Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
Although the news of Andy Whitfield’s replacement may have put a downer on the show for you, Spartacus: God’s of the Arena will begin airing in the UK and Ireland from next Monday, the 7th of February, on TV3 at 10pm. Just remember this is a prequel to Blood and Sand and therefore Spartacus does not actually appear in it. The season was made to give Whitfield time to recover from his cancer, but unfortunately, as we all know, his cancer returned. On the plus side, it gives you the chance to see different sides of all your favourite characters from season one.
God’s of the Arena follows a young Batiatus, who takes over his father’s Ludus, gladiator training house. Desperate to stop living in his father’s shadow, Batiatus spends all his money buying Gannicus, a skilled gladiator. However, Batiatus is unaware of the workings that are going on behind the scenes.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is not a full season, it only runs for six episodes appose to the thirteen that Blood and Sand had. However, its sole purpose, besides stalling for time while Whitfield was ill, is to give more detail into the background of some of the characters, most of which die in Blood and Sand. The series has not yet finished its run, in any country, which means, if you want to watch it, you might not have to wait that long for season two. Then again, considering how long it took them to film these six episodes, it could be awhile.
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