Seasons one and two of the CW series iZombie put the characters in some tight spots trying to figure out the zombie/life balance, but season three will leave them wondering where they stand as the zombie apocalypse looms. At the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association panel, executive Producer, Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), revealed how the new season will change the game and address the bigger picture of the growing zombie problem.
“Season three has a much different feel than seasons one and two. Both of seasons one and two, there were big bads who were pretty clearly doing awful things and both seasons ended up, season one had a very cool showdown like a gunfight at the O.K. Corral and then season two topped that with a full-on traditional zombie movie at the end where they’re trying to escape from zombies. This season we wanted to do something very different.”
Season two ended with the reveal that there are way more zombies out there than we had previously seen and that they’re organizing. The zombie apocalypse is nigh but the zombies are intelligent, and despite also needing to eat brains, they just want to live normal lives – But first they’ve got to survive. They know how the world is going to react once they discover the abundance of zombies and the season two finale showed us they’re preemptively taking control.
Whether Liv (Rose McIver) will choose to fight for the zombies or humans is what season three will call into question. It’s less clear cut than the first two seasons and lets the series lean a little more into the drama part of the “zom-com-rom-dram.”
“In this season, you do not have such a clearly defined antagonist at the center of the show, in fact, the big mystery of season three for the audience is trying to figure out whose side are we on? The zombies at this military outfit Fillmore Graves just want to survive. Some of them are willing to go further than Liv might think necessary but who is in the right in this situation? That’s a big part of the question. No one needs to be nefarious in a blatant way. There’s much more figuring out who’s got the best plan for zombies moving forward.”
Ravi (Rahul Kohli), Liv’s sidekick/boss has been trying to understand the science behind her zombification in order to develop a cure. The introduction of Fillmore Graves will surely create friction between those that support the creation of a cure and those that think the zombies are a new apex predator that deserve to conquer. Thomas revealed how they’re building up to a season four where the complexity of zombie biology is brought to the forefront globally.
“We were really building to a season four where that will be a big issue. It does become more front and center in season three. We say at the end of season two, ‘Look, Liv and gang, there are not just 30 zombies in town. There’s an entire zombie military outfit bent on making the world safe for zombies if the day comes when they are found out.’ There are a lot more zombies walking around in the world and the issue is, is it better to be a zombie? Are you a higher functioning creature? Is this the next step in evolution? Those issues come up this year and hopefully they will come up even more in a season four.”
The change to a more complex plot is a great direction for the series to take. The procedural with the comedic bit where Liv eats a brain, attains some of the personality of whoever she ate, and uses it to solve the case is one of the best parts of the show. Blaine is one of the best on again/off again villains the I’ve seen. At some point it has to expand beyond that though, and as someone who doubted the longevity of a zombie TV series, I’m glad to hear that the writers have a plan that develops the series in a natural way into the next few seasons.
Season three of iZombie airs on The CW on April 4th, 2017.
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