1st sword-swinging footage from the final season of Spartacus

It's sad to think that the upcoming season of Starz action drama Spartacus will be the series' last, but knowing there's nowhere to go but out, you'd have to think the creators will leave nothing on the table when wrapping up the bloody, awesome run. Judging by some new footage from the final season, War of the Damned, that definitely seems to be the case.

Once the creators and network decided to pull the plug, citing creative reasons to ensure that the hit show never jumped the shark, the final 10-episode season was announced.

It isn't set to air until January 2013, but we have our first look at some behind-the-scenes footage right now.

Check it out below:

For more details on the final season, here's the synopsis:

War of the Damned takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.
Sound off: Are you looking forward to the final season of Spartacus? Do you wish the show would've lasted longer?

(Via ComingSoon.net)

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