How Trollhunters Season 3 Could Be Like Star Wars, According To One Actor

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Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters returned to Netflix with a brand new batch of episodes on December 15, and it raised the stakes for JIm and Co. as they were forced to face off against bigger and badder villains than ever before. Although little has been confirmed so far about what will happen in Season 3, Season 2 ended on a pretty killer cliffhanger. Legendary voice actor Clancy Brown was on board Trollhunters as the evil troll Gunmar who finally emerged from the Darklands, and he spoke with CinemaBlend about a big way the show could go in a Star Wars-esque direction in the third season:

If Gunmar's not in it, that's okay, I'll still watch it. But if he is in it, I think you gotta take him to a different level. You gotta take him to like an emperor level, like even beyond that. Like a mythological extended universe Star Wars kind of extended universe weirdness... And Guillermo [del Toro] and those guys can do that. They can take it there.

Over the past 40+ years, the Star Wars saga has grown to include movies, TV shows, books, comics, and video games. Given that the saga is set in a galaxy far, far away and features all kinds of aliens, it has definitely delved into some weirdness. In fact, the Expanded Universe that was part of the Star Wars canon prior to Disney wiping the slate was practically overflowing with weirdness and epic villains. If Trollhunters was able to elevate Gunmar's level of evil to be on par with the Star Wars emperor or other bad guys of the Star Wars universe, Gunmar could perhaps become even scarier in Season 3 than he was in Season 2. All things considered, Clancy Brown's idea for taking Gunmar to a whole different level sounds pretty great for the future of the series.

Interestingly, the third season of Trollhunters will also be the final season, which will make Trollhunters feel like something of a trilogy. The first two Star Wars film trilogies featured the big bad in a more prominent and overtly evil way in the third installment; perhaps Season 3 of Trollhunters really could be Gunmar's time to shine as a truly bad guy a la the Emperor.

Clancy Brown is certainly qualified to say what Star Wars-esque elements could work on other TV projects. Brown was the voice of the brutal and tragic Savage Oppress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as well as the much friendlier Ryder Azadi in Star Wars Rebels (which is currently airing its fourth and final season). He also revealed that he's been a fan of Star Wars from the very beginning of the franchise. Brown went on in our chat to explain how The Clone Wars and Rebels getting darker as time passed could be good way to go for Trollhunters, saying this:

I hope [Season 3] is making it more and more sophisticated and more and more ambiguous and more challenging world for the fans of Trollhunters. I think that would be very cool.

While Trollhunters is coming to an end after Season 3, the story of Arcadia won't be over. Two other shows will be set in the same universe as part of a trilogy of series called The Tales of Arcadia. Clancy Brown said that he'd be on board to lend his voice to the other two shows, whether as Gunmar or another funnier character. We'll have to wait and see what's in store.

You can catch the first two seasons of Trollhunters streaming on Netflix (opens in new tab). Executive producer Marc Guggenheim told us of a way Trollhunters already connects to Star Wars as well as how Mark Hamill's involvement in the series changed over time. You can find your upcoming streaming options on our 2018 Netflix premiere guide, and more TV debuts can be found on our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.