Season 2 of Trollhunters is slated to debut on Netflix this week, and viewers will get to see how the sequence picks up after the killer Season 1 cliffhanger that noticed Jim (voiced by the late Anton Yelchin) journey to the Darklands all by himself, leaving his buddies behind out of a concern for dropping them. Followers have been ready for almost a full year to see what occurs subsequent, and the wait is happily virtually over. CinemaBlend lately spoke to Trollhunters executive producer Marc Guggenheim about Season 2, and he revealed this about how Season 2 was impacted by a sure side of Empire Strikes Again:
I do not need to go as far as to say that Empire Strikes Again was some extent of inspiration as a result of I really feel like that is an overstated factor. Everybody says that. I’ll say that one of many issues that actually made an impression on me once I was 10 years previous and watching Empire for the primary time was how a lot darker but in addition how a lot funnier it was than A New Hope. I feel humor makes drama extra dramatic and drama is made a bit extra compelling by humor. It was very a lot a part of our design to make the season darker. If you are going to go to the Darklands, it’s extremely onerous to keep away from making it darker. Additionally making it funnier is simply extra enjoyable. We positively referenced Empire Strikes Again loads within the writers room as we had been speaking about it. Once more, I really feel like several sequel or second season of one thing, everybody’s all the time somewhat bit impressed by Empire Strikes Again. It’s totally onerous to not be.
Trollhunters Season 2 was particularly impressed by Empire Strikes Back in how Empire amped up each the humor and the darkness for Luke Skywalker and his buddies. Marc Guggenheim’s feedback point out that we should always see some tonal similarities because the jokes are funnier and the darkish moments even darker. One thing tells me we cannot see Jim lose a limb proper earlier than Gunmar reveals that he is secretly Jim’s father a la Darth Vader, and I am positively guessing that nothing will set the stage for a reveal that Claire and Jim are secretly siblings within the third season. Trollhunters will clearly nonetheless go in its personal instructions, however points of Empire Strikes Again did have an effect on the planning for the second season.
The Season 1 finale did actually set the stage for extra darkness in Season 2, and never simply because poor AAARRRGGHH!!! appeared to be gone for good. Jim had promised Claire and his buddies that they might all enterprise into the Darklands collectively to try to rescue Enrique; his choice to lock his buddies out and open the gateway to the Darklands (in his admittedly superior new Eclipse armor) took him in a way more grim course. Even when he made his choice out of a want to guard these he cares about, it was a daring and really harmful transfer.
Additionally, as Marc Guggenheim stated in our chat, clearly touring to a spot often called “the Darklands” goes to see a rise in darkness. The percentages are fairly good that Jim will encounter creatures extra dastardly than he ever got here throughout in Trollmarket or wherever on the floor, and it is completely attainable that he’ll come to remorse leaving his buddies behind. Solely somewhat little bit of the Darklands appeared on the finish of Season 1, nevertheless it was sufficient to disclose the scope and scale of the place. Judging by that first look, Jim seemingly will not have a straightforward time even discovering Enrique, not to mention returning him to his household all by his lonesome. At the very least we are able to depend on a rise in humor!
Marc Guggenheim went on to disclose one of many biggest sources of humor in Season 2: Steven Yeun of The Strolling Lifeless fame. Yeun voices the bully by the title of Steve, and Guggenheim stated this concerning the character within the subsequent batch of episodes:
That was one thing that actually began from a spot the place you write in direction of the characters who you are having enjoyable with and Steve and Eli had been plenty of enjoyable in Season 1, and we simply began gravitating in direction of them. They’re a big a part of why Season 2 is funnier than Season 1. They threaten to steal the season.
Even when Jim has to cope with some extra grim components in Season 2, we are able to depend on some laughs courtesy of characters like Steve and Eli. Trollhunters Season 1 actually showcased Steven Yeun as a performer who can deliver the laughs after his a few years of very serious stories on The Strolling Lifeless, and we are able to count on extra of his comedy in Season 2. All issues thought-about, it feels like we’re in for a season balancing enjoyable and darkness a la Empire Strikes Again, and that may solely be a very good factor.
Trollhunters Season 2 will premiere on December 15 at 12:01 a.m. PT on Netflix. There’s nonetheless time to look at (or re-watch) the 26 episodes of Season 1 when you’re within the temper for a binge. The present was just renewed for a 3rd (and closing) season, which signifies that there will probably be yet one more batch of episodes to return following Season 2. Keep tuned to CinemaBlend for extra on Trollhunters! For what you can watch on broadcast tv within the not-too-distant future, you’ll want to try our midseason TV premiere guide.