We're going to leave the review "heavy lifting" of FX's What We Do in the Shadows season 2 finale to our resident critic Alejandra Bodden, but that said? "Théâtre des Vampires" was a deep-dive of fun highlighted by Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) putting his sweet "Buffy" skills on display for everyone (and we mean everyone) to see, and series creator Jemaine Clement's return as Vladislav aka Vlad the Poker. Let's just say that Vlad returned to take care of some previously "unfinished business" with Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Colin (Mark Proksch).
In an interview with EW following the season-ender, Clement revealed the guest star they wanted for this episode but first? A bit of unexpected news: Clement will not be a part of the writers' room for the third season. The reveal came when he was asked about what the future might hold for Guillermo now that he's out as a vampire hunter: "The writers will have to figure that one out because I won't be in the writers' room next season. I'm leaving them with this big problem to work out. I think it's a good idea to end on a big cliffhanger, we did the same thing last season. Now they can figure out how to get out of this big mess."
The second season of the series has enjoyed a "who's who" of guest stars, including Nick Kroll's Simon the Devious, Benedict Wong's necromancer Wallace, Haley Joel Osment's familiar Topher, Craig Robinson's vampire hunter Derek, and Mark Hamill's vengeance-seeking Jim the Vampire. But there's one guest star they were hoping to get for the finale that they've wanted on the series for some time: "That was the hope, that Antonio Banderas would come for that episode. That's been our dream to have him on the show from the start. He's Guillermo's hero! As you know from the film, he works with the theater troupe with vampires pretending to be humans. Originally that was the idea, that it was going to be a theater group pretending to be vampires and we were going to make a joke about that — a group of vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires pretending to be humans… That really would've been an incredible episode if we could've had him turn up. We'll keep trying."