Oh yeah, I am an avid fan of the Starz TV series Spartacus. I have watched every episode without a miss. Last night’s season finale of Spartacus Vengeance “Wrath of the Gods” opens a lot of possible stories for season 3 early next year. What will happen next to the champion gladiators Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), Gannicus (Dustin Clare), and Crixus (Manu Bennett)?
The season 2 ending saw Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) killing herself by jumping off the cliff with Ilithyia’s (Viva Bianca) newly-born son. Ilithyia was left unconscious, and will she survive?
Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) died in battle in the hands of Spartacus. With most Roman characters killed in season 2, what is in store for Spartacus season 3?
Writer-producer Steven S. DeKnight answered some questions and gave some spoilers via EW.
Now that Spartacus has had his vengeance, what will drive him in season 3?
That’s a very good question and one that’s asked of him in season three: What drives him now? it’s something we touch upon when we start the next season. Once you have vengeance its a hollow victory and it’s never enough … If you read the history, they went all of the map maundering, pillaging, raping. For storytelling purposes we touch on some of that, though for a narrative you need a more linear projection for your hero. But that does come into play.
What else can you tell us about season 3?
It’s way too big. Every episode seems gigantic so we’re wrestling with the production issues of that. This season was moving Spartacus toward becoming a leader, next season — which doesn’t have a subtitle yet — is very much about Spartacus being a leader and leading this war. We’ll jump about six months ahead, where Spartacus and his band of rebels have become thousands and they’re causing Rome some real concern.
Anything other burning fan questions you’d like to address?
I’m sure I’ll get a lot of questions about why I killed Mira, especially in such an atypical Spartacus fashion. Spartacus keeps people at an emotional distance next season because he thinks anybody he gets close to will be horribly murdered. We did it early in the episode because we wanted to start with an emotional impact on Spartacus and also to have her death lead to the idea of going down the mountain on the vines, when he has to wrap her body up. We had a lot of debate about whether she gets to choke out her final words. I thought it would be more horrible if he got her up there and is trying to save her and she’s just dead. Obviously on this show I love strong women and they will continue to be part of the show. But on Spartacus, when you’re time’s up, your time’s up.