iZombie‘s second season ended with no secrets between the team, and with Liv left to ponder a loaded question — “Are you with us or against us?” The DC comic turned CW hit spent much of the second season fleshing out its main characters and connecting them in what was revealed as a much bigger event. The introduction of Vivian Stoll (Andrea Savage) as the de facto zombie leader left fans wondering whether or not iZombie would move toward an actual human vs zombies conflict.

Stoll, as the CEO of Fillmore Graves, is going to get a lot more screen time in the third season, but co-creator Rob Thomas doesn’t exactly think of her as a villain. She and Liv don’t always agree on a course of action, but he told fans that she will not be the big bad. Now that Clive finally knows Liv is a zombie, the show is going to have a more cohesive feel thanks to this now unified team.

Rose McIver (Liv), Rahul Koli (Ravi), Malcolm Goodwin (Clive), Aly Michalka (Peyton), David Anders (Blaine), show co-creator Rob Thomas, and executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright spent most of their San Diego Comic Con panel talking about changes for season 3. Half the fun of watching iZombie is getting to see how Liv will react to the brains she eats. McIver said the writers had given her a list of about 50 or so brains and effects, giving her the option to veto only one. She decided not to use her veto, but later found out about one idea that had been left off the list: dominatrix brains.

When describing Liv on the dominatrix brains, Thomas teases imagery of Liv dressed as a nun hitting someone’s knuckles with a ruler. However, he says that fans have to wait for episode five to see just how much of the dominatrix made it past the powers that be. Other brain adventures we can expect are Liv and Major (Robert Buckley) eating “complimentary” brains; notably that of a father and daughter, with Liv eating the father’s brains and Major taking on the personality of a rowdy teenage girl.

More changes for iZombie‘s third season include a format shift for some episodes that give the show a more Law & Order feel, meaning Malcolm and Liv are going to be working cases that come to a close in the episode, then the following week will focus on the trial component and Peyton’s prosecution.

There’s also going to be some conflict within Peyton about her past relationship with Blaine and her budding relationship with Ravi; Liv and Major’s friendship may or may not turn into a relationship once again; and Clive will have to deal with the fallout of his break-up with Dale (Jessica Harmon) as both partners and a couple.

iZombie returns on The CW in fall 2016.

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