"Spread word to every slave that even the mighty republic bleeds when struck!" — Spartacus
After nearly two years, history's most famous rebel is returning to Starz on Friday, January 27 in Spartacus: Vengeance; the next chapter in the epic journey that chronicles Spartacus' transformation from an enslaved warrior into a legendary hero who is remembered even to this day.
"People respect Spartacus because he is decisive, honorable and not afraid to enact change," said Liam McIntyre, who has stepped into the iconic title role for "Spartacus: Vengeance." "He is about to embark on a journey where he has to embrace leadership and responsibility for the lives of those following him. He is prepared to sacrifice anything for what he believes in, and to protect what’s right."
During the events of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," Spartacus was captured and sold as a slave to Quintus Lentulus Batiatus (John Hannah); who had Spartacus trained to fight in the gladiatorial games alongside all of the other warriors in his ludus. Despite Spartacus' rise to become the champion of the House of Batiatus, his master reneged on his promise to reunite Spartacus with his wife, Sura (Erin Cummings) by ensuring that she was mortally wounded.
Eventually Spartacus convinced his fellow gladiators to rise up against Batiatus in a bloody struggle which allowed Spartacus to slay his master before promising to all who joined him that they would make Rome tremble. However, that promise was easier said than done.
"I really love to throw our characters into complicated problems right off the bat," related "Spartacus" creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight. "This is not Robin Hood and his Merry Men."