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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Series Creator, Two Gladiators and a Mischievous Lady Talk About Their Roles In The Prequel!

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In a rare confluence of events – a star’s illness; an open timeslot; fans clamoring for more backstory, and an idea intended for a postponed second season – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena was born. The six-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand fills in the background history of Batiatus and Lucretia and how their ludus [gladiator training facility] came to a certain level of prominence before the arrival of the famed Thracian gladiator.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with series creator/showrunner/writer Steven S. DeKnight and stars Dustin Clare [Gannicus future champion of Capua], Manu Bennett [Crixus, here new to the ludus] and Jaime Murray [Lucretia’s old friend and fellow partier, Gaia].

Note: for some reason, this call had a lot of weirdness, technically – dropouts, cutoffs, static – so the transcript isn’t perfect. It was still a fun call, though.

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – Brutal, Sexy Prequel Series Mixes Nuance With Bludgeoning!

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Spartacus: Gods of the Area [Starz, Fridays, 10/9C] came about as a result of the unforeseen health issues of the star of Spartacus Blood and Sand. Conceived, partially, as a fill-in to keep the franchise alive while he recovered, and heeding the call of fans for some back-story on ludus owner Batiatus and his wife, Lucretia, series creator Steven S. DeKnight took a flashback that had been intended for season two of Blood and Sand and expanded it in a way that has yielded – at the very least – a premiere episode that matches the best of Blood and Sand’s first season.

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