Final month at San Diego Comic-Con, the primary episode of Voltron season 7 screened through the present’s panel, providing followers a style of the brand new course this season will take. That first episode, ‘A Little Journey’, sees Keith and Allura keep by Shiro’s aspect as he recovers from having his consciousness implanted within the physique of a clone, whereas the remainder of Group Voltron scout the planet for an acceptable energy supply to gas up the Lions. It is a quintessential Voltron episode and the right begin for the brand new season, delving deeper into Shiro and Keith’s bond whereas sending Coran and the opposite Paladins on a zany, micro-adventure.
The massive information to come back from that episode was the revelation that Shiro was romantically concerned with a person, Adam, previous to the beginning of the collection. LGBTQ characters have gotten extra of a norm in most media, however animation – and particularly animation geared in the direction of a household viewers – can nonetheless be discovered missing in relation to illustration. Shiro is a giant step in the precise course, so when speaking with Dos Santos and Montgomery, we made certain to ask how the response has been to the information:
Display screen Rant: Final we spoke was at San Diego Comedian-Con, the place the primary episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender season 7 was screened through the panel. And in that episode, we be taught that Shiro is homosexual. Have you ever had the possibility to see any of the fan reactions?
Joaquim Dos Santos: It’s been overwhelmingly optimistic and extremely heat and heartening.
Lauren Montgomery: There’s been some actually touching issues coming from individuals who have stated that it’s helped them really feel higher about themselves. They’ve seen different individuals who have been helped by this information, simply feeling higher of their scenario. In order that stuff is basically significant to us.
SR: I talked with a couple of folks strolling out of the panel and there was undoubtedly a whole lot of emotion over the information, which a minimum of initially, I wouldn’t have actually thought can be the case.
JDS: We felt, actually like, when Lauren confirmed it on stage, we felt this wave of power simply whack us proper within the face. It was superb. Constructive power, simply actually optimistic power.
SR: It was such an ideal panel, too. And it was superior to get the possibility to expertise seeing the premiere with an viewers and get to listen to all their reactions. So now, with out spoiling something, what are you most excited for followers to see in these 13 new episodes?
JDS: We’re going to get to see a distinct dynamic with our crew and their interactions on Earth. The story kind of modifications focus a bit, and the stakes change.
LM: The stakes are as excessive as ever, if not greater. There’s quite a bit at stake, however simply seeing how far our heroes have come and the way they type of react to this new scenario. It’s simply one thing we’re actually excited to share with everybody.
SR: Do you could have favourite characters? Or is that like making an attempt to choose a favourite child and also you simply love all of them the identical?
JDS: For me it’s turn out to be more durable over time, I’ve to say. I began out fairly strongly within the Lance camp and I’m actually liking the way in which he’s evolving. However, y’know, you begin getting an affinity for all of the characters, they’re type of weirdly your kids on some stage.
LM: It’s actually unusual, I’m the identical. At first, I used to be Pidge, Pidge all the way in which. I like Pidge, however factor is, I like all of the characters. I like how far Allura has come, I like how like unbelievably pure Hunk is. And so it’s simply all of these items about these characters. I like how a lot Keith has grown into himself. It’s bizarre, it’s bizarre. And it turns into more durable and more durable to choose.
SR: And particularly for you, because you’ve been with these characters for now, what? 78 episodes–well, 78 episodes whole as soon as it’s all completed. Have you ever had any concepts that by no means made it into the present or instructions you wished to go, however simply couldn’t?
JDS: The one for me, we’ve our one-off goof episodes, and y’know, we’ve had the mermaid planet that was kind of Lauren’s huge fantasy episode, she loves mermaids. We did the D&D one, which we’re all followers of, however Mitch Iverson was an enormous fan of. I actually, actually wished to do an intergalactic pro-wrestling present, however we by no means obtained round to it. And, additionally, kind of got here to understand it was executed so properly on Avatar: The Final Airbender years in the past, that it’s in all probability all proper to not have retreaded these waters.
Due to Joaquim and Lauren for speaking with us! Keep tuned for half two of our interview in the place we’ll chat in additional element (i.e. spoilers!) about all the large surprises in season 7.
Subsequent: Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 7 Trailer
Voltron: Legendary Defender season 7 drops this Friday, August 10th on Netflix.
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