Creator: Steven S. DeKnight
Cast: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett
Here is a cast change because of the unfortunate death of Andy Whitfield who died of cancer. It is the continuation of Spartacus who goes into Rome and tries to free all the slaves. It is bloody as hell and violent but like I said that is the way it was back then. The series continues the bloody path of Spartacus. The episodes are well paced. The first season is especially good , Spartacus builds up a series of secrets, alliances, betrayals and ambitions that all come together at key moments in the series. There is plenty of gladiators who has this muscular bodies fighting which later are compensated by food, alcohol and sex.The story around Spartacus is the tragic early death of star Andy Whitfield, who was diagnosed with cancer during the first season. Since he couldn’t film a second season due to treatment, creator Stephen S. Knight went back to the story telling to give us Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, a prequel to the events of the first season and that was fine. But the death of the actor had to have a change of casting. A lot of people thought that this was going to be the end of the series.The second and third season never quite hit the same highs as the first season but it still stands out. This was the only way to go. We know already what happens to Spartacus anyway so they had to keep going but they were not sure if the audiences would accept the cast change. Luckily it worked, and they were back in business. Great series there.