When last we saw Shane West as John Alden on “Salem,” all hell had broken loose and the body count appeared to be mounting by the second. West joined TheWrap’s Greg Gilman to share a little insight on that bloody season finale, and discuss the show’s first season.
“I feel like a lot of television, especially on cable, has started this thing — with ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ — of a lot of major characters suddenly dying, and I think that’s kind of upped the ante for a lot of shows to compete,” West says of “Salem’s” first-season ender. “In our case, all hell broke loose for the finale. It looks like many of the characters have passed away, it looks like many of the characters are okay, but maybe not.”
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Among those on the critical list is West’s character, who barely made it out alive. Though he jokes he has to be back for season two because of his contract, West adds, “We push the boundaries.”
West also talks about his digital comic creation with Arch Enemy Entertainment, the horror series “The Big Bad Wolf.” It’s part of what encouraged him to come to Comic-Con ahead of his “Salem” castmates — so he could help promote the series, and immerse himself in the spirit of the weekend.
“It’s exciting,” West says of the series. “It’s very dark, very edgy, and it’s a brother-sister team that are dealing with the curse of becoming a werewolf, possibly. If he doesn’t find the person who injured him and who cut him in five years, then he’ll fully turn. So he’s not an actual wolf in the series yet … but in the meantime, while they’re looking for this person to save his life, they become bounty hunters. So in our world, there are possibly zombies, there are possibly vampires and things like that, [and] they end up working with the FBI to kind of take down these things as their side bar mission.”
The five-year storyline was intentional, as West admitted that he’d love to see “The Big Bad Wolf” developed as a television series.
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