Comic-Con 2012: ‘Wilfred’ Panel Report

Things are about to get strange for Wilfred and Ryan. Or stranger...

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

During the "Wilfred" panel at Comic-Con International, executive producer and lead writer David Zuckerman expressed surprise that "Wilfred" fans are so eager to know the mysteries behind the show's premise. Is Wilfred (Jason Gann) really embodied by a surly Australian man in a cheap dog suit? Or is he simply a massive delusion from the mind of a young man named Ryan (Elijah Wood)?

In an eloquent response to a question about the show's reality, Zuckerman stated that once secrets have been revealed about a show's central premise, the audience is usually divided by those that love the twists and those that hate the revelations. Think of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Lost" as examples. However, Zuckerman did indicate that some answers would be forthcoming about Ryan's mental state (as hinted in the season 2 preview episode "Progress") and that the truth about Wilfred would probably be revealed in the final episode of the series.
Before the panel began, "Avoidance," a new episode from the second season was played to howls of laughter from the crowd. The episode features Eugene Byrd as a former friend of Ryan's who reenters his life and includes not only one of the show's grossest moments in its short history, but also a showstopping musical number to close out the story. To put it simply, it's weird and hilarious.
Afterwards, Wood, Gann and Zuckerman were joined by cast members Fiona Gubelmann and Dorian Brown, series director Randall Einhorn and moderator Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.  
Foremost among the brief hints and spoilers dropped during the panel were the fact that Jenna's relationship with Drew (Chris Klein) will come to a head and Ryan's time in the office will reach an ugly conclusion. Zuckerman indicated that the creative team felt that Ryan's new job didn't have the comedic legs that they had hoped for; which means that the series return to the older status quo of Wilfred hanging out with Ryan at his home and getting high together.
In the end, Zuckerman urged fans not to get too hung up on the mysteries of "Wilfred" and just enjoy the journey.