Thursday, 26 July 2012

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

A little while ago I posted a small tribute piece to the late Andy Whitfield, who starred as Spartacus in 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'.

And now, I offer up the follow-on 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena'. This is a prequel to the events of Blood and Sand, giving more background and depth to the characters and life within the ludus of Batiatus before the arrival of Andy Whitfield's character, Spartacus.

Interestingly though, this series was filmed during Andy's convalescence from his first bout of treatment to combat his cancer, from which the doctors subsequently gave him a clean bill of health.
It was the studio's hope that Andy would be fit to return to fulfill his role as Spartacus in season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand - which sadly, as we all now know, was never meant to be with Andy Whitfield's passing in 2011 due to a resurgence of his cancer.

For those new to the whole Spartacus series, I offer you a taster of 'Gods of the Arena'. Enjoy :)


Elise Fallson said...

I LOVED this series. Stayed up late many nights watching episode after episode a while back. It is sad about Andy Whitfield's passing though. When it comes to cancer, you just never know.

Mark K said...

I agree with your sentiments entirely. Nice to know you're a woman after my own heart - on two counts at least :)