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 :)