The iZombie panel at Comic-Con was jam-packed with season 2 surprises and frivolous fun.
Here’s the top six highlights from the brainiest panel at Comic-Con.
In a surprise announcement, the iZombie producers revealed that Liv’s best girlfriend and roommate Peyton will indeed be back in season 2, following her freakout over Liv’s zombie-ness.
Still aren’t convinced? Aly Michalka was a surprise guest on the panel! Which in all likelihood means she’ll finally be a series regular going into season 2.
During the panel, Aly Michalka talked about how her favorite thing about Peyton is her unwavering loyalty. Despite Liv’s meltdown and their growing differences, Peyton sticks by her friend and tries to help her through it.
Ravi/Peyton gets an official ship name
Now that Peyton’s back for good, the Ravi/Peyton ship can sail full steam ahead in season 2. Aly Michalka talked about how she’d love to get to see more of who Peyton is aside from her relationship with Liv… and this includes more lovin’ time with Ravi.
The iZombie cast polled the Comic-Con audience on an official ship name for the duo and now it’s officially settled: #TeamPavi.
Season 2 will feature a new Big Bad that we’re already familiar with…
At the close of last season, the head of Max Rager mentioned that he would be on the hunt for Seattle’s zombies, and coming up next season, that’s exactly what he’s going to do. Rob Thomas talked about how this puts the zombies in an interesting predicament, because now the same zombies who were on the offensive in season one will be firmly on the offensive as Max Rager starts hunting down and killing off Seattle’s zombies.
The good news is: this turn of events will force Liv and Blaine to become “strange bedfellows with a common enemy.” Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero talked about how much they loved seeing Liv and Blaine on screen together, but it was hard to get it to work in season one because they were on opposing sides. Next season, we’ll be getting plenty of Liv/Blaine face time.
Maybe, MAYBE, a new ship could set sail. Maybe. Someday.
So, since Liv and Blaine will be spending so much time together… does that mean love could possibly be in the air for this dynamic and slightly demonic duo?
“Stop reading my diary!” Diane Ruggiero jokes. As for the potential romantic pairing, Ruggiero is one-hundred percent for it, while Rob Thomas has firmly vetoed the idea for the moment because Blaine is a self-serving mass-murderer. To this Diane Ruggiero answered, “If anyone can get away with killing homeless children, it’s David Anders!”
After much prodding amongst the panel, Rob Thomas finally gave in: “If he turns over a new leaf, maybe, maybe, we’ll think about it.”
Clive will get a lady love of his own
When asked what he’d like to see for Clive next season, Malcolm Goodwin mentioned that he’d “like to see who Clive’s dating.” “You’re in luck!” Rob Thomas answered. Detective Babineaux will be getting a love interest next season.
Malcolm Goodwin also revealed the mystery of why Clive was so ready to accept Liv’s psychic powers from the start: apparently in the pilot, Clive talks about his Great Aunt Debbie who was a psychic, but for the sake of time, the scene was left on the cutting room floor. We will hopefully get to see it on the iZombie DVD, though!
Now that everyone else is finally in on Liv’s secret, does Malcolm Goodwin hope Clive gets to find out soon as well? Actually, no. Goodwin said he enjoys getting to play the “Lois Lane” of the series by being the only person who doesn’t know what’s actually going on with Liv.
And the first three brains of season 2 are…”
Rob Thomas left us with a tease for season 2 by revealing the first three brains (and episodes) of next season.
Episode 1: Grumpy old man brain.
Episode 2: Bro-licious frat boy brain.
Episode 3: Real Housewife of Seattle Brain.
What other brains does the cast hope to see in the future? Rose McIver talked about what a challenge it is to get a new script each week and hope that the brain is something sort of in her wheelhouse, but it often is stressful trying to do things like learn Bulgarian in a week. Next season, she hopes to get more brains based on things she’s actually good at, like playing the guitar, or getting to speak in her native Kiwi New Zealander accent!