Jan 242013

Spartacus: War of the Damned will be the third and final season of Spartacus. Judging by the trailer, character development will take a back seat to hacking and slashing with periodic pauses for sweaty sex by candlelight.

The producers face an interesting challenge. Viewers know that the revolt was eventually broken, and Spartacus and all of his followers will die, so the question is who will die first. All of the potential personality conflicts that could have brought more nuance to the story have been resolved, usually through the violent death of one or both of the people involved. While there will probably be disagreements among the rebel leadership over the most effective tactics, they will be preoccupied with survival. Fortunately, the Romans can undoubtedly be relied upon to scheme against each other. Marcus Licinius Crassus has been assigned by the Senate to put down the slave rebellion, but the famous general Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (better known as Pompey) will also try to win the honor of crushing the rebellion for himself in order to further his political career. A young Julius Caesar will appear in the third season, and while the real Caesar played at best a minor role in the suppression of the slave revolt, there are rumors that Starz is considering a series about Caesar’s rise to power, so his role may be enlarged.

Otherwise, I expect that there will be as many large-scale battles as permitted by the budget. Which is not a bad thing.