build that wall

Liv has a new un­dead re­al­ity in iZom­bie

SFX - - Red alert -

In iZom­bie’s third sea­son fi­nale, the se­cret of the un­dead came out as Seat­tle’s res­i­dents were turned en masse via a sup­posed flu vac­cine. The new sea­son finds Liv Moore’s city walled off, re­named New Seat­tle and the epi­cen­tre of mass hys­te­ria. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and co-showrunner Diane Rug­giero tells Red Alert that the whole sce­nario is un­like any­thing they’ve ever done on the se­ries.

“We’re start­ing three months later,” she re­veals. “There’s still some hu­mans stuck in [New Seat­tle] with the zom­bies and they’re kind of freak­ing out. And then there are peo­ple out­side the wall who are sick and dy­ing that know their sal­va­tion is be­hind that wall. They’re des­per­ate to get in there and they can’t. There’s a lot of anti-zom­bie hate-mon­ger­ing and fear. Maybe we can see what this is ref­er­ence to in the world to­day?” she laughs.

What does all of this mean for Liv (Rose McIver), who spent the bet­ter part of three sea­sons try­ing to hide her own brain-eat­ing is­sues? Rug­giero ex­plains, “One of the big­gest changes is that Liv is called upon to be a rebel in New Seat­tle. It brings out a dif­fer­ent side to her char­ac­ter. Be­fore she was pro­tect­ing her­self, or other zom­bies that she knew, and then hu­mans from zom­bies. Now she still has that no­ble, heroic side but also a level of re­bel­lion. She’s out in the crowd ac­cept­ing who she is.”

That’s plenty for just about any­one to con­tend with, and that means sea­son four won’t in­tro­duce a tra­di­tional Big Bad vil­lain like Vaughn Du Clark (Steven We­ber) or Carey Gold (An­jali Jay). “There is so much hap­pen­ing with the story that is dra­matic and op­pres­sive, that adding an­other Big Bad would be like a hat on a hat on a dra­matic hat,” Rug­giero jokes. “But Blaine (David Anders) is still Blaine. And we have An­gus (Robert Knep­per), his fa­ther, who is a reg­u­lar.”

iZom­bie re­turns to the CW in 2018. The show airs on Net­flix in the UK.

The cast of iZom­bie are ready for the fourth sea­son.

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