December 24, 2012 at 06:55 PM EST

Based on watching advance copies of the first two episodes of Spartacus: War of the Damned, the Starz franchise is coming back strong for its final season. Compelling new villains Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) and — hey, why not? — a young Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) are fun additions, while star Liam McIntyre seems more confident and comfortable in the lead role for his second time around. Here’s the show’s latest trailer that tosses aside most of the intrigue for some good ‘ol bloody hack-and-slash. Rarrr!

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