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The Spartacus: The Complete Series box set you've been waiting for is finally happening, with a release date set for September. Not only does the Blu-ray set include Digital HD with Ultraviolet and a few new bonus features not included on the previously released sets, but the limited edition set also comes packaged with a Spartacus collector's figurine.
A lot of people died on television in 2013. Maybe the number of small-screen fatalities are always this high but it sure seems like the past year went above and beyond in the death department. Big series offing two, three even four major characters was commonplace. No one is safe, especially on cable. Here are ten shows that featured some of the year's most memorable and/or shocking losses.
2013 has been a great year for television, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As TV Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in TV shows, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. This is Kelly’s list, which begins with the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development at #5
Starz made the wise choice to debut their new series Da Vinci's Demons immediately following the series finale of their popular historical fantasy drama Spartacus: War of the Damned, and based on the numbers from this weekend, it paid off for the pay cable channel in the ratings.
MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven't watched the series finale of Spartacus: War of the Damned! We expected a giant battle, and by the gods, we got one. The episode didn't waste a whole lot of time with set-up, though there were a couple of things set in motion from the start. The episode began with a nod to Kubrick's film and the classic line, "I am Spartacus!" spoken by Spartacus' men, and the man himself, whose real name we'll never know.
Throughout its three-season (plus prequel) run, Spartacus has featured some amazing characters with amazing stories and some especially memorable death scenes. In a series as violent and dramatic as this one, death is a near certainty. It's just a matter of when and how. We might go as far as to say that Steven DeKnight's drama has redefined how to write off a character in spectacularly bloody fashion. No one was ever truly safe from carnage on this series.
As Starz's latest promo reminds us, the premium cable channel is combining two events into one night this week, delivering the final installment of the Spartacus saga and chasing it with the airing of the series premiere of Da Vinci's Demons, a new period drama, which focuses on the life and adventures of a young Leondaro Da Vinci.
Whether we're ready for it or not, the final battle is upon us. Come Friday, for better or worse, Spartacus will come to an end. A bitter end? Well, as the preview for "Victory" reminds us, it is a thing known that Spartacus cannot win this conflict. I suppose "win" - like "Victory" - is a relative term though. He may not survive it, but the man has left his mark and his name is fated to go down in history. He is Spartacus.
Spoilers if you haven't watched tonight's episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned, "The Dead and the Dying." With last week's "catch-up" night creating a gap between new episodes, we were given an extra week to grieve the loss of a certain beloved character at the end of "Separate Paths." But the second-to-last episode of the series still proved to be an emotional one.
Following up on a devastating episode (Separate Paths"), last Friday night left us with a catch-up night featuring encore airings of previous episodes. That may have broken some of the momentum from the major ending of "Separate Paths" to what's ahead in "The Dead and the Dying," but I doubt we'll feel much of that when things get going on Friday night.
After last Friday night's devastating episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned, maybe we need a week off from new episodes to recover and prepare for whatever bloodshed awaits in the final two episodes. Ok, who are we kidding? As that little girl in the AT&T commercial says, "We want more! We want more!" We may want more, but Starz is holding out on us this Friday night.
Major spoilers if you haven't seen tonight's episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned ("Separate Paths"). Was the ending of "Separate Paths" especially surprising? No, not really. The installment being one of only three episodes left in the series and a bloody war growing ever bloodier, deaths were inevitable and it was only a matter of time before we lost someone major. But that didn't make tonight's final moments any less devastating. Given the events of the episode, I can't say I'll be disappointed to see Tiberius die bloody before all is said and done.
There are just three episodes left of Spartacus: War of the Damned, after which we'll say goodbye to this excellent cast of characters. However, fans of Crixus - or Manu Bennett, rather - will be able to find Bennett on the CW's Arrow, the actor who plays a recurring role in the series' current season is set to return as a regular in Season 2.
Spoilers from "Separate Paths" ahead! It seems Spartacus is giving himself some down time away from war, at least for a little while. And that involves the company of a certain Roman, whose recent slave-status may be just the thing to nudge her over the line and into Spartacus' arms.
Looking back at Spartacus: Blood and Sand, I remember feeling vicarious discomfort for all of the slaves and gladiators that had to fight and work in that sweltering heat, especially during the drought. Watching tonight's episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned, I'm thinking many of the rebels probably miss that weather, if nothing else from their days of enslavement. Freedom comes at a cost. Tonight's episode was evidence of that, as what it evidence that bad weather brings out stronger emotions.