ECCC 2018: Voltron: Legendary Defenders panel teases exciting details from Season 5

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Feb 25, 2019, 2:03 PM EST (Updated)

Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defenders enters into the heart of war with its fifth season, where nobody is as trustworthy as they seem and good becomes blurred with evil.

The rebels and Team Voltron owe their lives to former foe Prince Lotor (A.J. Locascio), whose loyalties are currently unknown. This is all much to the chagrin of his father, the evil Emperor Zarkon (Neil Kaplan), who declares “the dawn of a new age of warfare” on the Paladins that have taken more than 30% of his empire away.

While speaking with SYFY WIRE at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington, stars Jeremy Shada (Lance) and Josh Keaton (Shiro), executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, and design supervisor Christine Bian discussed the animated series’ Season 5. Shada and Keaton noted that neither of their characters’ predecessors influenced their take on their performances in the Legendary Defenders, though they did note that the “fresh” take is still full of easter egg references to the original series.

Dos Santos said that “we wanted the show to be colorful, we wanted the show to be campy, and flashy, and fun.” This all came from the creators’ memory of the original show, which allowed them to pay homage to what they remembered fondly while having those aspects of the show that were a little hazier in the memory banks to be their “wiggle room” for updating the series. The panel then went on to screen the first episode of Season 5, which was an exclusive premiere for ECCC attendees, ahead of the season dropping on Netflix March 2.

Following the screening, Bian teased some exciting design elements to the new season, and told fans of the show to watch out for Zarkon’s new suit. “His armor … I’m very excited to see that in action!” she said. Meanwhile Montgomery hinted that Princess Allura will continue to be “one of the most tested characters on our show.”

Whipping the crowd into a frenzy, Dos Santos then answered a question from fans about why Keith is so antagonistic, prompting him to tease that there could be some flashback scenes in the cards. “We would love to show you all the flashbacks [of the characters]; we would love to do a whole spinoff of flashbacks,” he said to rapturous cheers. 

Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 5 becomes available March 2 on Netflix.

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