Blood, guts and Spartans, the epic Spartacus: War of the Damned is coming to DVD and BluRay next Monday.
The blood soaked saga reaches its epic conclusion following Vengeance and Blood and Sand. The series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus (played by Liam McIntyre), a Thracian gladiator who led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.
And the gladiators of Rome do not hide their love of blood, guts and glory for season 3. Make sure you catch the grand finale available to pre-order now.
In a recent interview with Sky, star Simon Merrells had this to say on the closing of one chapter, and quite possibly the opening of another:
Is SPARTACUS done and dusted then? Will it come back in any way shape or form.. Can you give us some sort of hope?
“Well, you’re asking a mere actor – and obviously the makeup girls and the cleaners will find out before me. There has been rumbles about a spin-off, ah, a Caesar spin-off which could or could not involve my character Crassus, certainly historically they went on for a while. I have no idea to be honest, you hear rumbles but Steven De Knight and Starz are the people who would be talking about that.”
On SPARTACUS – Have you been surprised it’s got as popular as it has got?
Simon Merrells said: “I’m not surprised really because there were three seasons before I joined and when I auditioned and then got the job I did a lot of research and became, and became very impressed with it and then found out that it had this enormous fan base, which I wasn’t surprised by it because it’s a fairly unique show, there’s nothing quite like it on TV. I think The Guardian said “No show takes its remit to entertain as fully and as seriously as Spartacus” and I’d go along with that. No I’m not surprised, it’s a worldwide phenomenon – massive in the states. Here (UK) it’s got a big fan base, it’s more a culty thing here I think but it’s certainly grown over the years.”
You must have enjoyed working on Spartacus?
“Oh my god, yeah, job of a lifetime – fantastic experience right from the word go from being trained in boot camp which was painful but a wonderful experience, the peerless stunt team run by Al Poperton, those guys trained us all – got us all up to scratch. I think I lost about 9kg in three and a half weeks. And then there’s the double sword training, the stunt training, I learnt to ride – it was such an experience, I had the time of my life.”
Would you work with them again?
“Absolutely, they are a lovely bunch of people and I’d be in there like a shot”
The epic final season of the TV Series SPARTACUS: War of the Damned will be available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from 29th April. Starring Liam McIntyre as Spartacus, Simon Merrells as Crassus, Manu Bennett as Crixus and Dustin Clare as Gannicus, this epic conclusion of a legendary journey also introduces a young Julius Caesar into the story, played by Todd Lasance. The SPARTACUS final series “War of the Damned” will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.