Annie Barrett
December 21, 2011 AT 08:34 PM EST

After watching this sweaty, sex- and fire-fueled trailer, it’s easy to see why Starz has already renewed its Spartacus franchise for a third season. The action picks up right where Blood and Sand left off, on the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus. New star Liam McIntyre shows promising heart, pecs, and facial scruff. Watch the trailer:

McIntyre took on the lead role of Spartacus after star Andy Whitfield withdrew from the series. Whitfield passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September.

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