Steven DeKnight Discusses Spartacus Vengeance And What's Ahead For The Starz Series
13 January 2012
With the premiere of Spartacus: Vengeance just a couple of weeks away (two, if you’re keeping count), series show-runner Steven S. DeKnight talked to the press about the upcoming season this week. Topics of discussion on the conference call included the “new” Spartacus, played by Liam McIntyre, what to expect from some of the characters, and DeKnight’s thoughts on going from working on shows like Smallville and Joss Whedon’s series (Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse) to the Starz drama.
It should be said right off the bat that DeKnight is very tight-lipped when it comes to spoilers. In fact, he seems to have mastered the art of answering questions without revealing major plot-points. So, if you’re looking for juicy details on Vengeance, you won’t find many below. With that said, we did put spoiler warnings around the questions that tread into specifics about Vengeance. Nothing major is revealed about any of the characters, but if you’re looking to go into the new season without knowing anything about what’s ahead, avoid the spoiler questions.
Beyond that, DeKnight had some really interesting things to say about the show. He talks about the critical response to the pilot, his leap as a writer from network TV to premium cable, the language used in the series, writing for genre television (with nods to Lost and Battlestar Galactica mentioned) and some other fascinating tidbits about Starz’ underrated drama. He also mentions another project he might be working on for the network, which from the sound of it, is in the very early (early, early) phases of development.