NYCC: ‘Black Sails’ renewed for third season before Season 2 premiere

Oct. 11, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.

It seems more seafaring adventures are in store for the swashbuckling crew of the Walrus. The Emmy-winning pirate series “Black Sails” has gotten the green light for a third season, Starz announced Saturday at New York Comic Con.

The news arrives before the show’s second-season premiere, slated for Jan. 24. The series follows fearsome pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.”

Luke Arnold portrays John Silver in the years before he becomes the “Treasure Island” baddie.

A scene from "Black Sails." (Starz)

Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) in “Black Sails.” (Starz)

The series also stars Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, who runs the New Providence smuggling operation; Jessa Parker Kennedy as young prostitute Max; and Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane, a rival pirate to Flint. Season 2 sees Tadgh Murphy’s debut as Ned Low, a pirate with a penchant for violence.

“Black Sails” is created by executive producers Jonathan Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and Robert Levine (“Touch”), and produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”).

“Flint’s journey is riveting, and around him, Jon and Robert have woven an intricate web of conflict, betrayal, and redemption for the other characters that we believe will keep fans of the show coming back for more,” Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz, said in a statement, noting that the show has been well received internationally as well as in the U.S.

Season 1 of “Black Sails” set a Starz viewership record earlier this year, with an average of 5.3 million viewers tuning in for each episode.

Read the Season 2 official description below.

The Walrus crew is stranded, with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the precious Urca gold. And with their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret, Flint and Silver must join forces in a desperate bid for survival. Meanwhile, Eleanor Guthrie struggles to maintain her grip on Nassau, as a new breed of pirate arrives in the form of Ned Low, a man for whom violence isn’t just a tool … it’s a pastime. As blood is spilled, and tensions mount, Charles Vane must decide which he values more: Eleanor’s life, or the respect of his men. And unbeknownst to all of them, a prize of immeasurable value has already been smuggled onto the island … one whose discovery will alter the very landscape of their world, and force everyone in Nassau toward the ultimate judgment: are they men, or are they monsters?

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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