By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
9:09 PM CST, November 6, 2012
Starz's "Spartacus" begins its final battle Jan. 25, the network announced Tuesday.
"Spartacus: War of the Damned" ends the run of the network's hit franchise set in ancient Rome, after two full seasons and a shortened prequel season.
"War of the Damned" picks up six months to a year after "Vengeance" ended. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his rebels have amassed major victories against the Romans after defeating Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber at the Battle of Vesuvius. With his ranks reaching more than 30,000 fighters, Spartacus has become a legend and Rome is shaking with fear.
Rome pits Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) against the rebels, and he slowly gains a foothold by copying Spartacus' war strategies. Needless to say, its going to be a bloody end to a series that started with the title "Blood and Sand."
In a new video from Starz (below), McIntyre, Merrells and Steven S. DeKnight, the show's co-creator, talk about the war ahead.
Returning cast members include Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar and Anna Hutchison plays Laeta.
Click here to watch DeKnight explain why "Spartacus" is ending after "War of the Damned."
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