You know the superstition that Friday the 13th is unlucky? Well, at the risk of offending any long held beliefs, it seems safe to assume that’s nonsense. Why? Because it was on Friday, the 13th of May, that FX announced the season 4 premiere of the greatest mockumentary this side of Transylvania: What We Do in the Shadows. And it’s coming out a lot sooner than you probably thought.
On Friday afternoon, FX tweeted the premiere date of What We Do in the Shadows season 4 — Tuesday July 12. The episodes will premiere on FX and be streamable on Hulu. You can see the announcement tweet below.
This marks the shortest wait between seasons of What We Do in the Shadows so far. There was roughly a year’s wait between the first and second series of the mockumentary, and nearly a year and a half between seasons 2 and 3. In contrast, season 3 of the series premiered in early September 2021, making the wait between seasons 3 and 4 less than a year.
The first thing fans of the series are likely going to want answers to is the fate of energy vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch). Robinson died at the end of What We Do in the Shadows season 3 only to be reborn in the body of an infant, and to be cared for by Laszlo (Matt Berry). Of course, that wasn’t the only big thing to happen. Nandor (Kayvan Novak) leaves for his ancestral homeland of Al Quolanudar. He had meant to bring Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) with him, but sadly his familiar was tricked by Laszlo. Refusing to join his beloved Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) on her trip to London, Laszlo instead shoved Guillermo into the coffin meant for him.
If you are somehow criminally, tragically, inexcusably unaware of What We Do in the Shadows, let’s fix that right now. The FX mockumentary series is based on the 2014 movie of the same name. The film was directed by and starred Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Our Flag Means Death) who, along with Jonny Brugh (Mega Time Squad) and Ben Fransham (Ash vs Evil Dead), live together as vampire housemates in New Zealand and at some point agree to let a documentary film crew chronicle their unique existences. We follow them as they argue about chore schedules, start street brawls with werewolves, and hypnotize local law enforcement.
In 2019 the What We Do in the Shadows series launched on FX, though with a new crop of vampires based in Staten Island instead of New Zealand. The series takes a stronger focus than the film on the concept of the human familiar with Guillermo — Nandor’s familiar — treated like a slave by the relatively clueless vampires in his charge. It also introduced a new kind of vampire: the energy vampire. Instead of biting or killing his victims, energy vampire Colin Robinson can draw energy from anyone — including other vampires — simply by being tedious and annoying.