Now that you’ve seen the premiere, we can share what the cast had to say about the first two episodes. We had the chance to chat with Emily Rose and Adam Copeland on a conference call last week, and Saturday, I spoke one on one with Lucas Bryant.
I asked Copeland about his actual mic drop after his speech, and he said it was written in, and that just the sheer volume of dialogue was daunting, but he relished the opportunity to really dive into the material. “That was huge from a personal standpoint just to be reading the scripts and going, ‘Whoa, are you sure you want me to do that?’ There were moments where I was like, ‘you guys know that you wrote that for me, right? I just want to make sure that’s clear,'” he admits. “[It] was…a validation or a confirmation, like, ‘OK Iâ€™m working towards a goal here and it must be working.’ So that was great from a personal standpoint.”
“From a creative standpoint those are the things you want. You just you want to dig your teeth into that and itâ€™s like, ‘OK three-page monologue.’ And we did a scene that was all action for about eight hours of the day because it was Shawn Piller. So by the time we got to that monologue, I had done two takes at it. [I] was the…thread throughout the action scene too with all these different players, so I really couldnâ€™t concentrate on it as much as I would have wanted to.”
“It was a huge challenge and it was great because it was so much fun. [In] season two, [when Dwight] first showed up, that would have petrified me. So it was great to grow into that and be in such a pivotal spot to help kind of push the story along.”
WithÂ Dwight assuming leadership, Nathan has moved into a secondary role, and Bryant and I talked about whether that weighed on Nathan or was a gift. “I think it’s a bit of both,” he says. “On the one hand, I don’t know that he’s completely sure of the direction Dwight is taking, but [I] think he is also relieved to not be responsible for the fate of the world every moment.”
Rose enjoyed having so many people in the first episodes. “I really liked how we start this world of Haven off in this sort of mass chaos. And itâ€™s really kind of neat because instead of the chaos like pushing people away…itâ€™s drawing them together,” she explains. “I feel like between Nathan and Audrey, it kind of causes them to be super close and…the town as a whole is trying to band together to…get through that…chaotic sense of disruption, if that makes any sense. [‘Power’] was a fun episode.Â It was a cool set and a cool kind of experience. You kind of felt huddled into this place and it wasnâ€™t really, the [usual] Haven street.Â ”
Copeland adds that the chaos is integral to Dwight’s new role. “[I] think…it lends itself to Dwight just trying to hold everything together and in doing that, [he]Â ruffles the feathers of friends [and] not necessarily enemies, but…the Dukes of the world,” he says. “But at the end of the day, Dwight is always just trying to keep the town together.Â Thatâ€™s really all the guy cares about.”
Rose also appreciate the new transparency. “It is a town-wide problem now. [I] think you had all these secrets for so long and the town felt like [Audrey, Nathan, Duke, and Dwight] were outcasts and had to keep it quiet,” she points out.Â “But now…the whole town is dealing with this problem together [but] there are still those secrets [that they are not sharing with everyone].”
Bryant was coy when I asked him whether it was significant that we didn’t actually see what transpired when he went into the well for the Aether at the end of “Power.” “Dun. Dun. Dun. There is a reason for that…because it was so gruesome,” he teased. “There is a good reason, It will be revisited. You will get your answers, but not from me.”
Haven‘s final season airs every Thursday at 10/9c on Syfy. You can catch repeats of the “New World Order” and “Power” throughout the week.
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