Catch the bloody good trailer for “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”

Starz has more extreme gladiator action in store to kick off the new year. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a prequel to the smash hit Spartacus: Blood and Sand, filling in the back stories of popular characters like Batiatus and Lucretia (John Hannah, Lucy Lawless), an ambitious couple who run a house of gladiators in ancient Rome. It also introduces a new character, Gannicus, played by Aussie Dustin Clare. The six-episode saga premieres Jan. 21.