Trollhunters executive producer Rodrigo Blaas mentions Lena and has only praise.
I would say Guillermo does help … I think part of the reason is that the kids and parents are both watching the show and liking it. [Headey] was amazing — she was like, ‘Oh, finally, I have a villain that my son can watch.’…
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Season two of DreamWorks’ Trollhunters takes a bigger step into Guillermo del Toro’s rapidly growing Tales of Arcadia.
Trollhunters has been one of DreamWorks Animation Television’s brightest stars. Created by award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the adventure series has charmed audiences and impressed critics since its 26-episode debut in late 2016. With a second season of 13 episodes having dropped Dec. 15, the series’ momentum has only increased as guest voice actors such as Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Star Wars icon Mark Hamill joined an already impressive cast that includes the late Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer and Ron Perlman.
And as the tale of Jim Lake Jr. and his role as the defender known as the Trollhunter gets darker and more complex, del Toro has not just a third season in the works but spinoff series 3 Below and Wizards that will form an overarching trilogy called Tales of Arcadia.
Executive producer Rodrigo Blaas spoke with Animation Magazine in early January about the show’s second season and its future.
What was the biggest difference between working on season two and on the first season of the show?
Rodrigo Blaas: In terms of the story and the narrative, we knew that we wanted to spend more time with the characters and develop them more in isolation and more individually, so we could actually push them. Also, we wanted to play with the darkness of it because it was the second season and it felt more like a second act … How much darker we could go without losing the fun and that adventure element that we always wanted to have in Trollhunters? The third difference was more practical one … One of the big important things for us was creating a Darklands that visually could match the richness of the Trollmarket, and I think it’s one of the sets that we are most proud of.
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