The panel for the long-delayed second season of Starz’s drama Spartacus introduced the series’ new star Liam McIntyre but also included an update on the show’s beloved original star, Andy Whitfield, who had to pull out as he battles non-Hodgkin lymphoma. “He’s doing very well, from what I hear,” Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight said at the panel, covered by Vlada Gelman of our sister site TVLine. “Obviously, he’s very private about [it].” DeKnight and Whitfield have even discussed working together again, though the actor requested that it be in something where he’s not taking off his clothes again, a sentiment that elicited boos from the Comic-Con crowd. McIntyre called succeeding Whitfield “a really nice challenge… a great privilege and a great honor… a great responsibility.”

As for the upcoming Season 2 titled Spartacus: Vengance, the plan “is to kill more people,” DeKnight said.  “There’s an episode where we kill a lot of people. This season is just epic. It’s grand scale… It’s just a gigantic, gigantic season.” Also, a power struggle is about to emerge between Spartacus, Crixus and Gannicus. Here is a trailer for Spartacus’ upcoming second season: