Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Season 1 Episode 1 Past Transgressions

Spartacus is back! Gods of the Arena is the new name of the old Blood and Sand series .This six part prequel series was conceived as a ‘stop gap’ while Starz made a decision about what to do regarding lead actor Andy Whitfield being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. While it looked for a while that Whitfield may return to the role, a re-occurrence in the disease has forced him to pull out, leading to replacement, Liam McIntyre, stepping into his sandals.

It was a hard decision for Starz to make, as the show has proved to be very popular, in no small part due to Whitfield’s driven titular hero. While many have said the show should just be cancelled or ‘wait’ till Whitfield is well enough to resume the role, that makes no sense from a business point of view and re-casting was an inevitability.

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