We can’t get enough Colony! After last night’s season finale, which contained a mind-boggling number of open storylines and huge mysteries, we’re still trying to wrap our little human brains around it. So here’s a little bit more Colony for you – a short, exclusive-to-TIBS interview (by email) with Will Bowman himself, the man, Josh Holloway!
TIBS: As an executive producer, do you know the full story for the rest of the proposed seasons? What’s one thing that you’re really intrigued to learn as we go through? Is there anything you can tease us with from future storylines?
Josh: There is a lot of mystery shrouded in the story lines that Executive Producers Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse write. They are brilliant! I actually prefer not getting too far ahead in the scripts as an actor so that I can really be in the moment of the scene; however, as an Executive Producer there is knowledge that I am privy to.
Will and Katie have had an interesting dynamic, almost a role reversal. He’s been very focused on keeping his family together, and not caring if the rest of the world goes to hell – which it is; and she’s been concerned about the future of the humans and the world that will be left to her family, if they survive. What do you think about their relationship?
I think Will has a different way of protecting his family than Katie does and that is where they are at odds, but they are bonded over the same goal, keeping their family together. Working for the authority is Will’s way of finding out the inner workings of a mysterious totalitarian force.
What do you think the turning point for Will has been, where he’s been willing to trust Katie again after their falling out at the end of season 1? In episode 212, there was a moment when he turned to her and asked her what she thought of Broussard’s plan to get the alien gauntlet back – when did he decide to recognize her as a valuable team member rather than someone who just keeps putting them in jeopardy?
He starts to see Katie’s way more clearly when he realizes this power is greater than they can know or control. Will is doing the best he knows in the moment, but their unified front will finally get them moving in the right direction.
What made Will think he could trust Snyder in the finale, or was it more like the only option Will saw?
Will’s relationship with Proxy Snyder in the beginning of season one compared to now in season two is very different. He realizes he needs Snyder to survive and out of everyone else out he believes that Snyder knows things about the enemies that is crucial for survival.
This show has been unusual in that many of the major action players have been female. There are a lot of strong female badasses. How do you like “running and gunning” with Sarah?
Sarah is the real deal and we do have fun and really get into the action scenes. One of my favorite parts of filming COLONY is doing my own stunts. I am proud that COLONY reflects images of strong females. I am surrounded by powerful women in real life, so why shouldn’t they be represented on screen?
Why did Will have so much trouble with Broussard? Was it just a difference in philosophy? Two alpha males clashing? Was he perhaps a little jealous of Broussard’s relationship with Katie – that they were now a team, and he and Katie had lost that aspect of their marriage?
Will and Broussard clashed because of elements of all the above—you are on it! Their difference in philosophy, the fact that they are two alpha males and yes, Will was very wary of Broussard’s relationship with Katie. However, now that they are seeing more eye-to-eye, things have changed and they unite when it comes down to it, for the purpose of survival.
What’s been your favorite scene this season? What was the hardest one to shoot? Was it tough riding that little mountain bike in the season opener?
This series is a patient unfolding of a tremendous story, the way that Carlton and Ryan have designed the series is to allow for clues and easter eggs, but not give everything away at once. There will be pay off, but the citizens of the bloc don’t know too much at this point. The hardest scene to shoot was scaling the wall with Charlie in the beginning of this season. We were on a green screen and it took a lot of imagination to feel like we were high off the ground, being attacked by aliens. I enjoy riding bikes so that bike scene was also one of my favorites and I was totally in my element.
Was the opportunity to work with Carlton Cuse again a draw for you to do Colony? Is Will Bowman the anti-Sawyer?
Carlton Cuse and I have a shorthand and I have full trust in him. That is why we decided to work together again after LOST. I’m a huge sci-fi fan.
Will is not necessarily the anti-Sawyer, in fact they are closer to the same guy than you might think. They both risk their lives for people they care about, they just have different ways to go about it. Sawyer was a con man, who surprisingly had a good heart. Will is the ultimate upstanding guy who will risk it all for those he loves.
Thanks, Josh! I hope you all enjoyed the Season 2 Finale! If you missed it, here’s my finale review
and my interview with Tory Kittles
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