Fans of iZombie have some of the biggest cliffhangers of any comic book show to bounce back from this season.
The series, which was written without a clear idea of whether it would even get a second season, ended with Liv’s little brother clinging to life, many of her loved ones turned against her, and a villain still on the loose — albeit without his special zombie powers.
Series star Rose McIver joined ComicBook.com for a quick chat about the forthcoming season during July’s Comic-Con International: San Diego.
The first thing I’ll ask is that you had a hell of a finale in terms of the status quo shaking up. It seems you’ll now have to come out, so can you talk about what that means?
When we got the finale, I just remember all of us cast sitting around page-turning as quickly as possible and just in shock. When I finished, I just ran to the writers and said, “Okay, so what happens in Season Two?” And they were like, “Hang on, we haven’t even been renewed yet,” but I was like “Okay, but I need to know!”
We pick up a few months later and so decisions have been made. Lives have been lost or lived through, and so it’s going to be…Liv’s world have changed a lot. A lot of people who mattered to her in her life know, and whether they accept her or don’t accept her is going to really shift a lot of the dynamics for Season Two.
There’s a desire on the part of the audience to kill Blaine, I think, but how great is it that you’re still going to have David Anders to play off of?
David Anders is the best villain ever. I start to worry about why he’s cast, always, as a villain. I’m like, “Are you a fundamentally bad person, Anders?” And he says yes, so…
He’s brilliant. He’s one of my favorite actors that I’ve worked with. We have a lot of fun. He does something different each time, which is refreshing. It’s like he brings an idea and then he plays, and he’s got a kind of commitment and power in his delivery, that I’m very glad is playing our villain.
From a craft point of view, there are some core relationships that Liv has where the dynamic doesn’t change a lot when your personalty shifts. How difficult is that, trying to portray Liv in a separate headspace but still kind of functioning as herself?
The good news is, I always look the same, so at least we have that. She doesn’t change and morph into a different being.
I don’t want to overthink it too much because I think the more you try to create a character, it becomes a diversion from what everybody’s got on board with who’s carrying us through the show. So I try to keep the essence of Liv there and almost like she’s inebriated with this new brain, or she’s on a trip of some sort. So it influences and it will come out in waves but it’s fundamentally still Liv and she’s still facing the same challenges.