Why was a Spartacus incest storyline axed? (Blame Game of Thrones)

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Shocker! Executive producer and writer Steven S. DeKnight has revealed that plans were afoot for an incestous storyline in the upcoming second season of Starz's hit series Spartacus: Vengeance, but that they had to drop it because of a little HBO show called Game of Thrones.

Yep, that's what Steven S. DeKnight said in a recent interview with IGN, when DeKnight was asked why the hit drama series that's never shied away from sex in almost all its shapes and forms—straight sex, gay sex, group sex and rape—had not yet tackled one of the greatest taboos of all: incest.

You know, it's interesting because we did have an incest plot planned for Vengeance, with the twin characters of Seppius and Seppia, but when I heard that Game of Thrones had it as an integral part of the story then we decided to, let's say, tip our hat to it, as we drove past. But we didn't go there. And the only reason we didn't go there, even though it worked great for the story, is that we didn't want to repeat something that somebody else was doing. And Game of Thrones did it so brilliantly. All of us writers on Spartacus love Game of Thrones. It's just so well done. So the incest thing ultimately didn't make it into our story because we didn't want to repeat other things and it could easily be taken out. So we have to find our unusual extremeness in other ways. Which, believe me, by the end of season we do.

(If you will recall from the amazing first season of Game of Thrones, Queen Cersei [Lena Headey] and her brother Jame Lannister [Nicolaj Coster-waldau] indulged in an incestuous relationship. Cersei also later hooked up with her cousin Lansel [Eugene Simon]. Talk about family issues!)

In the most famous words of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus (John Hannah): Jupiter's ¢@¢&!

What do you think? Do you believe Steven S. DeKnight did the right thing by scrapping an incestuous storyline from Vengeance? Would it have been going too far? Or do you think they should have kept it?

Spartacus: Vengeance roars back to our TV screens in exactly one week on Jan. 27, on Starz.