Spartacus War of the Damned (Season 3) : It’s All Blood and Death From Here On Out [Advance Review]

After long months of waiting, Spartacus has finally returned to our screens with its last season War of the Damned. There is much to look forward to before the series comes to an end, so dry your tears and since I have seen the first couple episodes of this new season, let’s talk about what you can look forward to before it all ends in blood and death.

A Determined Spartacus

One of the things I love the most about Spartacus is the way it allows for its characters to grow. There has been a natural progression from season 1 until now and while the chore of the characters are still intact, there has definitely been an amazing growth.

This season, you’ll noticed a more driven and determined Spartacus leading his men. There is no more hesitation in his actions and there is certainly no mercy, especially when it comes to Romans. Liam McIntyre captures the screen like never before, it’s really a sight to see and something that all Spartacus fans will love.

Old Favorites

Yes, we lost some beloved characters last season (Mira!!! *snif*), but there are still a remaining few like Spartacus (duh!), Gannicus, Crixus, Naevia, Agron, Nasir, Saxa, Lugo and Nemetes.

If you loved seeing them fight before, you’re going to love them even more now. It’s like they have mastered the art of war, which should have been expected with a title such as “War of the Damned” this season.

Spartacus wouldn’t be anything if it wasn’t for his dedicated army or slaves and they are more powerful and captivating than ever. While we already know the fighting skills Gannicus and Crixus have been blessed with, the biggest revelation this season is Naevia. There is such an amazing transformation from the character we last saw to the one revealed in the premiere, I cannot wait to see where she ends up.

I also want to give a special mention to Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who portrays Naevia with so much strength and passion, it’s almost hard to believe she was the same actress portraying the frail and weak character we met early in season 2. Brilliant!

New Characters

While we have said goodbye to some, we also say hello to others this season. Amongst the newcomers we meet Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance), Tiberius Crassus (Christian Antidormi), Laeta (Anna Hutchison), Kore (Jenna Lind), all of whom (it seems) will play pretty important roles in this last season. I already have a couple favorites myself.

Of course the most renown one is Caesar, but I can tell you that it’s not any Caesar you’ve ever seen portrayed before and that’s quite exciting actually. In fact, I’m not really sure what to expect from the character at this point, but that’s part of the fun that is Spartacus.

Oh and I guess I should have added one more name to that list of newcomers, but he is so brilliant that I thought he deserved his own section and that is…

Marcus Crassus

Remember this name! Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) might very well become your new favorite character on Spartacus and make you forget all about… what were their names again???

I call him the Roman Spartacus (which is actually something Dan Feuerrriegel aka Agron echoed when we interviewed him), that should give you a hint of how great and deadly he is.

In fact, I think that once you meet him, there might be a new camp Team Crassus coming to light. You know a character is great when you (even for a second) question whether you want Spartacus to win… Yep, I said it!

I think that should be enough to get you excited for Spartacus War of the Damned. Of course, it’s hard to explain how visually stunning this show continues to be, you’ll just have to tune it to see it for yourself.

Oh and make sure you come back here after tonight’s episode airs to check out my video review of the episode.

Spartacus War of the Damned premieres tonight, January 25th, at 9pm on Starz.

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