Could Major and Liv really have a relationship after what she did at the end of last season? Well, EP Diane Ruggiero-Wright answers that and more — including the chance of other ‘Veronica Mars’ faces that could pop up on season two of ‘iZombie.’
With Liv’s (Rose McIver) secret finally out, could Major (Robert Buckley) accept her? Well, it won’t be that easy, and he’ll definitely have a lot of obstacles to get through before we get there. But there’s still hope, Diane Ruggiero-Wright says! Yes, yes, yes, Liv and Major for the win.
How will Liv be different this season?
I think the first season was so much about keeping her secret, and now this season is like the fall out from everybody knowing about her secret. So theres a lot of her having to contend with that and things changing as a result of that — relationships kind of being defined, and there’s going to be a new pressure on her. The first season, the pressure was solving crimes and there’s going to be new, more active, pressure on her. I can’t be specific about it, but it’s going to be her in a preventing crimes mode, also.
Is there hope for Liv & Major?
There better be! How could you not? We lucked out when we cast Lowell (Bradley James), because he can compete with Buckley and the Major character. I really think that there is potential for them. We’re not very schmuck-baity, and if they’re broken apart, it’s not going to be like, every week they have a fight and then they break up. We’re not the type to just jerk people around. If they end, they end and then they get back together, it’ll be for a good reason. There’s hope, definitely.
And Major’s going to be a lot different this season, obviously.
And he’s going to get even more different. There’s a lot of changes for him. The Major storyline is one that I’m most proud of and that Rob [Thomas], I think to his credit, was talking about from the very beginning. Buckley had played a lot of the pretty roles — people didn’t know he was a good actor, [and] that he had this other side to him: he’s funny as hell and he can have an edge to him. He has range, and people look at him and they see eyebrows and abs, and they don’t realize that. When you have someone who is so compelling, you can push the envelope with him into territories where people are like, ‘Do I like him? I think I like him.’ There are definitely a lot of interesting things coming with him.
But how does he feel about Liv at the beginning on season 2?
In the beginning, he’s pissed. His life was completely upended in so many ways. He has all this stuff on himself that he feels she could have alleviated him of, and that’s not an easy thing to get over. He still has a legitimate gripe, and it’s going to take a little bit for him to get past it, rightfully, so we’re going to be honest about it.
And you’ll talk about a possible sex life with them?
Yes, that’s a big part of it.
How’s Blaine has a human?
He’s going to eat a lot of good food . . . it’s not going to break his stride. He will continue business, and will be branching out in bigger and better ways. Blaine is still going to be a formable entity. We have such good ‘big bads’ on our show. I think the dark side [of being a zombie], provided him with opportunities he didn’t have as a human, but I don’t think he enjoyed it just because of what happens to you when you eat the brains has such an affect on your life, it’s just not worth it.
Any new guest stars this season?
We just hired [Robert] Nepper as Blaine’s dad, which we’re very excited about. I’m sure we’ll have some party down, Veronica Mars alumni. Adam Rose who is Max, who I love. We’ll definitely have people that people will be excited about.
iZombie returns to The CW on Oct. 6.
— Emily Longeretta