Spartacus season two returns to our screens on Monday on Sky1 and writer and producer Steven S DeKnight has revealed that the season was influenced by HBO’s Game of Thrones.
He added that a sub plot from the new season was removed to avoid comparison to the fantasy drama.
He said, “All of us writers on Spartacus love Game of Thrones. It’s just so well done. It’s interesting because we did have an incest plot planned for Vengeance, with the twin characters of Seppius (Tom Hobbs) and Seppia (Hanna Mangan), but when I heard that Game of Thrones had it as an integral part of the story…we didn’t go there.”
He added, “We didn’t want to repeat something that somebody else was doing. And Game of Thrones did it so brilliantly. We have to find out usual extremeness in other ways. Which, believe me, by the end of the season we do.”
Nick Tarabay who plays Ashur recently promised that the season will include shocking episodes for fans. In fact, even in the first episode, there is a shock in store.
He said, “Whatever you think you know about Spartacus or the characters of Spartacus, forget it. The people that you love, you’re going to hate. The people that you hate, you’re going to love. And just when you think you’ve got it figured out, it changes again.”
Sounds like we’re in for another tumultuous ride with Spartacus with the promise of more blood and gore.
The new season stars Liam McIntyre as the title character and will air on Monday at 10pm on Sky1 and Sky 1 HD.