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'What We Do in the Shadows' Season 2 Episode 7 will see Nick Kroll return as a much older Simon the Devious

Simon, in the promo, looks a lot older and greyer than when we saw him last time, no doubt the result of the cursed hat he stole from Laszlo in season 1
Nick Kroll (IMDb)
Nick Kroll (IMDb)

Fans of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ have been treated with a bunch of guest appearances in season 2, the biggest one of which was, of course, Mark Hamill as Jim the Vampire in episode 6. 

But episode 7, too, promises a spectacular guest star. Nick Kroll is back again as Simon the Devious, the leader of the Manhattan vampires. Season 2 episode 7 of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is thus aptly titled ‘The Return’.

When we last saw Simon in season 1 episode 4, when the foursome of flatmates, Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Colin (Mark Proksch), and Nandor’s familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), plotted to join forces with Simon and the Manhattan vampires.

Nadja and Laszlo had known Simon for centuries -- they had traveled to New York on the same ship, and Simon even had a brief romantic relationship with Nadja. While Nadja and Laszlo settled on Staten Island, Simon went to Manhattan, and later started a vampire nightclub called the Sassy Cat Club. 

When the flatmates proposed their plans to join the two covens, Simon agreed but added a condition: Laszlo would have to hand over his witch skin hat, a cursed hat. Simon’s crew, the Leather Skins, intimidated Laszlo into handing it over, after which Simon went back on his deal, kicking them out of the nightclub. As they left, Simon accidentally blew up the club while trying to fire a flaming arrow, thus becoming a victim of the cursed hat.

The Simon we see in the promo looks significantly older and greyer, a result of the hat’s curse, no doubt. In fact, it takes either Nadja or Laszlo some time to recognize him. He also looks much less confident and cocky than he used to be. 


The promo also shows Simon bringing more vampires to the house, a gesture that is no doubt not going to sit well with the others. The promo ends with Nandor explaining to a visibly-famished Simon why they hadn’t eaten Guillermo so far: “It used to be difficult to resist. But after a while, you start to wonder -- why hasn’t anyone eaten him. He’s like the last doughnut in the display cabinet.”

Obviously, Guillermo wasn’t pleased. Will this add to the rising tensions between Nandor and Guillermo? The latter has grown significantly more bada** since he discovered his ancestry leading all the way up to Van Helsing, the vampire hunter. All throughout this season, we have seen that the genes do in fact matter. Guillermo has proven himself to be a formidable vampire killer.

So, lots to look forward to!

New episodes of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Season 2 air on FX every Wednesday at 10 pm ET/PT.