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What We Do In The Shadows

After the shocking season two finale, we find the housemates in a panic about what to do with Guillermo after discovering that he is a vampire killer. This season, the vampires are elevated to a new level of power and will encounter the vampire from which all vampires have descended, a tempting Siren, gargoyles, werewolf kickball, Atlantic City casinos, wellness cults, ex-girlfriends, gyms and supernatural curiosities galore. Plus, Colin Robinson is turning 100. And Nandor, faced with his own eternal-life crisis, tries to inject his life with more meaning. Will he find love or is he destined to be an immortal bachelor with 37 ex-wives?

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Meanwhile, Nadja struggles to tutor a young vampire (Jenna) to find her special ability and what it takes to be a bloodthirsty vampire; this leads to many hilarious failed attempts, with Jenna transforming into a hideous bat, as well as failing to feed off people due to her moral compass. This leads to one of the funniest jokes in the episode, with Nadja taking Jenna to a frat party full of "hot idiots", which causes Jenna to finally feed and find her special ability, making Nadja an extremely proud teacher.

And that's the case. Writer and producer Sam Johnson told Rolling Stone, "So much of what we have here is taken word-for-word from Paul [Simms]' son Charlie, who is 10 and loves Legos. There's a certain joy of a kid who is just so in love with something that he has no awareness of the people around him or what their interests might be." Along with providing research for the show on Legos and Roblox, Charlie and Simms' daughter Violet were responsible for the all-too realistic YouTube interjection: "They began saying, 'You know what? You should also put in something about [YouTube stars] Mark Rober and MrBeast.' And I'm like, 'Guys, I can't fit everything in.'"

SYFY WIRE got on a Zoom call with showrunner Paul Simms and Proksch to unpack the big turns in the episode and get the inside story on how weird it was to make Colin a singing, dancing star. Guess what? They also reveal who's responsible for that ear worm all season.

Paul Simms: No, we knew somehow he would be back to normal Colin Robinson at the end. But even when we started shooting the season we didn't know exactly how we were going to do that. But I think the main thing is we thought of this season as like a microcosm of childhood so he starts as a baby and grows into a teenager and then is a person who doesn't even remember all the help that he was given growing up. I think I'm anticipating what happens when my kids are older, which is what was inspiring me.

Mark Proksch: Yeah, it definitely breathed some new life into the character, getting to figure out what a child Colin Robinson would be like. And the time that I was doing the majority of my acting, the scenes were pretty locked and filmed. And so being able to improvise was definitely a challenge. I think we got a couple of things in.

Simms: Mark had to act in a way where it was like, "You have to have your head there, and you have to be looking exactly up there and the light has to fall on you this way. Beyond that, just feel free to do whatever you want but it has to fit in within the lines that we've already shot." [Laughs.] My favorite improv [from his], and it's so silly in the "Go Flip Yourself" episode, where he runs in and pushes something over and goes, "Bang!" Which is exactly the kind of nonsensical and annoying thing my own child would do.

Simms: And that came straight from my son Charlie. The thing I do like about "Guess what?" is the final time he says it is when he's a teenager and he's yelling as Laszlo when he goes, "Laszlo, guess what? I hate you!" [Laughs.]

Simms: There was an element of desperation because we write all nine episodes before we start a season and we don't write the 10th one until it's absolutely due. I was just thinking about the idea of kids growing up and what happened to them. It really was me trying to make the other writers laugh when they read the script. And then Matt did such a great job doing it very poignantly. Another thing that I just did to see if I could make the other writers laugh and then I loved the final result, is in the closing credits having the whole cast singing the song, which is just very expensive and very silly.

Simms: We also weren't sure what Mark's singing voice was going to be like, plus, the added element that his singing voice had to sound a little bit like a little kid. We had a backup version, but Mark ended up doing it all. He does his own singing.

Over the course of three seasons, the FX comedy has brilliantly mined genre lore and horror tropes to bring to life these characters and the world they reside in. While we wait to see what insidious antics the Vampire Council has up its sleeves or how the gang will persevere in season 4 after the events of the season 3 finale, sink your fangs into these 10 genre comedies that will surely quench your What We Do in the Shadows thirst.

Like Laszlo with his toothpick, so much of what happens on What We Do in the Shadows is simultaneously insane and a stroke of genius. Again and again, the show does things that defy basic narrative convention, yet, somehow, they work. 041b061a72


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