DEAD SET

Dig­ging into the guts of iZom­bie sea­son three with Rose McIver...

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Ev­ery­body hide your brain –cult comic adap iZom­bie is back for a third sea­son.

liv Moore’s life as a se­cret zom­bie cer­tainly hasn’t been bor­ing, and ac­cord­ing to ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Rob Thomas, there’s plenty more for her to strug­gle with in iZom­bie’s third sea­son. With zom­bie-mak­ing en­ergy drink com­pany Max Rager a thing of the past, Liv (Rose McIver) will find her­self fac­ing a brand new Big Bad. “In their place is a new or­gan­i­sa­tion that we met in the sea­son two fi­nale: Fill­more Graves,” Thomas re­veals. “It’s a Black­wa­ter-like mil­i­tary con­trac­tor, ex­cept they are all zom­bies. They are es­sen­tially pre­par­ing for the day when hu­mans dis­cover that zom­bies are walk­ing among them. They want Liv to be part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. So in sea­son three, the bad guys are more murky. They’re ask­ing a real ques­tion of Liv: when the day comes when you have to choose be­tween hu­mans or zom­bies, what side are you on?” Em­brac­ing who she is now plays a big part of the sea­son’s dilemma for Liv, which ac­tress Rose McIver says she’s look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing. “I think the cure has be­come a con­flict,” she ad­mits. “Liv doesn’t want to eat brains, or not be able to have chil­dren. There are dis­tinct rea­sons why be­ing a zom­bie is in­con­ve­nient, but it’s a big part of her iden­tity now. She’s found a lot of pur­pose and mean­ing by help­ing peo­ple.” In the mean­time, Liv also has to con­tend with her for­mer fi­ancé, Ma­jor Li­ly­white (Robert Buck­ley), re­turn­ing to his own zom­bie sta­tus af­ter his “cure” wore off. Now they’re brain-eat­ing com­rades-in-arms, which McIver says opens the door for a lot of comedy. “Episode two has me eat­ing the brain of a pro­tec­tive fa­ther who has an angsty daugh­ter whose brain is eaten by Ma­jor. It’s go­ing to be great. Buck­ley play­ing a teenage daugh­ter is go­ing to be a howler,” she laughs. “Their dy­namic lends it­self to a lot of comedy. Plus our big sea­son arc is de­vel­op­ing. We have some great in­ter­wo­ven sto­ries now, so the brains can serve that in­stead of be­ing just pro­ce­dural.” But don’t worry, Thomas con­firms the show’s “brain-ofthe-week” for­mat isn’t go­ing any­where. “It’s so much fun and we like that there is a sense of conclusion at the end of ev­ery show,” he says. “We like the oc­ca­sional ‘no case of the week’, but it’s the rar­ity.”

iZom­bie sea­son three will air on The CW in 2017.

Not quite Dixon Of Dock Green.

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