Zombie armies are so hot right now. Before the White Walkers on Game of Thrones can make their way to Westeros, the undead of iZombie have started to militarize and prepare for battle in Seattle. The season 3 premiere of The CW’s cheeky crime-solving zombie series introduced us — and Liv (Rose McIver), Major (Robert Buckley), and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) — to Fillmore-Graves, the organization run by Vivian Stoll (Andrea Savage) that’s in the process of training an army of hunky zombies to eventually battle the humans (and, obviously, fill more graves). Which, as you might expect, could be a bit of a problem for Liv and her human pals.
To shed some light on the issue — and to give us a little scoop on the love, lust, and brains yet to come this season — we skipped the tanning and dyeing and turned to executive producer Rob Thomas instead..
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You said previously that the question of loyalty to humans or zombies would be a central theme this season — and we saw some of that in this premiere. Can you talk a bit more about where that’s going to go?
ROB THOMAS: There is going to be a humans-versus-zombies storyline that makes its way throughout the season, and Liv is going to be right in the middle of it. It’s the big questions she’s going to be asking herself. And she will want to know: Can I trust Vivian Stoll?
Well, can she?
Vivian is not a mustache-twirling bad guy. She is a person who is doing what she thinks is best for the 200-300 zombies that she is the boss of. And very early, we see as she explains the situation to Liv and Clive and Major, Major seems totally on board, and Clive seems totally not on board, and Liv seems somewhere in the middle. And that dynamic kind of plays out throughout the season. Sometimes she believes in Fillmore-Graves’ mission, and sometimes she’s less inclined to believe in it, and it’s a struggle and it’s a mystery right up to the end of the season.
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Are we going to see Major falter on it at all?
Major is a pariah in Seattle. He is a guy who most of Seattle thinks even if he was not the Chaos Killer — because most of those people have returned, so they know he didn’t kill them — most people think he was involved somehow, so it’s hard for Major to get a date or to go anywhere where people don’t eye him suspiciously. And the one place where he’s going to find a home is with his fellow Fillmore-Graves people, with the zombies out there.
Is he going to meet other lady-zombies there, or are Liv and Major shippers going to have anything to get excited about this season?
There are some treats in there for Liv and Major shippers — that I will promise — but Major has a couple different love interests in the season. One I would describe as good for him, one I would describe as not so healthy. And as does Liv. Suddenly, she went from there being no zombie men for her to choose from in the world to there are a couple hundred very fit young zombie soldiers. So yeah, the world has opened up for Liv’s love life. So they both have love lives this season, and they certainly have their moments together as well, but this is not a big year for them dating.
Can you tease anything about where the Peyton-Ravi-Blaine love triangle is going to go?
I will promise that it is going to play out. You’ll get some answers soon.
What are some brain personas in the pipeline for Liv?
Jackass brain is one of our favorites this year. Imagine that Liv ate Johnny Knoxville’s brain. And dominatrix brain is one of our favorites this year as well. We brought back some of our favorite people — Ken Marino is in that episode, and Johnny Frost (Daran Norris) is in that episode. Preschool teacher brain was fun.
How does Clive knowing about zombies change the dynamic as he and Liv try to solve cases?
One of the reasons we were so reluctant to put Clive in the loop is there was so much comedy we got out of him not knowing, out of Clive reacting to Liv’s strange behavior. Malcolm just made us laugh all the time, and we thought we were going to be losing all those laughs once he knew. … And the thing we found — and we should’ve known this before we did it — is that we don’t actually lose the laughs.… The fact that he knows why she’s behaving so strangely, he’s still trying to pull it together and have an effective interrogation. Knowing that Liv is on dungeonmaster brain does not make that any more comfortable for him.
Are we going to see Liv’s family come back at all?
That is probably dead. We just found we didn’t have the space to do it well, to do it correctly. It’s one of those things where once we did a brain of the week and then the Major story and a Blaine story and once we serviced all of our series regulars, there’s just no space left in our episodes. Originally when we were doing the show, we thought that there would be room for her family and to go back to them from time to time, and we just found we didn’t have the space.
iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW