SDCC 2016: Interviews with the Cast and Producers of ‘iZombie’

iZombie SDCC ’16
iZombie SDCC ’16

And you thought the love triangle in iZombie was Ravi, Peyton, and Blaine. Credit: Warner Bros/The CW

Still reeling from the crazy goings-on from the second season finale of iZombie? Wondering what on earth is going to happen to your favorite ‘Team Z’ gang in season three? Well, you’re in luck!

At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, we got the chance to sit down with the cast and producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright of iZombie and they answered all of our burning questions.

What can we expect to occur with the Ravi/Peyton/Blaine love triangle? Will Liv be on the good side of new Max Rager boss, Vivian Stoll, or bad? And of course, what are the upcoming brains in season 3? All these questions and more are answered!

Alyson Michalka-Ringer (Peyton Charles):

First, I would just like to say that finally Alyson Michalka-Ringer is being promoted to series regular in season three! About time! Oh, the upcoming story-lines and character development that await you. The “cat is out of the bag” with Ravi knowing about Blaine and Peyton’s interactions and chemistry. Peyton is stuck in the middle between these two guys: “Ravi, who I kind of ultimately think she’s meant to be with,” Michalka-Ringer describes, “and Blaine, who she’s physically attracted to and has this strange chemistry with that she kind of can’t explain.” She doesn’t know who Peyton will necessarily end up with, but the three developing relationships will definitely be explored. “Deep down is he a good person?” and “Do I bring out something in him that actually is positive, and actually is sensible?”, are two questions Alyson thinks Peyton will continually ask herself this season about Blaine. Don’t make me root for Blaine, iZombie writers! Mr. Boss will still very much be an issue for Peyton, as well as helping Liv capture the bad zombies versus the good.

David Anders (Blaine “DeBeers” McDonough):

Everyone’s problematic zombie/human fave-turned-potentially-good-guy-with-his-memories missing is excited about the continuing love triangle, too. How can he not when he’s acting alongside Aly and Rahul?  He doesn’t know where the love triangle will go in the upcoming season, but he’s excited to see how it’ll play out. The last we saw of Blaine, he was suffering some serious memory loss due to the cure. But is all of his memory loss an act? “I don’t really know if he is or not,” David responded once the question was asked. “I like not knowing actually and I’m glad they haven’t told me, so I can play the truth of it.” Does he think memory-loss Blaine would actually want to know all of the terrible things the real Blaine has done? Absolutely not. David later spoke of how he portrays his antagonist characters. “You can’t play it bad. You know what I mean? You gotta play it like, ‘this is his right’.” Personally, I prefer flawed villains with continued backstory/character development; Blaine certainly has both. Funnily enough, David also states that Blaine is the one character that he’s portrayed that’s most like his actual personality. “They really write for our voices, for ‘us’ really well.” I mean, why do you think Blaine sings all the time now?

Rahul Kohli (Ravi Chakrabarti):

Rahul teases what’s to come with the newly introduced zombie group that Liv was confronted by in the second season finale. Both Vivian Stoll and Liv are protecting the zombie community, but are going about doing so very differently. Ravi’s main story-lines in this upcoming season will be finding the cure (which will probably be his ongoing goal until the series’ end, let’s be honest), and the much talked about Peyton/Ravi/Blaine love triangle. “I don’t know if he knows he’s in one,” Kohli said about the love triangle. Regardless, his character is obviously heartbroken over it. Is anyone as curious as I am to wonder how Peyton’s “relationship” with Blaine will affect Ravi? Will we see Ravi try to become more of a macho male figure?

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