Spartacus Season 3 aka “War of the Damned” Will Be The Final Season

Starz has just announced that the third season of Spartacus will be named “Spartacus: War of the Damned” and that it will be the last season.

To the news of the final season, creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight said “The fans have been tremendously supportive of our show (…) We did not come to this decision lightly. It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I. Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus’ journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who’s been along for the ride.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht added the following: “Steven DeKnight, Rob Tapert, Josh Donen and Sam Raimi have made one of the most groundbreaking shows we have ever seen (…) ‘Spartacus’ is a landmark series for the network which has enthralled millions of viewers and fans around the world. We are in agreement with our partners in the decision to conclude the story after ‘War of the Damned,’ as we believe it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the series and secure its legacy. While everyone may know the fate of Spartacus, we believe this will be a spectacular season that will startle, amaze and honor the legions of fans.

The series is still in production in New Zealand and is slated to premiere in January 2013. According to the official press release, this final season will “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 indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.”

If you are anything like me, you can’t wait to see what the final season will bring to the table. In the meantime, check out a promo of the new season and a video of Steven S. DeKnight talking about the new season: