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Siren panel confirms more mermaids, more musical thralls next season

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Jul 19, 2018, 2:46 PM EDT (Updated)

After a killer debut season landed all the right numbers in its key, female-oriented demographic, Freeform’s mermaid drama Siren, Eline Powell’s Ryn is set to return in 2019 for a second season of P.O.’d mythical creatures. But before that hits in 2019, the cast and crew of Siren held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con explaining everything that went on behind the scenes in Bristol Cove.

Stars Powell, Alex Roe (Ben), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Maddie), Ian Verdun (Xander), Rena Owen (Helen) were in attendence alongside executive producers Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald on a panel moderated by TLC's Chilli. After the EPs noted that they almost had a huge, apocalyptic season-ender, they moved onto what's coming next.

Whitesell confirmed that more mermaids were coming to Bristol Cove while Wald explained that these newcomers would allow more exploration of the mermaids' social structure and culture. Wald also teased that some cast members on the panel may fall under the spell of the siren song over the course of the next season, with Whitesell saying that they'll be seeing how it affects characters in different ways.

Roe said that Ben's journey in season two will be "to get himself together," while Owen explained that Helen's secret mermaid ancestory was akin to "coming out of the closet." Meanwhile Verdun is still a little ticked that Xander was "gaslit" all first season. Evans-Akingbola, excited about the upcoming changes, confirmed that Maddie's mom will appear in season two after a ten month period being MIA.

Hammering home the female-led show, Powell said that the mermaids were a matriarchal society like that of killer whales, wolves, and elephants. Owen, asked about diverse women in genre, said that Siren is "one of the most diverse casts" she's ever worked with. Verdun chimed in, saying that the show embodied plenty of feminist elements with its large cast of strong women - though Owen did make her case for a love interest for Helen.

Season two of Siren, filming in Vancouver later this July, is coming sometime next year.

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