It seems like Netflix has just about anything, and if you’re jonesing for some anime-style animated action, Voltron: Legendary Defender has you covered. So, what’s coming next after that epic Season 1 cliffhanger?
We chatted with producer Joaquim Dos Santos and story editor Tim Hedrick to talk about what fans can expect from the new season of Voltron, and the challenges of creating a series that can appeal to kids and adults alike. **Season 1 Spoiler Alert** They also talk about the approach to the character Pidge (voiced by Bex Taylor-Klaus), and how they handled the introduction of her gender swap.
In the original series, Pidge was a boy, but in the Netflix series, Pidge is a girl pretending to be a boy, as a disguise to fit in as a paladin student and does so as a means to find her family. It's not an outward transgender situation, but the third epiosde of Season 1 touches lightly on some of the identity crisis that transgender individuals come across, when Pidge reveals herself to the rest of the team. What with the "bathroom bills" appearing across the country, making Pidge into an independent, brave character experiencing this struggle, for which audiences can empathize with and root for, is a LGBTQ-friendly, progressive victory in the makeup of the show's cast, since Pidge's and Princess Allura's stories drive Season 1 forward. Dos Santos and Hedrick also talked about making each character relatable and finding ways to explore that with the audience.
Let's not forget about that jaw-dropping cliffhanger from Season 1 (seriously, it’s legit), and the decision to cut the episode in that manner to leave fans wanting more. Luckily, the show returns with a new 13-episode season later this year, so answers are definitely coming soon. The Voltron Legendary Defender creatives also drop some nuggets on what to expect when the show returns.
Check out the interview below and let us know what you think: