The April 16 Season 1 finale of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is the last we’ll see of the Starz! show for a while.
Lead actor Andy Whitfield was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and since the series can’t continue without Spartacus himself, production of Season 2 has been delayed indefinitely.
Staff writer Maurissa Tancharoe, confirms via Twitter: “The second season is still happening, however, it is on hold at the moment due to star Andy Whitfield’s health problems.” She repeated her sentiment later, assuring fans that the show has not been canceled.
NY Magazine reports that in order to utilize the sets, actors, and writers standing by, Starz is developing a prequel series. A younger actor could replace Whitfield, keeping audiences interested until Whitfield can return for Season 2. There’s no word yet on whether co-stars like Lucy Lawless and John Hannah would be involved in the prequel.
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