Originally Posted by Swanman
From what I could tell, they did the prequel because Andy Whitfield (Spartacus) got lymphoma so this bought them time for him to get better before filming season 2. However, poor bastard had a relapse so they had to recast the part of Spartacus. I believe this prequel "season" is six episodes.
That sucks. Andy Whitfield was good in the roll.