‘Ethan wants revenge’
George Rainsford tells us about the dark days that lie ahead for his grieving Casualty medic…
Ethan spirals out of control
Casualty saturday / BBC1 / 9.00pm
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Casualty’s most lovable medic, Ethan, discovered his brother Cal had been murdered.
But with the police unable to charge the killer, Scott Ellison, and with Ethan torturing himself with ‘what-ifs’, his initial grief was just the tip of the iceberg. The mildmannered registrar is about to be consumed by revenge!
This week the team lays Cal to rest, but Ethan is busy at the ED, analysing the post-mortem and working on his payback. With time ticking, will he get to his brother's funeral in time?
TV Times caught up with star George Rainsford, 34, (who in real-life is fun and full of smiles!) to reveal the terrible times that lie ahead…
It’s Cal’s funeral and in true Casualty style, Ethan ends up at work. What’s he up to? At the start of the episode he’s trying to write a eulogy for his brother, then he gets a phone call to go in and pick up some of Cal’s possessions. He gets distracted by the busy hospital, then he finds Cal’s post-mortem and discovers he was asking for Ethan when he died. Ethan can’t handle that, and he spirals out of control.
Everybody’s pressurising him to get to the church and it’s a question of whether he’ll make it.
Last week, Ethan confronted Cal’s killer, Scott, but he’s no closer to any closure, is he? No – he needs justice first. Ethan’s a trusting, moral person and he put his faith in the police, but there’s not enough evidence to charge Scott. Now Ethan wants revenge and we’re going to discover his dark side.
Ethan is isolating himself – this can’t be good for his relationship with Alicia?
Just when they could be happy, he loses his brother. It’s a testing time – both she and Charlie want to help, but he’s pushing them away. He’ll ditch anyone who tries to stop him getting justice.
Ethan’s fighting back tears at the moment, Are those scenes draining to film?
It’s been tiring and the schedule is mad, but it’s an enjoyable challenge. I’ve had to keep to myself on tough scenes, rather than chatting to my friends on set. Luckily, I come home and my child talks to me about dinosaurs, so I have to snap out of it!
You’re friends with Rich Winsor, who played Cal; you even lived together. It must be strange without him?
I’ve genuinely missed him but we still meet up. He actually came and watched his last episode with a few of us in my flat – the same one he lived in with me. It was great, but quite strange because we were having a house party, and then we had to watch Rich’s death on the telly! There’s also a montage of photos at the funeral, some of which are just of me and Rich having a drink on nights out. That was a bit close to the bone.
Would you have liked the door to have been left open for Cal to return? Yeah, it’s so final, but I guess it’s a big compliment to the character that you can give him an exit with such impact.
Please say Ethan won’t go... It’s a really exciting time to be on the show and my contract runs for a good while yet! I’ve started filming an interesting new relationship for Ethan, with one of the regulars who he doesn’t ordinarily interact with. That will be on screen in the autumn…
Thirst aid for the first-aiders. The actors off duty They way they were: Brothers Ethan and Cal