Christian Slater demonstrates that he told Val Kilmer how Willow pays homage to his beloved character. Dodgy, duplicitous, and yet fascinating, Slater’s portrayal of Allagash has pulled comparisons with Kilmer’s Madmartigan from the 1988 film, which acts as a prequel to the Disney+ series.
Throughout its season 1 run from November 2022 to January 2023, Willow was rated as one of the most streamed TV shows across all platforms.
Slater tells The Hollywood Reporter that he addressed Kilmer about how the program pays homage to and recalls Kilmer’s performance of Madmartigan. Acknowledging that his health situation and absence were felt, Slater stresses that his friend was very much a part of the show’s making.
He described the knowledge as “amazing” and filled with the “spirit of Madmartigan.” Check out the full quotation by Slater below:
How Kilmer’s Madmartigan Could arrive back In Willow Season 2?
As Slater predicts, Madmartigan remains present throughout the length of the program, albeit in an unexpected manner. Madmartigan, who is married to Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) and has twins Airk (Dempsey Bryk) and Kit (Ruby Cruz), has inexplicably vanished following the events of the first episode. His family and the kingdom mourn his death, and Kit has visions in which she feels he is speaking to her.
Additionally, not only is Allagash identical in demeanor to Madmartigan, but he is also a close confidante. Kit thinks that her father may be in the vaulted gateway, and while it very well could be a surprise, it’s not impossible.
With the opacity of whether Madmartigan is alive or not still present at the season’s close, Kilmer has plenty of room to return to provide closure on his absence.
Everything We Understand About Willow Season 2
The season one ending hints that there are two more seasons in store should the show given a chance. Season 2 will likely pick up from where the show left off, with Graydon (Tony Revelori), unbeknownst to the others, still alive and under the Wyrm’s captivity and control.
The Wyrm has also assumed the shape of Elora (Ellie Bamber), which is sure to bring much more upheaval and chaos. With the Wyrm still by and enormous a threat, the series will persist in seeing Willow (Warwick Davis) and his fellow heroes — Kit, Airk, Elora, Jade (Erin Kellyman), Boorman (Amar Chadha-Patel) — meet off against its growing power. Airk, in the meantime, will have to recover from his previous possession by the evil Crone fully.
Though season 2 has yet to be confirm, it is already in the works and just waiting for the green light, according to creator Jonathan Kasdan and executive producer Ron Howard, both of whom have voiced hope and excitement for Willow’s future and storyline.
News about renewal stays in the air, but with the show’s critical victory and warm audience bash, cancellation is far more unlikely. Whether the renewal will be accompanied by news of Slater and Kilmer’s return will pique the excitement of moviegoers, particularly those who have long admired the original film.