Spartacus: War of the Damned is the third and final season of the American television series Spartacus, a Starz television series, which follows Spartacus: Vengeance. It premiered on 25 January 2013 and concluded on 12 April 2013.
The series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus (played by Liam McIntyre from the second season and Andy Whitfield in the first season), a Thracian gladiator who, from 73 to 71 BC, led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.
- Liam McIntyre as Spartacus – a Thracian warrior condemned to slavery as a gladiator in the House of Batiatus. After leading an uprising at the ludus, he and his rebel army have experienced great success against the forces of Rome, but are in for a great struggle against the forces of Crassus.
- Manu Bennett as Crixus – a Gallic warrior who is the second-in-command in the rebel revolt. Naevia’s lover.
- Dustin Clare as Gannicus – a Celtic warrior, and former gladiator who has taken up arms against the Republic to honour the memory of Oenomaus.
- Dan Feuerriegel as Agron – a Germanic warrior, leader among the rebel army and Nasir’s lover.
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Naevia – a Phoenician former slave. She struggles with the emotional wounds that were inflicted upon her by various Roman abusers. Crixus’ lover.
- Ellen Hollman as Saxa – a Germanic warrior and Gannicus’ lover.
- Pana Hema Taylor as Nasir – a Syrian warrior and Agron’s lover.
- Blessing Mokgohloa as Castus – a Cilician pirate who joins the rebellion.
- Ditch Davey as Nemetes – a Germanic warrior who is conflicted about the rebellion, and his role in it.
- Anna Hutchison as Laeta – a Roman citizen and well-to-do wife whose life is changed forever when her husband is killed and she is taken captive by Spartacus after the rebel invasion of her city. Laeta eventually joins the rebellion and becomes Spartacus’ lover; after she is unjustly branded as a slave by Crassus for aiding the rebels, despite the fact that she only did it to save her people.
- Jenna Lind as Kore – Crassus’ loyal body slave and lover, unfortunate events will test her loyalty to the House of Crassus. Kore eventually joins the rebellion; after she is raped by her former friend, Tiberius, as revenge against his father, Crassus.
- Gwendoline Taylor as Sibyl – a young slave who becomes smitten with Gannicus after he saves her life.
- Barry Duffield as Lugo – a Germanic warrior.
- Heath Jones as Donar – a former gladiator from the House of Batiatus, and a loyal warrior in the rebellion.
- Luna Rioumina as Belesa – Saxa’s second lover.
- Ayse Tezel as Canthara – a slave whose life is saved by Julius Caesar.
- Vanessa Cater as Verenda – a rebel from Gaul that fought under Crixus.
- Simon Merrells as Marcus Licinius Crassus – the richest man in Rome. After many unsuccessful attempts at ending the revolt, the Roman senate tasks Crassus with the responsibility of putting down the rebellion.
- Christian Antidormi as Tiberius Licinius Crassus – the eldest son of Marcus Licinius Crassus, and his father’s “word and will” in Crassus’ army.
- Todd Lasance as Julius Caesar – a young, but seasoned soldier from a prominent family who is enlisted by Crassus to conduct infiltration and sabotage operations against the rebel camp, before returning as Crassus’ second-highest-ranking officer (under his son, Tiberius).
- Roy Snow as Quintus Marcius Rufus – Crassus’ commander.
- Jared Turner as Lucius Furius – tribune of Cossinius.
- John Wraight as Lucius Cossinius – a praetor sent to defeat Spartacus.
You can find out about the life of Spartacus and an overview of the Spartacus ‘franchise’ here.
You can find a full index and overview of the Spartacus 2010-2013 series here.
- Episode 01: Enemies of Rome.
- Episode 02: Wolves at the Gate.
- Episode 03: Men of Honour.
- Episode 04: Decimation.
- Episode 05: Blood Brothers.
- Episode 06: Spoils of War.
- Episode 07: Mors Indecepta.
- Episode 08: Separate Paths.
- Episode 09: The Dead and the Dying.
- Episode 10: Victory.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Rick Jacobson, Michael Hurst, TJ Scott, Jesse Warn, Mark Beesley, and John Fawcett.
- Writer(s): Steven S. DeKnight, Jeffery Bell, Brent Fletcher, David Kob, Mark Leitner, Jed Whedon, Allison Miller, Seamus Kevin Fahey, Aaron Helbing, and Todd Helbing.
- Release Date: 25 January 2013 to 12 April 2013.
- Running Time: 53-60 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.