Comic-Con 2012: 'Wilfred' cast and producers talk dog suits, mythology and more
Yesterday at Comic-Con, I moderated the panel for FX's "Wilfred," which began with a screening of an upcoming episode that somehow managed to be even more disturbing than last year's episode (the one with Raffi, "the deepest throat in the stuffed animal kingdom"), and that launched a discussion that at times had me fearing would get us all banned from Comic-Con forever — yes, even Elijah Wood. For those who weren't there, all I will say is that it turns out there are some things you can't even show on FX, as showrunner David Zuckerman explained that one scene in particular will have to be altered before it airs in a few weeks. (It's what I believe is the season's seventh episode, titled "Avoidance.")
After that, we talked about Jason Gann's struggles with the Wilfred suit, which Zuckerman said feels like wearing sandpaper with hair, about Ryan's new office job (Zuckerman admitted that territory hadn't been as fertile as he had hoped), and everyone's love of Bear. (Gann added that they have to be very careful not to overuse Bear and make everyone love him less. Also, though they've tried this season to not refer to Bear by gender, someone realized that an episode last year referred to Bear as a he.)
The most interesting part of the panel — other than the audience Q&A wildly defying the Vegas odds and featuring as many questions (one) about "North" as about "Lord of the Rings" — came when someone asked Zuckerman the inevitable question about whether Wilfred is real or not. Zuckerman explained that the show is told from Ryan's point of view, and Ryan doesn't know what Wilfred really is, and then he launched into a larger discussion about the trickiness of any show with a mythology — up to and including a weird, funny FX comedy about an Australian guy in a dog suit:
"A lot of people are asking me, 'What are the answers? Solve the mystery.' And I'm like, 'Really? Do you really want to know? Because then why would you want to watch it?' We probably need to do an episode about this, where Wilfred teaches Ryan that it's the journey, not the destination. Enjoy the ride. If you think about all those shows with mythologies — 'X-Files' and 'Lost' and 'Battlestar Galactica' — there's a 50 percent chance that when everything is explained to you, you're going to think it's terrible, and you're going to hate it. And there's a 50 percent chance you're going to think, 'Oh, how delightful! That was totally worth it.' So just know right now, 50 percent of you are going to hate where you're going, but you might really like the ride up until the last 15 minutes — like in 'Battlestar Galactica.'"
(Note: I haven't seen last night's episode yet, and will likely be skipping a few reviews due to vacation, press tour, etc., but I will absolutely have a review up for "Avoidance" when it airs.)