Per our sister site Deadline, though Stapleton had pre-filmed some scenes so as to free up time to promote his upcoming film 300: Rise Of An Empire, production on the Cinemax series will continue through March, shooting around his absence, but then pause for six months, as Stapleton recuperates and returns to the peak physical condition needed for the action- and stunt-heavy drama.
As such, there stands the chance that Strike Back‘s final 10-episode season won’t premiere in late summer as projected.
A statement from HBO/Cinemax and its Strike Back producing partners, posted to Deadline, reads: “After an off-set accident involving Sullivan Stapleton, there has been a change in the Strike Back production schedule. Following completion of shooting in Thailand, production in Hungary will be on hiatus to allow him time to recover. We plan on resuming production in the fall. HBO/Cinemax, Sky and Left Bank Pictures all join in wishing Sullivan a full and speedy recovery.”