What We Do in the Shadows finished up an excellent and funny season two last month. On Saturday evening, the gang came back together for Comic-Con@Home to discuss and look back at the most recent season as well as tease what’s next. In attendance were stars Kayvan Novak (Nandor), Natasia Demetriou (Nadja), Matt Berry (Laszlo), Mark Proksch (Colin), and Harvey Gillén (Guillermo) and executive producers Paul Simms and Stefani Robinson.
Gillén started off discussing Guillermo’s conflict between carrying out his destiny as a Van Helsing descendant with his desire to be a vampire. During his time in service, the familiar had grown loyal to the housemates. Gillén himself had to hit the gym for all the stunt work but made it simple thinking of it as dance choreography from a musical.
Novak then chimed in on Nandor’s dysfunctional relationship with his servant and their co-dependency. No one else in the house listens to him but Guillermo and the actor is curious how their connection will evolve knowing that Nandor can be killed at any time.
Demetriou spoke about working with her mini me, whom she also voiced. It was easy for her to improvise with herself because she’s such a fantastic actress. It was the first time she worked against someone as good as her. Later, Berry mentioned for “Collaboration”, he wrote numerous songs that Laszlo and Nadja were to perform at open mic night and both he and Demetriou were surprised which ones made the final cut.
With regards to guest stars, Robinson described how visa issues and talent schedules (they shoot in Toronto around the holidays) can make it difficult to lock them down. However, with Mark Hamill, they had ample time to write the part geared towards him. Also, the pool cue light saber moment was created on set by the stunt coordinators and director. It was such a moment that Berry couldn’t help but giggle like a fanboy while filming.
It’s not all fun and games on set. They predominantly shoot at night and it can mean long hours until dawn. At first it seems like a fun sleepover but seven weeks in it takes its toll. At least the house they film in is awesome. Everyone marveled at how detailed and authentic it feels for a vampire house. Some of them even took props back home with them like the artwork.
Finally, Simms shared some tidbits for season three of What We Do in the Shadows. Nandor is feeling lonely and searches for love. Colin never knew how he became an energy vampire so he sets out to learn his origin story. The series has expanded on the supernatural world by including trolls and witches. Coming up, the gang get a hellhound to protect them and Robinson said we might see some creatures that hang out on edifices (Gargoyles?).
It was awesome seeing these people again and that’s why it was one of our early TV picks of SDCC.