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June 04 2012

'Spartacus' to end next season. Steven S. DeKnight says "I would much rather end a series with the audience wanting more than limping to the finish line, with only the die-hard fans sticking around for the wrap up."

There's also an interview with DeKnight on TV Guide.
Sad news, I really like that show. But I would much rather see it end on a high note than have it drag on.
What's the Whedon connection? (I haven't seen the show.)
Steven S.DeKnight is the connection (writer on Buffy and Angel) :)

Kinda sad about this (the show really grew on me), but I agree that it's better to end something on a high note.
Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are writers on this show.
Bummer. I really like this show. Steve has done an incredible job with it, However, he's right that, if they continued on with it, adhering to historical precedent, it would have the potential to get repetitive:

Roman General goes after Spartacus - is defeated... Another Roman General goes after Spartacus - is defeated, etc. Until Crassus finally gets the job done. As he said, better to go out leaving us wanting more.
I'm sad to hear that it will be ending, but happy that it gets to end on its own terms, going out with a bang.

As far as being repetitive if it dragged on several seasons, there's ways around that. After all, each season of Buffy was "another big bad tries to destroy the world/ goes after the slayer", but that managed to not be repetitive. ;-) If it actually has a historical basis, then it's definitely not dragging things out, and they originally hoped for a 5 year plan.

But I'll be content with 3 brilliant seasons and a prequel series. (Watching on DVD, so I haven't seen the latest season yet, but I'm assuming it's brilliant like the other two). And then watching the next show DeKnight does, which is bound to be just as brilliant.
Many places are considering it an "on its own terms" thing, but other sites reporting it had the plug pulled. Does this count as both?
Good call for me. I loved the first season and the prequel but the last series felt flat to me. I don't know if it's the change of leads or the fact for me the best actor's had left but it just didn't work for me any more. All bluster and big endless repetitive speeches without the charm and politics of the earlier stories.
I'm sad to see it end so soon, but I think it's a good choice. It'd be wise to go out on top. You know what they say: always leave them wanting more.

I'm hoping for a spinoff. Gods of the Arena was fantastic. There are so many stories DeKnight could tell in this world.
blackmarketbeagle, DeKnight also wrote and directed an episode of Dollhouse.

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