Starz on Friday released the extended trailer for "Spartacus: Vengeance" that caused the crowd to cheer, scream and applaud both times it was shown at San Diego Comic-Con July 22.
The exciting clip not only shows the new Spartacus, Liam McIntyre, but also Lucy Lawless' entrance as Lucretia, who stuns her old frenemy, Ilithyia (Viva Bianca), by being alive. The last time we saw Ilithyia in Season 1, she was ordering her men to block the door to Lucretia's villa, leaving Batiatus, Lucretia and their guests at the mercy of Spartacus and the gladiators. Batiatus was killed; somehow Lucretia survived.
"[Lucretia's] somewhat worse for wear," Lawless told reporters in the press room at Comic-Con. "She's lost her beloved husband. She's lost her child. She's lost all the promise of the nuclear family. That's why the show's called ‘Vengeance.'
"She's lost a great deal of status, as you can imagine. It's a moment-to-moment struggle for survival for the rest of the season. But she's got a master plan."
When asked if Lucretia gets her groove back, Lawless laughed: "Yes she does, and it ain't the groove you think."
Lucretia will focus her vengeance not on Spartacus, but on Crixus (Manu Bennett), the father of her child, whom he killed when he stabbed Lucretia. Lawless teased that the "epic" season also will focus on the relationship between Lucretia and Ilithyia.
"Need is what drives them together, and they ain't happy about it," she said, laughing. "There are a lot of reasons to be together, and a lot of reasons to want to kill one another … Our relationship is delicious."
"Spartacus: Vengeance" will premiere in January 2012 on Starz. For more news from San Diego Comic-Con and TV news in general, read RedEye's Show Patrol.