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‘DAMAGES': THE END IS HERE
We’re just a stone’s throw away from the premiere of a brand-spankin’ new season of Damages. [Bells, whistles, excitement] And what better way to celebrate the upcoming July 11 premiere than with fresh scoop from last night’s premiere party. Here are three teases for the fifth and final season:
+ As you may know, this season finds Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne) on opposite sides of a case for the very first time, and according to executive producer Glenn Kessler, that was the plan the entire time. “From the beginning conception of the show, we thought of it as Ellen entering the work world and her experiences. And we always anticipated a fifth season of them going head to head. And who prevails remains to be seen — but it’s definitely in the last episode of the series,” he says. That’s right, though the super-spoilery promo for the final season may have hinted at one possible outcome, he warns, “It’s hinted at, but you’ll have to watch the entire season to find out exactly what happened.”
+ Byrne has experienced a lot of professional growth in the course of Damages‘ run. (See: Bridesmaids mania.) And Ellen will find herself flourishing as well. “I think this season she’s particularly herself,” says the actress. “She’s unapologetic and bold and owning her ambition and her drive and who she is and what she’s fought for her whole life. That’s exciting to watch, I think — when someone steps into their own power. I hope fans can appreciate that.”
+ Jenna Elfman, who plays a pivotal role on this season, says while fans might watch the first episode and assume they know how her character’s fate came to be, she promises nothing is as it seems. “Damages is never clear-cut. So the fact that you — even for a breath — think it’s clear cut is your first clue it’s anything but clear-cut,” she says. “We find out things as we go. There’s so much accumulated storytelling over the past four seasons that get brought up, so that’s fun, too. It’s not just a standalone fifth season. Past stories come back into play.”
TERRY’S TREK ON ‘TRUE BLOOD’
Terry (Todd Lowe) goes on a journey with former military buddy Patrick (Scott Foley) on this week’s episode of True Blood, and it will give fans a glimpse into the corners of the character’s mind that are still plagued by memories of war.
Via flashbacks, fans will see Terry’s war experience, and reveals will be made that will help propel the character’s storyline until the end of the season. (Yes, it involves guest star Brian Gherity and, yes, there’s a supernatural twist!) But creating the Middle East in the middle of a California desert was not an easy feat. And Lowe credits production designer Suzuki Ingerslev for the scenes viewers will be treated to this Sunday. “She makes magic,” he says. “There are a lot of people behind the scenes who make the show look as good as it does.”
Meanwhile, he adds, Terry’s experience while away will definitely test his relationship with Arlene (Carrie Preston). “It’s a lot for a wife to put up with — a husband saying he’s leaving unannounced to an undisclosed location. I can’t speak for Carrie, but for the character Arlene, she has to put up a lot with Terry’s history and past. So we’re going to be trying her patience a little bit this year,” he says.
More from Lowe after Sunday’s episode AND come back to ITV a little later for Spoiler Room Video Edition with Joe Manginello!
Tim Hutton thinks this is going to be the best season of Leverage yet. After last season’s finale offered an opportunity for the show to reset, they took it, and, he says “the first show of this season sets the table up nicely for what will be a great year.”
And new headquarters, a new business, and now-public relationships are only the start. “I think you get a sense that Nate is planning something for the team and for himself, and he wants to transition into different ways that the Leverage team operates,” he says. “I think he wants to think more globally and more people.”
But why? His sense of duty, mostly. “Nate starts to realize that the teams has been very successful with what they’ve done. They’ve taken down a lot of bad guys, a lot of bad companies and they’ve helped a lot of people — but there are probably a lot more people to help and there is probably a lot more corruption out there and people being wronged,” says Hutton. “And I just think that it’s time to expand.”
But doing so will put the team in more danger than ever “because there are a lot of people who don’t want them to succeed.” Luckily, they can count on each other. Or can they? “There’s a real level of trust that the team has with one another — so much so that it gives the potential for a betrayal of that trust to happen as the season goes on,” he teases.
Stay tuned for more season highlights from Hutton.