Liam McIntyre On The 'Spartacus: Vengeance' Finale 'Death Factory' & Bringing Julius Caesar To Season 3
“Spartacus: Vengeance” wrapped up its Season 2 run on Friday with another bloody shocker.
Several major characters were killed off, including Spartacus’ former leading lady — Mira (Katrina Law), Ashur (Nick Tarabay), Oenomaus (Peter Mensah), Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and Glaber (Craig Parker).
“It really, really blows you out of the water. I can’t believe they did that — to that extent,” series star Liam McIntyre told AccessHollywood.com, as he chatted about the final episode in Season 2. “That was just a death factory. It’s heartbreak after heartbreak.”
The actor said filming Glaber’s very, very gory end (Spartacus puts a sword down the Roman’s throat) was actually somewhat frightening. Click HERE to watch as Liam discusses the shockers of the Season 2 finale with Access.
“[It was] complicated and a little scary, because I literally had Craig grabbing [the] sword with his teeth going, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK. No, go ahead.’ I’m like, ‘OK… Don’t move. This is going to work out all right. I’m not going to hurt you,’” Liam recounted.
Liam said filming the end of Glaber (the Roman who killed Spartacus’ wife in Season 1) was also poignant, because it wrapped up a storyline started by original “Spartacus” actor, the late Andy Whitfield.
“Story wise, I think this is a really good point to just remember Andy, because it’s the culmination of this journey he started, [with] two people playing one character,” Liam said. “And I think now that we’ve gone through what is such a significant part of Spartacus’ personal journey, I’ve always – on that day especially - I’ve never been more conscious of that legacy that I had to carry on and that he started so well.”
Season 3 is already in its early stages with Liam and his returning co-stars already in bootcamp, getting their physiques in even better shape. Beyond seeing more sculpted muscles when the show returns in 2013, it brings the introduction of Julius Caesar, played by Australian Todd Lasance, and Roman general Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).
“The big guns,” Liam said of the new historical figures heading to the drama.
“They’re massive characters and you know the story’s getting to that place, which is big, so I’m so excited,” he added. Click HERE to see Liam chat about the new figures joining the show.
Liam said he han idea where Season 3 will go, and with Spartacus now at the head of an army, backed up by Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, a new era for the show is on its way.
“It gets big. Like they say at the end of [episode] 10, ‘This is the army. Now we make an army,’ and it’s not just a rebel band, it’s a force and it’s going to be pretty big,” he said. “We’ve got the leaders and we’ve got the ultimate villains.”
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