When "iZombie" kicks off its second season (premiering Oct. 6), expect to see a softer, more compassionate -- dare we say, humanized -- version of Blaine.
HA. HA. HA. As if! In fact, this season, the menacing former zombie is back, and badder than ever. Apparently, humanity can't keep a good zombie down.
"We're humanizing him quite literally this season," David Anders joked to MTV News while promoting the home release of "iZombie: The Complete First Season" on DVD and Blu-ray, out Sept. 29. "But he's still the smarmy charmer that he always was, even with his newfound humanity."
Blaine has found a new facility for his black-market brain business, one that's even more disturbing than a butcher shop. (RIP Meat Cute.) And thanks to a little hair dye, he's been able to convince the zombies in town that he still walks among them.
"He's still got the blond hair, so I think it's obvious that he's still pretending to walk amongst the dead for business purposes," Anders said. "He does have a new business, and there's a lot less killing."
Of course, where would Blaine be without his thuggish lackeys? Major may have taken out his old crew, but it didn't take the charming Big Bad very long to find a new zombie squad.
"He still surrounds himself with big dudes who can protect him and his best interests. He had to re-up, obviously," he said. "We've got this great new henchman called Chief this year that fans are gonna love."
As for Blaine's new, slightly more sophisticated ~aesthetic~ in season 2, don't get it twisted: he's still rock 'n' roll.
"He still wears the Blaine special, the Billy Idol chic -- and he still gets that hair spiky," Anders said. "He's got the cool wardrobe, as well as a more square wardrobe for his new job. It's nice to play Blaine in a suit."
Blaine might not have an appetite for brains anymore, but that doesn't mean he's off Liv's radar. After all, Ravi's cure wasn't 100 percent tested (as you can see in the deleted scene, below, from the season 1 finale "Blaine's World"), so there could be a chance zombie Blaine returns. But for now, they'll have to work together against a new threat.
"They're going to put aside their past, so that they may see their rocky future for a bit," Anders said. "They have to be teammates, but they don't have to be friends. Not all teammates like each other. Teammates don't have to like each other to win the game. That's where they're at. But who knows! There might be something down the line where Blaine just absolutely wins her over, but I can't promise that."
There's also an interesting power balance balance between the two this season, as Liv finds herself with the upper hand because of zombie reasons.
"She could absolutely take my head off with the flick of her wrist, but that's not in her makeup," he said. "She doesn't want to do that. She doesn't want to be a killer. She's had opportunities to kill Blaine in the past and she didn't take them. But Blaine is a bit warier around her because he doesn't know what's going to happen."
Bliv fans are the only ones who should get excited. Blaine and fan-favorite Ravi will also share more screen time together this season.
"There's some fun Blaine/Ravi stuff coming up," he teased. "We called that Blavi. Rahul [Kohli] and I just did some fun stuff for episode 5. People are going to love that."