Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas’ newest series iZombie has quickly managed to work its way into viewers’ hearts (to say nothing of their brains) by combining equal parts mystery, drama and humor into every episode. In just the three short months since its premiere, iZombie has garnered tons of critical praise, and The CW recently picked up the midseason drama for a second season.
Now on the night of its season finale, fans are probably wondering what will become of Liv (Rose McIver), Clive (Malcolm Goodwin), Ravi (Rahul Kohli) and Major (Robert Buckley) after last week’s cliffhanger. Well, while the penultimate episode left a lot of storylines up in the air, the finale promises to answer most of them, as well as provide some long overdue reveals.
However, one of the big questions that Thomas refuses to answer in his new interview with Collider is whether villain Blaine (David Anders) will be back for season 2. The character has certainly made a big mess of Liv’s life, and he’s even responsible for killing Lowell (Bradley James). So Blaine is the character fans love to hate, but will he meet his untimely end? Thomas’ answer makes it sound like Anders may be sticking around:
It’s so funny, people love to hate [Blaine]. He’s a character that every writer on staff wants to write for ‘cause he makes things delicious. He’s been given the complete green light to go for it on the material and chew as much scenery as he wants to, and it’s been fun. He certainly gets put through the ringer in the finale, but I’m not sure where people want him to end. I’m not sure if they want the satisfaction of seeing him dead, or if they want to see him continue on in the show. On ‘Game of Thrones,’ I want to see Ramsay Bolton cut up into little bitty pieces, and I want to see Cersei get hers, but I want her to continue being in the show.
As for Peyton, Thomas confirms that actress Aly Michalka could be coming back in season 2. Liv’s best friend and roommate recently ran away to parts unknown after finding out about Liv’s secret life as a zombie. She’s not expected to appear in the finale, but Thomas hopes she’ll return next season:
Unfortunately, we don’t have Aly [Michalka] as a series regular and we had a certain number of episodes we could afford to put her in, and we were at our limit there. But, we all love her and we love writing for her. The danger of having someone that’s a guest star is that you can lose them, at any time. At the time we were doing this, she was shooting a pilot and we thought, “There’s a chance we’ll never get to see her again, if her pilot goes and she’s on a show for the next few years.” Her show did not go, so what we did with her gives us the opportunity to bring her back.
It’s also nice to know that the writers have already started breaking stories for season 2 and have a clear, detailed plan for what’s coming up ahead. iZombie has only been picked up for 13 episodes at this point, but Thomas says the show is hoping to get to 22. Like most shows, if they can prove themselves with the first order, they might be able to get an additional back 9.
So that means fans need to continue watching and telling friends about the show. With niche series like this one, which is based on a comic book about zombies, word of mouth is key to the show growing its audience. So Thomas gives one last push to people who maybe were thrown off by the show’s subject matter, saying:
I specialize in shows that sound dumb on paper. The comment that I see all the time is, “For a show with this premise, it’s better than you might think it would be,” whether it’s a teenage girl private eye, or a zombie who eats brains and solves crime. It’s not like we’re doing arthouse fair, but I think it’s a fun show. It’s smarter than maybe the premise would lead you to believe. I certainly hope that fans of ‘Veronica Mars’ are checking it out, and I think a lot of them are. I also think that The CW is going to re-air maybe most of the season this summer, so there are some real opportunities to check it out.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to season 2 of iZombie? What do you think should happen in the finale and going forward? Let us know in the comments.
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