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What We Do in the Shadows Cast Break Down Their Season 5 Mall Adventure


The vampires of Staten Island hit the mall, steal a cop car, and translate a hex just like regular people in What We Do in the Shadows season 5.

Kayvan Novak as Nandor in What We Do in the Shadows season 5
Photo: Russ Martin/FX

This article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of What We Do in the Shadows season 5.

After the arsonist’s inferno, neglected fire insurance premiums, and financial ruin which befell Nadja’s (Natasia Demetriou) vampire club last season, and the final growth spurt which marked the return of the once and future energy sucker Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), What We Do in the Shadows season 5 returns to bloody basics. The opening double-header episodes, “The Mall” and “A Night Out with the Guys,” lean into Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s original 2014 comic creature feature film by putting the supernatural immortals in mundane modern settings, and newly adopted olde world recreations.

“We want to be seen interacting with something like trams, trains, and all sorts of different things,” Kayvan Novak, who plays the ancient vampire warlord Nandor the Relentless, tells Den of Geek. “For an audience, that’s always exciting to see. Because they can feel the sense of ‘I want to be like these characters.’ These characters are doing normal things. The same way that movie did. They’re going to nightclubs, hanging out in public places, eating chops.”

The season 5 opener, “The Mall,” written by Marika Sawyer and directed by Yana Gorskaya, spends the majority of its run in the very mecca of well-marketed mass groupings: a mall, complete with Build-a-Bear, a Goth gift store that takes expired oil change coupons as legal tender, and a carousel.

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