Haven Preview: Lucas Bryant Talks Season Four, Part 2 [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!]
In the first part of our interview, Havenâ€™s Lucas Bryant talks about how much it felt like coming home to return to season four this spring, and where the search for Audrey might take us. In part two, he talks bromances, the Troubles, and releasing Nathanâ€™s wild child.
The dynamic between Dwight and Nathan is switched up a bit this season, and Bryant welcomed it. â€œ[Heâ€™s in a] bunch of this season, which is a blast. Dwight [gives] Nathan some new leeway to not have to always follow the rules, not having to act the role of Chiefâ€¦and get a little bit more dirty,â€ he says.
â€œAnd the relationship with Dwight is fun. I meanÂ [Adam Copeland]Â is a real jerk to work with, but Iâ€™ve sort of tamed the beast. And so, we got to play a lot around with him. I always sort of felt that he was kind of like an older brother, although I am actually ten years older than the actual actor. He felt like an older brother [who] knew a lot more about what was going on here. But he was someone that I kind of needed to corral, I suppose, and now, the tables have been turned.â€
When asked to name any favorite moments this season, Bryant resumes contortingÂ himself so as not be super spoily. â€œ[There] are a bunch of great bits coming up that I canâ€™t tell you anything about, but Iâ€™m sure fans will probably be pretty into what develops midway through the season,â€ he teases.
â€œSpecifically, for me, I guess, a couple of episodes ago, I got to play a wildly different version of Nathan. Something happens in town thatâ€¦ shakes up everyoneâ€™s reality, so yes; I got to explore a very different side of him, which was a blast. [We get] a much less reserved and much more effusive side of Nathan that I certainly didnâ€™t see coming.â€
Bryant hasnâ€™t had much of a chance to work onscreen with Colin Ferguson, but the two have a history from a previous project, Playing House. â€œColin is fantastic. I have worked with him this yearâ€¦more so in the second half of the season. [He] is such aâ€¦charming guy andâ€¦heâ€™s a blast to work with because heâ€™s got a real great sense of humor and he is a total pro,â€ he says. Beyond that, Bryant had to flail a bit to not tell us who Ferguson is playing and how that keys into Nathan and Audrey, and it was sort of hilarious to hear him be so flustered.
In part one, we touched on the idea of a through thread to the season and Bryant expanded on that a bit. â€œ[This] season, the danger has been raised again and I think our heroesâ€¦are wrestling withâ€¦how little we understand and [how] ill-equipped we are to deal with the [Troubles and twists and turns of the season]. I think in the past we had someâ€¦faith that we would somehow…be able to deal with it,â€ he says.
â€œNot that weâ€™ve lost all faith now, but I think this season, all of us have been shown that this thing is maybe so much huger than anyone could have guessed. And so, I think we are sort of adrift in a lot of dangerous possibilities [and weâ€™re] questioning ourselves.â€ While questions have always been part of the show, he adds that this season, it feels like a whole new rug has been pulled out from under everyoneâ€™s feet.
The Nathan and Duke bromance is alive and well in the premiere, and the boys exchange a surprisingly warm hug when they reconnect. Bryant jokes that itâ€™s all Eric Balfour. â€œHeâ€™s just got great strong arms and when he holds you, you feel safe, so that was all real what you saw there in that episode. All I was doing was just feeling the effects of his embrace even though I may have started it.â€
All kidding aside, Bryant admits the relationship does evolve. [In] season four, Nathan and Duke have a lot more trust of, and faith in, each other, so we see more of their friendship,â€ he says. â€œ[The] relationship is always the same, but I think some of that animosity has been left behind in theirâ€¦shared goals this season initially of finding Audrey.â€ He adds that he and Balfour worked together more this season and that was great fun. â€œ[Anytime] those characters are put together and try and achieve something together, I think itâ€™s a great matchup,â€ he says.
As for this seasonâ€™s Troubles, Bryant says we can expect kids and claws but nothing rivaling the gore of season threeâ€™s â€œThe Farmer.â€ Heâ€™s excited about an episode where Nathan gets to mix it up a little bit. â€œThere is something that affects everyoneâ€™s reality, so each of our characters [is] altered considerably, and we got to play really wild versions of ourselves. That was a lot of fun for me and for Duke especially,â€ he says.
The premiere revisits a first season Trouble, and Bryant says there will be a few more. â€œ[There] are a couple of callbacksÂ to things that have happened beforeâ€¦The rules that we thought we understood have now changed for some reason and we are trying to figure out why,â€ he says. â€œThe Troubles are happening with much more ferociousness and the death toll is rising pretty fast. [People] have died on this show, butâ€¦we were able to kind of have somewhat happy endings. Now, those happy endings seem all the more elusive.â€
Come back tomorrow for part three of our interview, and tune into the Haven season four premiere this Friday night at 10/9cÂ on Syfy!
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