Watch: Set sail on a swashbuckling preview of Black Sails Season 4

Starz' Black Sails pirate epic is one of my most recommened programs on the air, with its bold and bombastic buccaneers on the Spanish Main during the golden age of piracy.

Entering its fourth and final season in 2017, it's a beautifully filmed, dramatically engaging chronicle of one of the bloodiest periods in maritime history and is based on younger versions of the famous fictional characters of Captain Flint, Billy Bones and Long John Silver from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, meshed with the legends of real-life 18th-century pirates like Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, Charles Vane, Anne Bonny, Jack Rackham and others of a similar cutthroat nature.

Starring Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Tom Hopper, Hannah New, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Zach McGowan and Ray Stevenson, the pirate prequel has a loyal fanbase that will weep salty tears when the voyage eventually ends.

Blastr caught up with the series' producers at New York Comic Con to dissect Black Sails' appeal, the creative freedom they're allowed by the network, the evolution of genre TV, the show's feature-quality effects and what audiences can expect from this last season and the expansive narrative canvas it traverses.  

Have a look at our exclusive interview with Jon Steinberg, Dan Shotz and Robert Levine and tell us if Black Sails marks the spot for you.

Starz' Black Sails Season 4 embarks on its 10-episode sunset cruise on Jan. 29, 2017.

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