just 10 episodes.
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he goes up north and dies in a battle near a stream. its in history books.
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real shame they are ending and sure there is another reason as this must be one of the best shows on tv. why they would cut it off makes no sense unless they are British TV producers as they tend to stick to their artistic integrity or at least not driven by money. hence the state of our failing UK economy??
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Asking why they are ending this show is like asking why they killed off Julius Caesar in the HBO show Rome.

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Call me crazy, or too lazy to re-watch ep1, but why do i remember that he is not even supposed to be the real spartacus but was like named after hi or smth?
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Awwww...This is Sad Sad News!!!!

I was looking forward to watching many more seasons to come~~ :(

What else are they going to show on Starz??? =__=

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Sad, but it's always best to go out on top. The fans will understand and respect the decision. Better to have a few good seasons with a proper ending, than being cancelled after eight seasons and not getting an ending at all.

I was thinking during the last season about how the show would end. And it does look like it will end badly for the good guys, especially if they decide to stay true to the real Spartacus' story. (The show has cast Caesar, and he is not going to lose to Spartacus, right?) But I don't want a sad ending. I hope they take some creative liberties and rewrite the story of Spartacus. It's not fun to watch a show knowing that the characters are moving towards their doom.

There are a few characters I'm fine with dying because it fits the story. But there are other characters I would definitely want to survive.

I was fine with Oenomaus dying. He was a troubled man who felt he had to die with honour in battle. Death was better for his character than coming out of all the fighting alive but without a future.

It would be nice to see Gannicus survive since he is now a free man, but I'm also fine with him dying. It would be kind of poetic that he won himself his freedom which he could've used to start his life over. But now that he has returned to fighting, he could die by the sword.

On the other hand, I definitely want to see Crixus and Naevia survive together. Crixus has been a fighter all his life, so it would be nice to see him leave that behind. I also want to see Spartacus survive. I don't want him to fall to the Romans after having fought so well. I want him to get his revenge and leave the fighting behind. The reason I'm hoping that the writers will spare Spartacus' life is, because otherwise there is no element of surprise in the story. If they decide to follow the historical accounts, then we all know already how the story will end. I was also surprised that they killed off Mira. It would have been nice to see her survive together with Spartacus.
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I'm sorry to disappoint you, but they have followed history albeit loosely, The real Oonemamus died in the first battle, and I have a feeling the third season will have a time jump cuz if I recall by the top of his game Spartacus had 70,000 freed slaves and gladiators. Last season they mad mentions of Crassus, who was one of the richest men i the history of time, who will be the last villain and even more of a bastard than Batiatus and Glaber combined. He was a man who thought "Well I have alot of money and I'm bored I think ill go kill people"
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Actually Onemeaus [sp] didn't die in the first battle but ONE of the first battles and did survive the battle that he died in on the show.
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Glad its ending great show but....just stick to the history and go out with a bang
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Upset, but ultimately it's the right decision. It's always more worthwhile to see a show that recognizes quality over quantity (e.g. The Office UK, Breaking Bad)
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agreed, I don't think I could watch two or three seasons of these guys walking north.
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really couldn't accept the new spartacus. quit just a couple episodes into the second season. gods of the arena was pretty great though.
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I didn't expect it to end now, but I'm glad that they're not going to milk the show like the shows you mentioned.



P.S. Tim doesn't watch Dexter for those that don't know.
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The real life Spartacus waged this war for two years. It only makes sense to make that war last two seasons.
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Just switch the protangonist to Julius Caesar next season and you can get another couple years out of it. Then to Mark Anthony, then Octavian.



Spartacus Season 8: The Library of Alexandria.
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In real life it was Pompey who took credit for killing the rebellion. Even so it was Crassus who defeated Spartacus. Using a real life example is much more interesting then distorting time lines and events.
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well really, how much longer could the show go on? it's not like Spartacus could have lived to be too old.. I like it and all, but it's good that it's ending and not just going to drag on
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Sad to hear it but it's ultimately a good thing for the show.
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If they are going to tell rest of the historical story in one single season, i think this will be a non-proportional result, because the entire first season was spent on the House of Batiatus, and an entire second season was spent on the first war while there are still 3 more wars to tell about in one single season... Still, i'm sure they will make something epic and legendary out of this one season...
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I'm not sure what you mean by three more wars. There were three servile wars yes, but they happened decades apart with different people. Spartacus was the final one of these three. The entire Spartacus run in real life lasted about 2 years, 73 BC 71 BC
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Of course I know that, but last season, we watched the Mount of Vesivius war which took place in early 73 BC, there are still:



1) Defeat of the consular armies (led by Publicola and Clodianus) which Spartacus and Crixus fell apart from each other. (72 BC)



2) The War under Crassus: which took place in 71 BC and became the last war of Spartacus' rebellion after his defeat.



(Note: I made a mistake in my previous comment, there are a total of "three wars", not "three more wars" when you count "Mount of Vesivius" with the other two...)
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Switch out the actor again! Liam does not inspire as Spartacus. Or least get him a nutritionist and put him in the gym for the next 4 months.
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That really sucks to be honest! It's a great show that I think could have easily gotten to 5-6 episodes
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How can you drag this out for seasons. its pre determined by factual history that its going to end.
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Seasons? :)
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It makes sense, although they could drag it out for a few more seasons, better to go out on top.

And with greater purpose.



Jupiter's cock!!!
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73BC - 71 BC is when the factual third servile wars took place. Only makes sense to have the show based on that last two seasons.
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