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Comic-Con Q&A: 'Spartacus: Vengeance' Cast On Fan Support & Season 2 Drama (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 23rd 2011 11:00AM
Lucy LawlessIt was the usual mayhem at the 'Spartacus' panel at Comic-Con. Fans saw the first footage of Liam McIntyre in the title role, and they certainly seemed to like it.

In one of the few serious moments, McIntyre said he'd spoken to previous star Andy Whitfield, who had to leave the project due to health reasons, and that having Whitfield's blessing "meant a lot to him." (Executive producer Steven DeKnight said Whitfield is doing "very well" with his treatment.)

Otherwise Lucy Lawless talked about the almost-unhinged Lucretia we will see in Season 2 and about Lucretia's very twisted relationship with Ilythia (Viva Bianca). Then Lawless demonstrated her almost unrivaled ability to make almost anything she says sound a little bit naughty. (A fan asked about "filling the void" now that John Hannah's character, Batiatus, is gone. You can imagine where that line of questioning went.)

The only time the cast was tongue-tied was when a fan asked if they were used to seeing each other naked. There was lots of embarrassed giggling, but I gathered that yes, they were used to it.

Creator Steven DeKnight said he'd use the historical record to depict the adventures of the escaped slaves, but he added that the gaps in the historical record give him a lot of leeway. "You could drive a truck through that leeway," McIntyre said. "I will fill that truck with sex and violence," DeKnight replied.

The general plan for Season 2 is to "kill a lot of people." Works for me. As for McIntyre, the high point of the panel was when he led the room in chanting "I am Spartacus!" As introductions go, it wasn't bad at all.

Here, our interviews with the cast, who dish all about drama, fan support and what to expect in the new season.

Also, check out the Spartacus: Vengeance' Comic-Con teaser here:

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How is Lucretia still alive?

September 12 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can hardly wait to see all of Lucy's scenes this season.

July 24 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

by the way, I am Penny Douglas, forgot to say that! aka Spartacuslady!!

July 23 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

we the fans need to see our cast members! it's so wonderful to not only hear from them but to know they are such
loving and kind, warm and loving people! they are having a good time making a show that brings us all an escape from the stress of life and it's really great! spartacus fans are very loyal! will always love andy and he and blood and sand will be a classic, stand alone masterfully done series! long live andy! and cheers to all of the cast mates, i love you guys! oh and by the way, I have a middle name for lucy 'flawless" lawless!!!

July 23 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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