STARZ has just announced something that will excite fans of their classic show, Spartacus. They’re bringing us a sequel series titled Spartacus: House of Ashur. It’s a thrilling development, especially for those who’ve been waiting since the last season aired in 2013.
Nick Tarabay is set to return as Ashur, and this time, the story takes an intriguing turn. Imagine Ashur didn’t die in Spartacus: Vengeance and ended up owning the gladiator school of Batiatus. That’s the twist this series will explore, diving into a ‘what if’ scenario about Ashur aiding the Romans and stopping the slave rebellion.
This sequel comes more than a decade after the original series’ conclusion, bringing a fresh angle to the Spartacus saga. Steven S. DeKnight, who brought us the original series and later worked on Marvel’s Daredevil, returns as the showrunner. DeKnight expressed his excitement about crafting this new chapter, considering it a rare opportunity to return to a beloved series.
Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz, echoed this sentiment. She highlighted how the original series captivated viewers globally and anticipates that this high-octane drama will fulfill fans’ long-held expectations.
The Spartacus series has had its share of challenges and changes. It began with Spartacus: Blood and Sand in 2010, starring Andy Whitfield. Unfortunately, due to Whitfield’s health issues, Liam McIntyre later took over the role in Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: War of the Damned. The prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, was created during this transitional period.
Tarabay, reprising his role as Ashur, has been a part of the Spartacus journey since the beginning. After Spartacus, his career included roles like Captain Boomerang in Arrow and a collaboration with DeKnight in Pacific Rim: Uprising.
With this new series, fans can expect to dive back into the world of ancient Rome and gladiators, with the familiar thrill and drama that made Spartacus a hit. It’s a unique chance to revisit a story from a different angle, and I personally can’t wait to see how this alternate history unfolds.
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