Haven Preview: Lucas Bryant Talks Season Four, Part 1 [INTERVIEW]
[Warning: there are some general spoilers for season four throughout the interview. If you want to be wholly pristine for the premiere, come back and visit us Friday night!]
There are a lot of reasons I look forward to the return of Haven to the Syfy schedule (this Friday night at 10/9c), but I think I most love that it means new opportunities to chat with the cast about the coming season. Last week, for the launch of season four, we were invited to participate in a press call with Lucas Bryant and Adam Copeland. Copeland had to shoot at the last minute, so we had the entire hour with Bryant. It was a fun, wide-ranging call, and I think I took the most joy out of listening to him almost have to physically contort himself so as not to reveal any spoilers.
Bryant had a busy hiatus, shooting two episodes of Beauty and the Beast, an episode of CSI, and an episode of Cracked, a Canadian series now on Reelz in the U.S. I asked him whether going off and creating new characters changed the way he came back to Nathan, and he said “no,” but it did make coming home to Haven this spring that much sweeter.
“Nathan is what he is and the story is what it is, but the experience of doing other shows in the off-season definitely colors my relationship to this show…not necessarily about how I approach the character, but this year, especially, it really reminded me or showed me how lucky we are to be where we are and shoot the way we do,” he says.
“The other shows…were great experiences and they were all cool people and it was lovely. But here we are in Nova Scotia, and itâ€™s a beautiful day. And we have boats, and docks, and people camped out here like a real little family. Itâ€™s fantastic and so that whole experience surrounding the shooting of the show, I think, is something really special, and by doing others, I was reminded just how special.”
Season three changed the blueprint of Haven by introducing a larger mythology and weaving it throughout every episode, and expanding to almost an ensemble format. Bryant says this season we can expect both a through-thread of a single plot, and one-off “Troubles,” including the reappearance of some familiar past cases.
“I guess itâ€™s similar to the third season in that there is an ongoing storyline throughout this whole season. With that being said…there is a case each week that we need to deal with, but some of them are tied in over multiple episodes,” he points out. “I donâ€™t know the finale yet, but the second to the last episode, which I just read for the first time, is [continuous], so that looks like it will be sort of a two-part story. [There] are a couple of big themes running through this whole season that I think will reward viewers that are tuning into each episode and waiting for the next one.
“The character of William (Colin Ferguson)…is very important in Season 4… he brings out a lot of emotions in Nathan. Letâ€™s just say that…exactly who he is and what he knows becomes a large part of this seasonâ€™s story, [and] initially, my attempts to locate Audrey and get her back. [Getting] Audrey back is a large part of this season. [Another] new character, Jennifer, and her relationship to the barn and just what she is capable of…is a story thatâ€™s woven in throughout this whole season and becomes very important, especially as we get into the end of it.”
The fourth season kicks off with Nathan, Duke, and Audrey physically separated. While the boys regroup in the premiere, Audrey’s return to the town of Haven will be a little (or a lot) more complicated. Bryant teases that there is “sort of a reunion in the first half of the season” but he’s a bit more coy on the details. He admits he wondered how it would all work out when he returned to work to begin production on the new season.
“Iâ€™ve said before, the writers donâ€™t tell us very much of anything. Iâ€™m lucky if I even know if I have to work tomorrow or not. Part of the Audrey we knew does make an appearance this season, yes. How, or why, or when, I guess, I canâ€™t really tell you that, but she is not altogether lost,” he promises.
“Letâ€™s just say she does make it back to Haven, and letâ€™s just say, hypothetically, that there is a reunion of sorts, you know she has changed. So, as far as Nathan is concerned, she looks like this person she was and seems like the person she was, but itâ€™s pretty quickly clear that she is not, so thatâ€™s troubling for him and difficult. And this new side of her character is wildly different from Audrey Parker, so that is a challenge. She is much more sassy and outspoken and tough and Nathan has, I hope, kind of a humorous and also…challenging relationship with her.”
Come back tomorrow for part two of our interview!
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