What We Do in the Shadows season two spoilers follow.
What We Do in the Shadows season two managed to somehow be even better than the first season, ending on a huge cliffhanger in the process.
Based on the movie of the same name, the mockmentary follows vampire roommates Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja and Colin Robinson as they – and Nandor's familiar Guillermo – go about their day-to-day life in Staten Island.
Season three has already been confirmed by FX after strong ratings, so we know that our favourite vampires will be back, but their lives are likely to be changed forever by the events of the season-two finale.
Before we go into those events though, major spoilers are ahead, so look away now if you're not caught up yet.
What We Do in the Shadows season 3: How does season 2 finale set it up?
Throughout the season, we saw Guillermo get increasingly fed up with Nandor's unwillingness to turn him into a vampire, despite the fact Guillermo was saving his life on a regular basis.
Unknown to the vampires, Guillermo has been killing vampire assassins sent to the house and it turns out he's quite good at it, likely due to the fact he's a descendant of Van Helsing.
At the start of the finale, Guillermo has left the Staten Island house for good, but Nandor, Laszlo and Nadja don't care as they've been invited to the Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires, a prestigious vampire event.
Little do they realise that it's actually a trap set for them by the Vampiric Council who sentence Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja and Colin Robinson to death for killing Baron Afanas in the first season.
Guillermo realises it's a trap and heads to the theatre to save them, resulting in him killing pretty much every vampire there and revealing his vampire-killing skills to Nandor and the others.
The Vampiric Council will likely be out for revenge in the third season, which will also have to deal with how the vampires deal with Guillermo being a bad-ass vampire hunter.
Series creator Jemaine Clement didn't give any hints as to what to expect in season three, mainly because he won't be involved in the writers' room this time around so doesn't have to deal with the huge cliffhanger.
"I'm leaving them with this big problem to work out. I think it's a good idea to end on a big cliffhanger, we did the same thing last season. Now they can figure out how to get out of this big mess," he explained.
It's unlikely that the show will go as dark as Nandor killing Guillermo, but perhaps he'll finally make good on his promise to turn him into a vampire, which could make him an even deadlier vampire hunter.
Equally, season three could just not really deal with the revelation and stick with the formula that's served the show so well up to now.
But if there is a change to season three's writing style, there's a pretty good reason for it. The team have had to completely reinvent how they put the episodes together.
“The positives are that the people writing season three are all the same people who wrote season two, so we all know each other," executive producer Paul Simms said (via Vox) So it’s not like you’re trying to get to know someone over Zoom."
"The other positive is during this uncertain time, it’s nice to see everyone every day, even if we aren’t getting much work done on certain days, to talk about things that aren’t related to sickness and death tolls. It’s nice to talk about just vampires murdering people and draining their blood. What a relief!"
"The negative part is that including me and Stefani, we have about 10 writers. And the maximum for Zoom that really feels like you can hear everyone and everything is probably about four or five. We’ve always debated splitting into separate rooms, but this season, we did a lot more writing separately."
"We would discuss what we needed to figure out, and then we would break. The next morning, we would go through and hear everyone’s ideas instead of the usual freeform back-and-forth. The worst thing is when someone is saying something funny, everyone starts laughing, and then it cuts off the second half of the funny thing being said."
We have had some hints about what could be coming, however.
"I will say that the vampires do get hellhounds to protect them,” Simms said via ScreenRant). “That’s all I’m saying."
Executive producer Stefani Robinson also dropped a key clue for fans: "There are some creatures that live on edifices."
For those who know the show, this is a big reveal: season 3 will have gargoyles.
What We Do in the Shadows season 3 episodes and release date
The confirmation of season three didn't come with any release date information and in a 'normal' year, we'd say you could expect it to start in April 2021.
However, with filming affected everywhere, it's unclear whether the show can stick to its usual filming schedule. Season two filmed from October-December 2019 ahead of the season's premiere on April 15, 2020.
So if filming does start on season three by the end of this year, it could well be that season three airs on Hulu on FX in the US and BBC Two in the UK around April 2021. But we won't know for sure until filming plans are confirmed.
"We’re trying to figure out when and how is the right time to do it safely," Simms said (via Vox). Our big plan pre-Covid was to start shooting season three much earlier, at the end of summer, so that we would have at least a few months that would be nice weather, because it is brutal shooting conditions when you get toward November, December, in Toronto [where the show is filmed]."
"But we’ve pushed that, and now we’re just doing what everyone else is doing, which is trying to figure out what the best safety protocols are and then how to even go beyond those."
"For actors, especially on a show like this where there’s so much improv, they have to be free enough to just improvise and live in those characters. And our show has some different hurdles to overcome than other shows. Stefani always points out that the Covid protocols would be easier if it was a show like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where people wear normal 2020 clothes, and their hair looks like whatever their hair looks like."
"But the cast members [on our show] have to have a team to actually get them into their clothes, and then there’s no way they could do their own hair and makeup. And then with stunt rigging and all that stuff, there’s a lot of complicating things that we still don’t have the answer for. Or a start date yet."
As for the amount of episodes, both seasons have been ten episodes long, so we can expect season three to stick to the same amount.
What We Do in the Shadows season 3 cast: Who's coming back?
There's a lot of deaths in the show, but fortunately none of the main characters are affected, so we can expect all of them to return.
So that's Kayvan Novak as Nandor, Matt Berry as Laszlo, Natasia Demetriou as Nadja, Harvey Guillén as Guillermo and Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson.
Potential returns include Craig Robinson as Claude, the leader of an amateur vampire hunting group, Mark Hamill as Jim the Vampire who still holds a grudge against Laszlo, and Mancunian necromancer Wallace (Benedict Wong).
If the Vampiric Council has a bigger role to play in season three, then we could also see the likes of Tilda Swinton, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Trejo and Wesley Snipes, who all played members of the council in the first season.
What We Do in the Shadows season 3 trailer: Any new footage?
Unfortunately, it hasn't even started filming yet, so we can't expect to see any footage from season three until early 2021 – that is, if the show starts production later this year.
What We Do in the Shadows airs on FX in the US and BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in the UK.
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