'V Wars': Will Ian Somerhalder's Netflix series be as gruesome and bloody as the original comics?

'V Wars': Will Ian Somerhalder's Netflix series be as gruesome and bloody as the original comics?
Ian Somerhalder (Source: IMDb)

Be it vampires ripping hearts out, desperately trying to save the day and dying in the process, or performing rituals with witches and werewolves, vampires, old and new, have dominated our television for over a decade and fans just want more.

There's something enticing about watching these supernatural beings trying to engage in the normalcy of daily lives, while figuring out the most puzzling mysteries in their free time.

That's what vampires have been for the generation who grew up on the diet of 'The Vampire Diaries', 'The Originals' and even 'Van Helsing' for that matter. There is a feeling of strange satisfaction.

However, Netflix's 'V Wars' promises to be drastically different from these shows. For starters, the show, based on comics of the same name, revolves around Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) whose friend Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes) has been exposed to a deadly virus that was frozen for thousands of years.


Due to global warming and the melting of glaciers, the virus gets released into the world. Fayne becomes Patient Zero, the very first vampire. This virus connects with a co-factor gene.


Everyone has a different gene, and if you don't have that particular one, you don't turn into a vampire. However, if you possess that gene, you turn into a vampire. 

Taking radical departures from the comics, yet keeping the premise as the same, the adaptation looks as if it might tone down on the gruesomeness and the violence as shown in the comics, or so it seems from the trailer.

The comics are bloody and there are overtly graphic scenes of people killing one another, with blood spurting everywhere. It's not exactly for the faint-hearted.

In the comics, there are also images of the police shooting the vampires upfront, there are scenes with people lying on the floor with blood all over the place, and innumerable montages of vampires eating other humans necks.


Vampire adaptations have usually been a little careful about violence, if we must remember how TVD had Damon ripping out people's hearts and staking them as if it was normal, but it didn't seem to go beyond that.

Let's see how the Netflix adaptation pans out. 'V Wars' drops on Netflix on December 5.

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