Willow Showrunner shares what he hopes audiences will get out of the series

The season finale of Willow was released yesterday on Disney+ and fans already have #RenewWillow trending on Twitter. Currently, there’s no official word on whether or not the show will get more seasons, but the post-credits scene of the finale teased a three-season plan. Showrunner Jonathan Kasdan previously said he is “begging” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy to keep them going, and hopes fans will end the first season wanting more…

“Well, I hope by the end of the eight [episodes] it feels like a cathartic continuation and extension of what we barely got to taste in the film,” said Kasdan The AV Club. “You know, I felt like George [Lucas] and Ron [Howard] together, and [Willow screenwriter] Bob Dolman really created a window into a very big world populated by the kind of characters that were familiar in the fantasy genre, but different. And I was eager to open that door and create some new types and some new ways in it. And I hope by the end you’ll be invested enough to want to see more of these characters and have further adventures with them, with even more darkness than what they’re facing right now.”

How does Willow Honor Val Kilmer?

The Willow series sees the return of several actors from the 1988 movie of the same name, including Warwick Davis (Willow), Joanne Whalley (Sorsha), and Kevin Pollak (Rool). Originally, Val Kilmer was set to return as Madmartigen, but the actor struggled with his health after a battle with throat cancer, and filming during COVID felt too risky. Instead, Madmartigen’s voice can be heard speaking to his daughter Kit (Ruby Cruz) in a few episodes. Turns out Kilmer and Whalley’s real-life son, Jack Kilmer, provided the voice of Madmartigan in some scenes.

“Jack has been a good friend of ours Willow all the while, you know,” Kasdan previously shared Decide. “Between Joanne and Val, he’s actually the child of the Willow franchise.” He added, “We even recorded with Val and we used his performance as a guide. Then Jack got Val’s performance to listen to and then copy what his dad had done in terms of you know, the performance elements of Val’s thing.

The first season of Willow is now available to stream on Disney+.

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