Defiance is easily one of the coolest cross platform TV shows out there. It takes fans into their world via television and interactive gaming. In some ways, Defiance‘s plot engrosses you so much that it feels like you’re reading a novel. The cast made an appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and shared some details about the new season and what direction their characters are headed.
Grant Bowler reveals plot details from the lost pilot script:
The original pilot script, which was a beautiful script by the way. My guy has been there for seven years, had a human daughter and was settled down with Amanda. There’s a whole bunch of different stuff. Irisa didn’t really exist. Tommy didn’t really exist. It was a very different story, kind of like Gary Cooper in High Noon. He’s the sheriff who’s been around in town for a long, long time and the trouble comes into town. When the script was rewritten, it got rewritten to be much younger. So in the pilot they were just getting themselves established, just establishing a system that they wanted to use. For my money it was still too late, in other words it was still too established. Defiance is a story of what we want. If you want to hope for something, what are you going to hope for? Fresh quality, no racism, the right to pursue your ambitions, all very American qualities. When we come into Defiance there’s a town counsel, there’s an ex-mayor, there’s a mayor in running, there is all these power structures. We’re learning who all these people are. We know what drives them, their ambitions are, what their fears are and who they would like the world to see them as, then we blow it up and we make them all start again. That’s the different between season one and season two.
Tony Curran discusses the misunderstood Datak and how he’ll fare next season:
I’m looking forward to Datak wisening up a little bit and not attacking and asking questions later. Instead of him being so spontaneous with his rage, I think he has to try and keep a lid on it a little bit more, his wrathful nature because it obviously hasn’t done him too well so far.
When I was growing up, I always liked James Cagney films. He seems like some sort of gangster, Datak, that sort of persona. He’s a victimizer but in many way’s he’s a victim of society. I’m not blaming society’s problem on him, but that’s what attracted me to Datak. He’s a survivor, and I’m not saying what he does is right, but in his world, in his head, it is the only way he can behave because it’s the only way he can survive. Anyways, Stahma (Jaime Murray) is trying to help him, but obviously at the end of last season she didn’t help him enough. He let his nature get the best of him. There’s many times that you can be attacking people or behaving in a very sort of rough matter, but he gets his ass kicked as well, ad I find that fun to play. You can have this hard, tough exterior, but inside… I’m not going to say that he wants a cuddle, but I think he wants a little compassion as well. It’s probably something he didn’t get when he was young, and I think it’s something they may touch on in the future.
Jaime Murray on the excitement of Season 2 and how Stahma Tarr will evolve:
I’m really excited about the world that we created in the first season and how intricate it was. It’s such an ensemble piece that I would read the script, we would do the read-through in the room, but the Tarr household is a whole little universe of it’s own. It’s a whole little society of it’s own. For me, when I watched the first season, I was really drawn into it.
What I love about it is that we constructed such a interesting and complex universe, so fantastical, but is still really a backdrop to some really relatable themes that we’re able to examine. What I really like about the second season is now that we’ve established all of that, now everybody has accepted that and knows who all the players are, the different species and the different relationships. Now we get to really play. I read the first three episodes of the new season and I was like, oh wow. It’s only meaningful because you knew who Stahma was in the first season, and now you see her being daring in other ways and pushing the envelope, taking risks that are really dangerous for a woman from her culture to be doing. You would have never known that if we didn’t first carefully set the stage that season. Now I feel like some really gritty, edgy, frightening stuff can unfold.
Jesse Roth and Stephanie Leonidas are excited to reveal some cool changes to the world of Defiance:
Jesse Rath: It gets much darker, from what we have seen. We’ve been given the first couple of scripts and it seems like the world opens up hugely. We find ourselves in LA, so it’s not just the town of Defiance anymore. There’s quite a lot to come.
Stephanie Leonidas: It’s really cool to see some landmarks of the cities, like how they’ve been effected by the terraforming. There’s some recognizable stuff that you’ll see… It should be very cool.
Julie Benz briefly shares her thoughts on Comic-Con and how much it’s grown over the years:
Comic-Con is a great example of how genre, fantasy and science fiction has become much more mainstream. It’s grown from what was a small group of people that were obsessed about it into a much broader audience, much more mainstream and crossing over all lines and barriers. I don’t think that it’s just this one thing anymore. I think we’re all fascinated.
Not many characters at the start of the new season are in a good place, Amanda being one of them. Benz explains where she is mentally when the show returns:
She’s starting in a pretty bad place. She’s got a lot to deal with. She’s got to re-define herself in the town of Defiance to figure out how she fits in. She needs to figure out what happened with her sister. She doesn’t know what happened because she doesn’t watch the show, so she doesn’t know. She’s really struggling at the beginning of season two.
What do you think of the Defiance news?