Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the first season of American television series Spartacus, which premiered on Starz on 22 January 2010.
In the series premiere, in 73 B.C., a nameless Thracian warrior and his fellow fighters align themselves with legate Gaius Claudius Glaber and Rome to protect their homeland. But disenchantment with the Romans soon sets in when their allies’ strategies leave their homeland unprotected from Getae marauders.
The warrior leads a rebellion of the auxiliary troops against the Roman officers, then deserts to return to his village and his wife. He arrives as the Getae attack and reunites with his wife, who tells him that she had a vision of him “falling before a red serpent.” He and his wife manage to escape, only to be captured by Glaber the next day.
The warrior’s wife, Sura, is forced into slavery and he and the other deserters are shipped to the arena in Capua, to be put to death publicly by gladiators, whereupon he proves his worth by defeating all four opponents, and is given a new name, Spartacus.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Rick Jacobson.
- Writer(s): Steven S. DeKnight.
- Release Date: 22 January 2010.
- Running Time: 53-60 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.