"Its Sent A Lot Of People Over The Edge..."
Colin Morgan is in high spirits
How will we see Nathan evolve throughout the series?
One of the things we see on TV now, like in
Breaking Bad, for example, is a good guy turning bad. It’s so satisfying to see something like that, that evolution of a character or the breakdown of them. I was really geared up for seeing a man go through something and be very different at the end from where he was at the beginning. It’s something Ashley and me talked about a lot, what would be the event that leads a man to do the things he does and become the thing he becomes by the end of the series.
Did you try to learn a lot of the history of the period?
We had historical advisors available to us on set, making sure everything was accurate. At that time the changes that were happening in farming and machinery were huge. People were suspicious of it, and the times were changing in religion as well. People were really confused and it sent a lot of people over the edge. It was a time of upheaval, and not everyone reacted well to it.
Was it challenging to immerse yourself in the more fantastical sides of the story?
As the story goes on, it becomes more clear why Nathan involves himself and becomes convinced of that world. Because at that time, there was so much about spiritualism and mediums and all these different methods of contacting the dead. But Nathan is in the world of science, and thinks of these things with an open mind. But I feel like his inclusion in that world comes from a deep place of grief and a pain that he wasn’t quite sure still existed in him until he came home to the house he grew up in. There’s a lot of trauma attached to that house that hasn’t come to light by episode one. It becomes clearer as it goes on.