Starz's landmark series Spartacus will end after the upcoming season, the network announced today.
The Emmy-nominated show is currently shooting its latest saga, Spartacus: War of the Damned, which is slated to air January 2013.
"We did not come to this decision lightly," creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said in a statement. "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: "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 concluding season, Spartacus: War of the Damned, takes place following the defeat of Gaius Claudius Glaber. The rebellion slaves have amassed an army of over 30,000, and Rome is definitely beginning to fear the threat of Spartacus.
Check out the first look at the new season of Spartacus below!
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