'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena': Meet Dustin Clare as Gannicus
While we're thrilled to revisit Lucretia ( Lucy Lawless) and Batiatus ( John Hannah) in what Lawless refers to as their "honeymoon stage," a host of new characters also demand our attention - and perhaps most notable is Gannicus ( Dustin Clare).
Clare plays the rockstar-esque gladiator who represents a new, more ruthless House of Batiatus. The Australian actor is a relative unknown in the U.S., having several Australian series with middling success under his belt. He plays Gannicus with a bravado that somewhat echoes, without imitating, the performance of Whitfield.
All in all, it was an hour of what we've come to expect from "Spartacus" on Starz -- namely bloody fights, unexpected sexual escapades, and cinematic imagery. Heck, the premiere even threw some drugs and defecating. (Not together.)
What'd you think of the new, revamped "Spartacus" -- of course, minus the Spartacus part? Weigh in below.