Why is the rum gone? Probably because one of these cut-throats stole it. And you should thank your lucky stars they spared your life. If you’re looking for light-hearted humor and loopy swagger from your pirates, Black Sails is not the place to find it.

Starz new show, set to premiere Jan. 25, is a gritty interpretation of pirate life with a high body count and no remorse. The show follows Captain Flint (Toby Stephens, Vexed, Die Another Day) who is trying to find a 5 million dollar score and place himself as king of New Providence Island. A task made more difficult by the score’s elusive location, his crew’s dwindling faith and Captain Vane (Zach McGowan, Shameless) preparing to depose him.

Black Sails

If you’re ready for adventure and aren’t put off by a little blood (and nudity and death) then click here and watch the first episode for yourself. And after you do, let me know what you think in the comments.

Also, you can read full interviews with the stars and writers from when Whedonopolis was at SDCC 2013.

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