After watching the Season 2 trailer, we’ve got two main thoughts. First, the folks at Interview with the Vampire have done it again. And second: Oh, what could have been—if only the AMPTP would make a fair deal with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. It’s so exciting to see the first footage of the TV adaptation’s version of the Théâtre des Vampires, as well as the first look at Delainey Hayles as the new-new Claudia.
But with that being said, it’s not exactly business as usual around these parts. So, we’re going to start off by getting the disappointing part out of the way first. And then, we’ll get to the good stuff.
So, the “if only” part goes a little something like this. We’re imagining a better world—a better timeline, if you will. In that alternate universe, writers and actors alike aren’t on strike. Because in that other timeline, there’s a contract that meets everyone’s needs. It’s one where people are paid fairly; also, workers aren’t on the verge of being replaced with AI. Basically, without listing every single issue at stake, some parallel universe includes all of these things. Because of that, there’s some version of reality where everyone is currently doing the usual SDCC stuff. And in this perfect world, there’s a panel at SDCC 2023. At this panel, the writers and actors get to tease us to death about Interview with the Vampire Season 2.
Just pause for a second and dream.
…and we’re back. Now, let’s dive in.
Anyone fancy a nice trip to the Théâtre with us?
So, here’s what we know about the upcoming season. Just like Season 1 did with Anne Rice’s New Orleans, these scenes simultaneously nail the spirit of the Théâtre des Vampires and brings it into a whole new era. Also just like last year’s SDCC trailer, it makes us basically think everyone and everything will be pure perfection. It’s actually a little bit insane how well this is done, especially with the series taking so many liberties with the source material.
There’s a particular scene in the film version of Interview with the Vampire that, in spite of the casting we may just die mad about, is one of the most heartbreaking and terrifying images ever. No, seriously. It’s the only part, in all that horror, that ever gave me nightmares. Just chilling, in a psychological “what if” sort of way, coupled with a heavy dose of “wow, people really view suffering as entertainment.” It’s the stuff of nightmares, and it’s the only part of this whole story that ever gave me literal nightmares. (Now, there may or may not be another scene, not much later, that leaves me pretty dead inside every time the ash blows in the wind. But the stage scene will forever haunt me.)
So, let’s talk about it. That scene that keeps me up at night involves a play, an enthusiastic audience, and an utterly tragic ending. This trailer for Season 2 hints at giving us that moment and everything that follows—this time with Assad Zaman as Armand (still not over that!). And all we can say is we’re ready to be destroyed. Furthermore, it’s kind of giving a Cabaret-meets-vampire-flick sort of vibe?
Anyone else picking up on that? Because that both would both fit the time period and make me, personally, yell all over the internet about how much it was made just for me since Cabaret is my all-time favorite. (And this dude with the slick-back hair is legit giving some weird combination The Master and Spike from Buffy, so add that to the “just for me” part.) Just saying.
Then, there are definite hints of Season 2 possibly correcting an error of omission or two. Right at the end of the trailer, Claudia asks about the portrait on the wall. Armand’s answer? “Our co-founder. Lestat de Lioncourt.” Yes, that’s correct. The Théâtre des Vampires co-founder is, in fact, our very own Brat Prince—and the
man vampire our dear Louis and Claudia thought they’d left behind in the States. So, if he happens to make another surprise appearance…
Actually, we’ll leave that right there.
Interview with the Vampire Season 2 is coming to AMC sometime in 2024. You can watch the trailer here.
So, yeah. We’re really looking forward to seeing what’s next. And, as a reminder, without writers and actors? It doesn’t exist.
What’s your favorite part of the new trailer, and what are you looking forward to the most? Leave us some comments!