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Go behind-the-scenes of 'Spartacus: War of the Damned'

Starz and the makers of "Spartacus" take fans behind-the-scenes of the next and final season of the series in a brand new video released just ahead of this week's San Diego Comic Con International.

"Spartacus: War of the Damned," currently in production in New Zealand, will kick off in January 2013. In the video, star Liam McIntyre and the cast and crew discuss the making of the final season.

I'm participating in the interviews with cast members in San Diego this week, so I'll have more about the new season soon. I'll also be moderating a "Spartacus" panel at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on Aug. 10 which will feature Craig Parker (Gaius Claudius Glaber), Katrina Law (Mira) and Lesley-Ann Brandt (the original Naevia). So come back for more.

In "War of the Damned," creator Steven S. DeKnight and his writing team will take a few liberties with history, introducing Gaius Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) and Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells), two historical Roman figures who most likely never battled Spartacus. But hey, it's a fictional series!

The final season takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

The "Spartacus" franchise began its run Friday, January 22, 2010 with "Blood and Sand." It was followed a year later with the prequel, "Gods of the Arena" (January 21, 2011). "Vengeance" hit the air on January 27, 2012 and "War of the Damned" is scheduled to air January 2013.

"Spartacus: War of the Damned" sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

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