TV Line was able to talk with Gabriel Mann who plays Nolan Ross on Revenge about the mid-season finale and what’s to come in the crazy world of Revenge!
TVLINE | What kind of fun awaits Nolan & Co. in the winter finale?
I hope — in the new world of Season 2 — that Nolan is as fun as last year, because things have taken a decidedly serious turn. [Laughs] It’s been really interesting because it’s the unexplored side of this character and at this point it’s about finding the balance of where these two sides of this personality meet. Just generally there’s a very dark, ominous tone to the season — not that we haven’t always had body counts on the agenda. But as the world of Revenge has expanded into the repercussions of all of Emily’s actions from last year, things get more complicated. As a result, we’ve reached our fingers out into a lot of places and now, as [series creator] Mike Kelley does so well, it’s about taking those things and weaving them back together in a classically Revenge-y way — which has been super, super fun… The last three or four episodes [we’ve shot] are pretty fantastic. From the Nolan perspective, it’s been [discovering] what it means to not have his right-hand [Emily] next to him at all times, and what he does in the interim. It’s been so fun to [see him] get a little bit into the Grayson world with Daniel and where that continues to go.
TVLINE | I have to ask: Do you see Nolan having a breaking point when it comes to Emily? She’s been increasingly mean to him this season despite all he does for her.
It’s an interesting question because I think it really starts to explore the boundaries of his patience and what his psychology is really about. At this point, everything that his character has done has really been in service to the Clarke family — both David and Emily — even just in terms of his willingness to sacrifice his company to continue to protect her and keep her safe. That said, it is hard to figure out the long game in this. But I would say even up until now, where we are in Season 2, his intentions and affiliations with her are being tested for sure. There’s definitely some jealousy there with Aiden. I mean, Emily’s new friend decided to choke him out upon their first meeting, which is probably not a great introduction for Nolan. [Laughs] To a certain point, I feel like his alliance is still with her.
As to whether that will continue to change, I would expect yes — in fact, I would assume yes. That said, being that he is one of the holders of her secret and has kept his mouth shut for this long is a good indicator that he may be able to keep it shut for a little bit longer. But given some extenuating dramatic circumstances, he may be pushed a little bit when it comes to that issue…
TVLINE | Madeleine Stowe recently told us that more than one person might die when the Amandagoes down in Episode 13. What are your thoughts on the forthcoming game-changer?
I would say that there could be any number of bodies — we certainly have enough established characters at this point. And the Amanda‘s a medium-sized craft, so I think she could handle any number of passengers. [Laughs] It’s actually going to be quite shocking. I have heard the rumors of at least one of the people who may be on that boat and all I can say is that we are in desperate talks to try and change that — even though that person is happy with it because in a sense you have to go big on a show like this. I’m really interested to see how that plays out and who truly does end up on the boat. As I’ve said in interviews before, it could always be me, too! [Laughs] I just want a heads up to mentally and psychologically prepare myself if it is. As of right now, being that Nolan has had too much to deal with in his office and hasn’t spent as much time in the Stowaway, I’m hoping I get to avoid that. But I’m sure Mike could find a way to get me on that boat if he wanted to. [Laughs]
Read the full interview with Gabriel Mann over at TV Line.