Executive producer and showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight has announced that the next season of Spartacus will be the last. This came as a surprise considering that Spartacus is Starz’s highest rated flagship show.
IGN spoke with DeKnight and asked him what prompted the sudden end to the series. here’s what he had to say: “We’ve faced many difficulties and tragedies on the show. My original plan was to attack the show in a five to seven season arc. Once we got into it and after Andy’s passing and looking at the historical story of Spartacus, we came to the decision to basically end on a high note.”
He also commented on the risk that Starz had from the get go: “You know, the whole show was a huge risk from the start for Starz, and it was another huge risk when I decided to try to keep the show going after Andy’s passing.”
It is sad to hear that this will be the last season but the introduction of next seasons baddies in the form of Marcus Crassus and a young Julius may leave room for a spin off series
“I would definitely entertain doing some form of spinoff within this world with Rob [Tappert]. And there are a lot of different ways to go, and we’ve kicked some of them around. Do you go Julius Caesar and Crassus and follow that story, or do you just go in a different direction where we’re in this world but the historical stuff becomes more of a background that you’re not locked into? Or do you do a movie? I would also love to do that. So it’s such a rich world that Rob and I have created that there’s definitely the possibility that somewhere down the line we may explore it in a different fashion.”
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