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Final Season of Spartacus Air Date Announced!

That’s right – the air date for the final season of the entirely awesome Starz Spartacus show has been announced! Check it out!

After the explosive end to the second season of the show (or technically, third if you include teh Gods of the Arena prequel) fans of the hit show are more than a little eager for the third season to begin, but they must savour each episode as it will be the final season.

Back in June, I reported that Spartacus: War of the Damned would be the final season of the show
. Why? According Executive Producer and Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight:

“Starz always does the unexpected. This show has been challenged, to say the least, in many, many ways. We’ve faced many difficulties and tragedies on the show. My original plan was to attack the show in a five to seven season arc. Once we got into it and after Andy’s passing and looking at the historical story of Spartacus, we came to the decision to basically end on a high note. We certainly could have continued for a few more seasons and stretched it out, but we really wanted to end high and not feel like we were treading water — and really just condense the rest of the history into one amazing ten-episode, badass final season.”

“You know, the whole show was a huge risk from the start for Starz, and it was another huge risk when I decided to try to keep the show going after Andy’s passing. Any normal studio would have just cancelled the show at that point and not risk the financial downside of it not working. But Starz, thankfully, really stuck by the show, and they really wanted it to be told all the way to the end. They didn’t want to cheat the viewers and just suddenly pull the plug. So they gave us this opportunity to wrap up the story, and we’re certainly taking that opportunity and running with it. This is by far the biggest season we’ve ever attempted.”

“There was a lot of conversation. We knew towards the end of making the last season — we were 90 percent sure that we would be wrapping it up. And then there were a lot of questions and back and forth about do we do ten episodes, do we do 12, do we do 16, do we do 20? Ultimately, when we looked at it from all angles both financially and creatively, we decided, ‘Let’s do ten. Let’s take history, take the best parts of the story and really just try to end this as strong as possible.’”

Kind of understandable once explained, right?

Looking forward…

Let’s not focus on the bad, let’s just looking forward to what’s still left of the show.

Spartacus: War of the Damned will return to our screens on Friday the 25th of January 2013. Check out the trailer below:

What do you think?

Will you be tuning into the third season of the awesome show? Would you have liked the show to continue? Let me know in the comments below – it’d be awesome to hear from you!

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