For fans of the hit TV show “Colony” on USA, the chance to get up-close with one of the show’s stars is a tad surreal. Fortunately, the arrival of the combined efforts of Heroes & Villains Fan Fest and Walker Stalker Con in Portland in late June offered just such an opportunity. And I jumped at it – surreal or not.
Sarah Wayne Callies masterfully plays Katie Bowman on the wildly popular sci-fi drama and as luck would have it, she had a booth at the event – and that booth beckoned to me from across the room at the Portland Convention Center. For the price of an autograph and bonus photo with our heroine, I got the chance to chat for a few minutes with Callies and found out a few things about her and about Colony for season 3.
First of all, I found out that she doesn’t do Twitter and that any conversation with her name via that platform isn’t her. She’s more a Facebook gal, with some interest in possibly pursuing Instagram in the near future. I couldn’t help but tell her that during the live show before the season 2 premiere, one of the three questions asked was from me. My moment in the proverbial 15-seconds of social media fame gave her a little laugh.
I complimented her on some of the Facebook live stuff she’s done prior to episodes of Colony this past season and she said she was “nervous, but I had a good time doing it. People seemed to respond to it.” We talked a little about Colony’s increasing popularity and then, with time feeling like it was winding down (there was no one in line behind me, but I still felt like I didn’t want to monopolize her time), I went in for the kill – what can we expect in season 3?
We talked about the production moving to Vancouver, British Columbia for filming and she said she was fine with that as she’s from B.C. Then I asked about what moving out of the L.A. Bloc would mean moving forward for the show. “I’ve talked with Ryan (Condal) about it and it is certainly going to open up,” she said, adding that Condal has dropped little hints about what’s coming throughout the previous 2 seasons and many of those things will come to fruition in season 3.
Naturally, I tried to use my manly charms on her to spill some details, but she was a tough nut to crack and armed with that wonderful smile, was able to blunt my attempts at information gathering.
Still, for Colony fans, this should mean a rush back through the last two seasons to see what seeds may have been sown to help season 3 grow in the Colony realm. Proxy Alan Snyder said once that you didn’t want to get into the areas between the blocs because it wasn’t a good situation out there. We also got a look at the Santa Monica bloc, which was more like the wild west with warlords in control. We’ve also heard of a safe area for the burgeoning resistance movement located in the desert somewhere. With filming in and around Vancouver, will we see a little more wilderness-oriented action? What other little gems did we hear or see in the past 2 seasons that we should re-analyze moving forward? So much potential to talk about.
Sarah Wayne Callies didn’t provide a lot of answers to those questions during our chat at the Con, but she did provide a wonderful few minutes of her time to talk about the show, its fans and how excited she was to see where it will go. And for those few minutes spent with me, she has my heartfelt thanks.
Colony season 3? I’m already dying to get to it. Aren’t you?
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