One of the best parts of looking forward to the New Year is knowing that, at some point, we will be privileged with the premiere of the third season of Starz’ Spartacus. Season 3, also the series’ final season, has the unbelievably chilling subtitle of War of the Damned and promises to be an epic conclusion filled with more blood and gore than you could hold in a space shuttle. Why a space shuttle? Because, when it launches, War of the Damned is going to be out of this world. Yes, I did just say that. And now we have a confirmed premiere date for this guaranteed thrill ride.
Starz announced Spartacus: War of the Damned would premiere on Jan. 25, according to TV Guide. I’ve already marked my calendar and have the Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena, and Vengeance ready to marathon as soon as 2013 rolls around. Since this will be the final time I’ll be able to experience the carnage and sexuality of Spartacus as something new, I’ll want it to be the most special experience possible. I’ll light candles and prepare a nice dinner for when I sit down to watch Spartacus slice open the throats of Roman soldiers. Best. Date. Ever. I don’t even care if it makes me sound like I’ll be forever alone.
War of the Damned will be the second season of Spartacus to star Liam McIntyre in the title role after he replaced Andy Whitfield, who passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, in the second season. New to the series is Todd Lasanec as Gaius Julias Caesar, Simon Merrells as Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta. These new faces are here to replace all the characters who were killed off last season, which might have been the ballsiest thing I’ve seen on television in a while in terms of mass killings of main characters. And since we’re heading into the final season, expect a similar body count that might even include Spartacus himself.