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Spartacus has been renewed for a third season, even before the second season has aired.

The second season “Spartacus: Vengeance” is due to debut on 27 Jan on Starz and will star Liam McIntyre as the title character, after the part had to be recast due to the unfortunate death of its original star Andy Whitfield from season 1, who sadly died from Cancer two months ago.

Executives are apparently so confident in McIntyre’s performance and the second season, that they have asked the writers to go ahead and write the third season.

Executive producer/creator Steven DeKnight said: “Many surprises are in store for ‘Vengeance’ viewers this year, but rest assured, the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series,” executive producer Rob Tapert said in a statement from the network. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide.”

“The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans,”