NYCC 2020: “What We Do In The Shadows” Panel

There is something about October. The air is crisp and the moon is bright. There is something about October. The costumes are formed and the lawns are decorated. There is something about October. The vampires are out and the thirst is real. There is something about October.

There is something about a familial construct of not one, not two but a quadrant of blood-suckers… and Guillermo, and a lot of humor that is fun to play around with. This New York Comic Con, we are met with the cast and crew of What We Do In The Shadows (FX).

Joining the conversation is Matt Berry (Laszlo Cravensworth), Kayvan Novak (Nandor the Relentless), Natasia Demetriou (Nadja), Harvey Guillen (Guillermo de la Cruz), Mark Proksch (Colin Robinson), Paul Simms (co-showrunner), and Stefani Robinson (co-showrunner).

During the time of COVID, Kayvan thinks that Nandor would order a lot of Amazon and take out the drivers. According to Matt Berry, they don’t even watch a ton of news in the abode, so they wouldn’t necessarily know there’s a pandemic. According to Natasia, they’ve been through so many pandemics, it’s almost passe to the crew.

In terms of Guillermo and his infatuation with his boss, Nandor, Harvey revealed that early on he made the choice to keep his character very emotional and toeing the line of what’s appropriate.

With Matt and Natasia and their musical episode, Matt had a lot of fun with it because he is a musician. Natasia had a gas singing the songs. Unfortunately, allotted for time, what we didn’t see was Mark Proksch was invited on stage to sing during the episode. According to Paul Simms, as an NYCC exclusive, the next season we may actually hear Colin Robinson rap!

As for this upcoming season, Harvey is looking forward to doing more action scenes. Kayvan loves the house meeting scenes. Natasia loves doing talking heads with Matt, doing anything with Mark and Kayvan because they always make her break character. Matt loves watching stuntmen doing the stuff his character’s supposed to do. Mark loves how the writers on the show giving the cast leeway with improvisation.

As a bit of a welcomed surprise, we are also joined by have Nadja’s doll join the festivities!!

According to Stefani Robinson, in the writer’s room, there are debates about what mythical creatures can be shoehorned in the series and still keep the world grounded. According to Paul Simms, as another exclusive, there are about 3-4 creatures we will see next season in addition to the house Hellhound. Ostensibly, leprechauns cannot exist in the world of What We Do In The Shadows, as creator Jermaine Clement was vehemently against it, so those were creatures that didn’t make the cut.

As per Paul in terms of a few spoilers, we will soon see there a road trip episode, a big Colin Robinson birthday episode, a throughline of Nandor looking for love, we’ll catch up with some old favorite characters (including the next-door neighbor.)

As a bit of fan service, the panel ends with a commercial from sponsor Lucky Brew’s starring the man, the myth, the legend, Jackie Daytona!

Overall, though the panel didn’t massively deviate from this past summer’s SDCC 2020 outing, there were just enough tidbits from the cast and showrunners to keep the blood pumping through the conversation. The few NYCC exclusive reveals were a real treat for fans and just enough to keep them salivating until next season drops. Though the running time was strictly enforced to a paltry half-hour, the banter betwixt the cast was something to behold, so I give it two fangs up.





Robert Kijowski
Robert Kijowski
Robert Kijowski is a script writer who enjoys a good chuckle and an even better weep when indulging in art both good and even better bad. He's written for pop culture and film websites alike. You can hear him on Spotify (After the Credits) and reach out on Instagram, X or by English Carrier Pigeon.

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