Starz has confirmed that the upcoming third series from the ‘Spartacus’ franchise will be the last and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has stepped in to justify their decision.
The 10 episode season – which will be called “War of the Damned” – will air in January 2013 and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show boss admitted that they were making a ‘brave move’ in cancelling the franchise, while it still had mass appeal but he insisted that he was adamant that he wanted to bring a natural end to “the show when you’re on top and the audience still wants more instead of dragging it out until it starts to wane and you kind of limp to the finish line.”
DeKnight continued, explaining that while he had originally intended to go on for ‘five seasons’ historical data is very ‘scattershot’ which meant that the storylines in new series’ would have been hard to work with.
“The rebels went north, south, east, west, then back north, then broke apart, came back together. We thought, instead of repeating ourselves with one wave of Roman senators after another going after Spartacus, getting defeated, going after Spartacus, getting defeated, why not really condense the story, give the juiciest parts to Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).”
DeKnight also confessed that they knew they were bringing Spartacus to an end a while ago and that knowledge was partly responsible for the “wholesale slaughter at the end of last season.”
“Where the story was going, for instance Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and Ilithyia (Viva Bianca) really didn’t fit in world of Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) in any kind of natural, organic storytelling way. There was a bit of housecleaning at the end of that season to prep for this final season.”
On the final ending, Steven revealed that it will be a positive one and said that the series will draw to a close “with a defeat but with a ray of hope.”
“It would be a disservice to the audience to spend four years watching the struggle, murder everybody and say, ‘Well, they lost.’ You definitely need to end on some sense that the struggle was worth it, whether win, lose or draw; that it’s worth standing up to oppression.”
Judging by the promo below, the last season of Spartacus will be as bloody as every other and feature some epic battle scenes.
DeKnight also explains his decision to bring it all to an end in the interview below. He promises that it will be ‘bigger and bolder’ and end on a very ‘high note.’
It looks amazing!