During a packed panel at Comic-Con, DreamWorks Animation Television provided fans a sneak peak at season 7 of the popular Netflix original series, Voltron: Legendary Defender. In the first episode of the new season, “A Little Adventure,” which was screened during the panel, it was revealed that Takashi “Shiro” Shirogane (Josh Keaton) was in a romantic relationship with a man prior to leaving for the mission at the beginning of the series.
Screenrant reports that Voltron’s showrunners knew Shiro was gay for “a very long time,” said executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos. Fellow EP Lauran Montgomery said they waited to reveal this information to fans because the original plot plan included killing Shiro at some point.
“And so we’re like, ‘Y’know what? We don’t really want to kill off our gay representation. Maybe we’ll find it somewhere else,’” Montgomery said. “But then we found out pretty soon after that, Shiro wasn’t allowed to die. Well, all right, we go back to plan one and yeah, it just took us a little while to get to the point in the story where we were able to reveal it. But he was kind of always in the works to be our [gay] representation.”
Dos Santos said storylines are often shuffled around on the show and season seven gave them the chance to tell the backstory they had always wanted to tell for Shiro. They wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t “scandalous or surprising,” Montgomery said because the revelation that Shiro was in a relationship with a man “doesn’t change who he is at all.”
“It’s just daily life,” she continued. “And I think we kind of try to envision a world where all of those things are just normal and accepted and people don’t freak out about them.”
“We’re happy that it resonates and lands and is important for animation that plays to such a wide audience. But from a story perspective, it’s not like a big ‘Ooh! Ahh!’” said Dos Santos.
Other highlights from the Comic Con panel include:
- Season seven logline: Following Lotor’s (A.J. Locascio) defeat, the Paladins are finally able to set a course for Earth. After a long and perilous journey, they discover that their home planet is not how they left it.
DreamWorks and Nerdist announced the launch of an official Voltron commentary podcast called “Form Podcast!”, hosted by Nerdist associate editor Kyle Anderson and featuring showrunners, cast and crew from the series. Each episode creates a “listen-while-you-watch” commentary track to play alongside each Netflix episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender, providing all-new behind-the-scenes conversation about creating the series.
- The first episode featuring executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery is now available from Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1411659171
- Jeremy Shada (Lance) surprised fans half way through the panel and was met with a wild reception!
- Fans got a kick out of Rhys Darby’s (Coran) live impression of a Yalmor.
- The eighth season will be the show’s final one. It’s set to come out at the end of the year!
Season seven will debut in full on August 10th.
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