It was a good time to be a fan of The CW’s Vertigo drama “iZombie” at WonderCon 2016. The series based on Chris Roberson and Mike Allred’s comic book was just recently picked up for its third season just as year two is getting ready to run to its finale.
Joining the panel were stars Rose McIver (Liv Moore), Malcolm Goodwin (Detective Clive Babineaux), Aly Michalka (Peyton Charles), Rahul Kohli (Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti), Robert Buckley (Major Lilywhite) and David Anders (Blaine McDonough) as well as executive producers/writers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright.
Discussion started with the Season 3 pickup which came as a shock to the cast instead of a happy surprise. McIver said when she got the call, she thought some terrible thing had happened from cancellation to someone getting fired, but soon everyone perked up.
Thomas spoke to the evolution of Season 2, saying, “We like to think of each season as a big story…we want to have a finale each year that’s going to be the completion. We knew it’d be a big Max Rager season and Blaine would try to take over Seattle’s criminal world…we wanted this to feel like the end of a big chapter in a five, six, seven-year story. I just finished a cut of this finale, and last year’s finale when Major went into Meat Cute with a shotgun, we thought ‘This is as big as iZombie gets.’ But this year’s finale is a massive episode. It answers things and sets up what will happen in Season 3. Our final episodes run back-to-back on April 12, so tune in for a big ‘iZombie’ night.”
Asked if the turn to next year would involve more ideas from the comics, Thomas said the plan has always been to take the “big idea” from the comic of a young woman eating brains to get memories. They’ll continue to spin that premise in its own direction while drawing mostly on the visual look of Liv as a character based on Mike Allred’s designs. McIver said that when she initially did makeup tests for the character, everyone knew what the look would be, but they had to try out other options just to be sure. After an ‘80s hair metal-style whig, they knew to stick to their guns.