Andy Whitfield Leaving Spartacus: Blood and Sand – The star of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma last year and started his treatment in New Zealand. He was unable to film the second season of the show, and the producers decided to air a five part prequel in order to maintain the fan base that they had while he underwent treatment. The prequel would focus on building a number of other characters in the series in case Whitfield was unable to return after receiving treatment.
In June, it was announced that the second season would be filmed on October. Now, reportedly Whitfield’s cancer returned and the actor will not be able to act while he is undergoing aggressive treatment. The network has not said anything about the fate of the second season but many experts have predicted that they will cancel is temporarily, at least until Whitfield can confidently return to acting.
The show was a hit, and now they may be forced to drastically alter the plotline in order to keep it running. The series is based around his character, and it would be weird for it not to go on without him. Perhaps they will wait for him to undergo his treatment, but some have speculated that they may be interested in finding another actor to play the role, if even on a temporary basis, until they can return to their original plans for the series. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do.
All the best to Whitfield and here is a little word of encouragement for you:”A gladiator does not fear death. He embraces it, caresses it, fu*ks it! “