Though Spartacus died in the finale, there were characters left alive at the end of the third season. The new series will take place after those events. Here is the official synopsis for the new series:
In the aftermath of the defeat of Spartacus and his rebel army, the drama will depict a new tale of treachery, deceit, and blood unfolding beneath the foreboding shadow of Rome.
Kathryn Busby, President, of Original Programming for Starz said in a statement, “It has been over a decade since ‘Spartacus’ delighted international audiences and we are thrilled to reimagine and expand this gripping, action-packed drama for our viewers today.” She continued by saying, “‘Spartacus’ has deeply invested fans who are eager for its return, and we look forward to working with Steven [DeKnight] on this exciting next chapter.”
As one of the deeply invested fans, I would have to agree with that. DeKnight added in the statement, “It’s such an incredible honor to be invited to return to the world of ‘Spartacus’ and to be met with unbridled creative support from my colleagues at STARZ and Lionsgate. Together we are crafting something truly unique and unusual for the next chapter in this epic story.”
The new series will be produced by Lionsgate Television, with Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Karen Bailey, with Directors of Original Programming, Giovanna Desselle and Alex Alberts, set to oversee production for Starz. Head of Scripted Development and Executive Vice President, Scott Herbst and Senior Vice President of Scripted Development, Jocelyn Sabo, will both oversee for Lionsgate Television.
This does seem like the perfect time for a rewatch of the original series, which also starred Manu Bennett, Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Nick E. Tarabay, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Katrina Law, Erin Cummings, Jai Courtney, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and Dan Feuerriegel.