Cast and executive producers of Freeform's 'Siren' make San Diego Comic-Con debut as fans quiz them about mermaid love life
Moderated by iconic singer Chilli, the cast and executive producers of Freeform's 'Siren' tackled questions from fans who were eager to understand all that happened in season 1.
The stars and executive producers from the Disney-owned Freeform's hit drama series 'Siren' made their San Diego Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 19, 2018, on a panel, taking time to answer questions from fans. The panel was moderated by none other than the iconic Chilli, the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer best known as one-third of TLC, the best-selling American girl group of all-time, and a self-professed 'Siren' superfan.
'Siren' unfolds in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, infamous for its legend of once being home to mermaids. The Cove is turned upside down when a mysterious girl appears and begins wreaking havoc, marine biologists Ben and Maddie must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land and whether there are more of her species out there.
Joining executive producers Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald at the panel held at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront were stars of the series. Eline Powell (Ryn), Alex Roe (Ben Pownall), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Maddie Bishop), Ian Verdun (Xander McClure), and Rena Own (Helen Hawkins) took the time out their schedules to promote their show.
Powell's Ryn, a strange young mermaid with a dark secret, is arguably the centerpiece of 'Siren,' with one fan questioning her about a scene in season 1 where she gets into bed with Ben and his girlfriend Maddie and asking if the character was polyamorous. Powell, amused, dropped a quick glance at her executive producers before suggesting that mermaids were "a sensual species" and that they are entirely open to the idea.
Wald confirmed the same, admitting that the love triangles developing in the series are very important for the show to explore as a key story component. Not too surprising an admission considering such an angle has been hinted at ever since Ryn waltzed out of the water and enlists the help of Ben and Maddie in finding her captured sister, Donna (Sibongile Mlambo).
The first season included 10 episodes and aired this year between March and May, drawing in excellent ratings for the network and garnering acclaim. The critical consensus for the show read: "Siren turns traditional lore on its tail with a unique, well-paced show that presents dangerous, violent mythical creatures in a surprisingly empathetic and exciting light."
The drama has been renewed for a 16-episode second season that is expected to premiere some time in 2019.
Watch the panel talk about 'Siren' previously at the New York Comic-Con here: