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5 Things We Learned About Intruders at Toronto Comic-Con

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This may be the year of the subtle, genre-deconstructing zombie series. Back in the spring, Space aired The Returned and In the Flesh, and now Intruders is set to premiere on August 23 at 10e 7p. (Right after the season premiere of Doctor Who!!) Created by former X-Files producer/writer Glen Morgan, the show follows disparate characters whose bodies have been possessed by “intruders” who want to use them as their own. (Not exactly “zombie,” but the vibe—and broad themes—are there.) You can watch our trailer here, or read on for more tidbits from Comic-Con!

1. It’s weird (in a good way)

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Here’s how Katharine Trendacosta started her review of the pilot for io9: “My first impulse was to write a review that was just the word ‘what’ over and over. Because Intruders is actually that weird.” We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to us. Apparently the premiere episode is less about revealing the premise of the show than it is about revealing a series of yet-to-be-explained-in-any-way mysteries.

2. It revolves around the concept of “immortality”

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When series stars Mira Sorvino, John Simm and James Frain stopped by the Entertainment Weekly hideout for a chat, they didn’t do much by way of explicating the plot. But Sorvino did tease that the shows is centred on the concept of immortality. After being prompted, Simm and Frian also offered “assassins” and “secret societies” as two other potential keywords.

3. It’s got a cool “creepy little girl” character

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During their discussion of the pilot, IGN’s Eric Goldman and Roth Cornet singled out Millie Bobby Brown’s portrayal of classic “creepy little girl” Madison O’Donnell. Even though the eerie kid trope has been done to death (literally), they say it works in this case.

4. It’s a genre-mixer

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While speaking on the Intruders panel (which you can watch in full here, thanks to The Nerd Machine), series creator Glen Morgan explained how Michael Marshall’s 2007 novel The Intruders, on which the series is based, takes elements from a Raymond Chandler mystery story, classic horror, and an assassination thriller. “Those are all genres that all of us like, anyway,” he said, “and I think we pulled it off.”

5. It’s probably not as scary as John Simm’s own nightmares

In this quickie Instagram interview, John Simm (whom you probably know as the Master from Doctor Who) explains his first-ever nightmare, which starred him as a baby in a stroller. On Intruders, he plays “Jack Whalen/Jack Whelan.” Just don’t ask us what that means, ’cause we don’t know.

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