Ian Somerhalder returns to the vampire world in the new Netflix show V Wars — his first vampire show since Vampire Diaries ended. The first season of V Wars follows the beginning of the war between humans and vampires on the brink of a post-apocalyptic world. A pandemic spreads following the melting of the arctic glaciers, turning humans into vampires and leading to tension between the two factions.
Ian stars as Dr. Luther Swann, the doctor at the helm of the war, trying to find a way to reverse the disease turning people into vampires. The first season has everyone on their toes, and old Vampire Diaries fans reliving the thrill of their favorite fantasy trope.
As the cast and crew are setting up for a potential second season, let's take a look at some behind-the-scenes information for Season 1 of V Wars.
V Wars' setting is closer to present day than you think.
The premise of the show is that there's a disease spreading, turning people into vampire-like creatures and making them thirsty for human blood. This isn't a new disease — it's actually an old one, previously frozen in the arctic glaciers. As the glaciers begin to melt further and further, the disease is released, and the current human immune system is not prepared for it.
It's no secret that climate change is a very real thing, and scientists estimate that there are less than 20 years before the effects become irreversible.
The polar ice caps have already melted significantly in the last few years, and as they continue to melt the possibility for new diseases to emerge is highly likely. BBC reported back in 2017 that there are definitely dormant diseases hidden in the caps, and as the Earth's climate warms, they begin to become active again.
Now, is it likely that these diseases will turn you into a vampire to start the human vs. vampires war? Probably not. But the possibility of long-forgotten diseases spreading is a possibility in the next few years, meaning V Wars hits really close to home.
The show was filmed almost entirely in Canada.
According to The Cinemaholic, even though V Wars is set in America, most of the scenes were filmed in various locations across Ontario, Canada.
Filming for the season started in Sudbury, Ontario, and wrapped up in Toronto a few months later. Most of the street scenes, though, were filmed in Cambridge, Ontario, specifically. The crew apparently had one of the bridges shut down temporarily for filming, and had to warn officials about some of the disturbing effects they were planning to use in those scenes.
Ian, who was a producer for the show, shared a lot of teasers on his Instagram throughout the filming process, including some peeks at their location scouting process, and a special video thank you when he and the other producers delivered the series to Netflix.
The first season of V Wars was released on Netflix on Dec. 5.