Snakkle Dishes with Colin Cunningham on Falling Skies Season 2Falling Skies series star Colin Cunningham teases the second season of the hit sci-fi drama for Snakkle: ‚ÄúThe first season of Falling Skies, Tom was a teacher and Anne was a pediatrician, and they were sort of still themselves, just thrust into this situation. Now Anne is a seasoned medic on the battlefield and Tom is far more of a warrior, and the kids are soldiers. They‚Äôre not necessarily what they used to be. The first season, they got honed and hardened, and the second season is way darker. There‚Äôs more loss; there‚Äôs more blood; there‚Äôs more everything.‚ÄĚ By Danielle Turchiano
The one thing Cunningham said there is less of this time around, though, is hope. And that means every tension is more tragic and more lives will be lost.
‚ÄúWe saw a bunch of light in Pope in the first season, but I don‚Äôt think we‚Äôre going to play too much with that this season. He‚Äôs thinking clearly; he‚Äôs not encumbered by emotion or all of these feelings or allegiances or things like that. It‚Äôs logic; it‚Äôs survival; it‚Äôs incredibly rational. He‚Äôs very simple that way and very direct. We‚Äôre going to see more of that, and sometimes that will cause problems, as well. This season we‚Äôre going to entertain the darker side of Pope and a little bit more of his selfish side and his edgy side. I think the whole show is a little bit edgier this year,‚ÄĚ Cunningham continued.
When the second season of Falling Skies starts, Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) has been gone for a few months, presumed dead by most in the¬†2nd Mass. This allows others within the new militia to step up and accept new ranks while fighting an even more advanced threat than the Skitters and Mechs of season 1.
‚ÄúWe pick up three months later, and things have kind of settled into a new situation,‚ÄĚ Cunningham explained. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got Hal, who‚Äôs certainly stepped up more and more with responsibilities, and then the Ben character, he‚Äôs grown up and fast!‚Ä¶ The Skitters and the Mechs and the aliens [are] even more violent; they‚Äôre even more organized. They‚Äôre coming, and you see in the second episode, the battles are more and more extreme. They were able to jam our frequency, so the frequency you saw us use in season 1 no longer works. They‚Äôre evolving as well.‚ÄĚ
Naturally, most of the conflict within season 2 of Falling Skies will be between the 2nd Mass and the aliens that have ‚Äúcome down and taken over.‚ÄĚ However, a few new characters will come into play who may stir up the dynamics within the 2nd Mass as well.
‚ÄúThere are definitely some wonderful story turns that were really unexpected for us when we started reading the scripts,‚ÄĚ Cunningham shared. ‚ÄúThere are a lot of wonderful new characters brought in to explore some new story lines. You‚Äôll notice Lourdes has a love interest in the second season, and it‚Äôs so nice to see her character come more to life than in the first season.‚ÄĚ
Some of the new characters may be there to simply take the on-screen place of characters we loved and will sadly lose early in the second season. Cunningham didn‚Äôt want to spoil too much, but one early, shocking death is just going to set the tone for the other changes to come this year.
‚ÄúWar is hell, and fortunately or unfortunately, Falling Skies as a show is bigger than any one character,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIn the real-world war situation, people do die often, and you‚Äôll find Falling Skies is no different.‚ÄĚ
Falling Skies returns to TNT on June 17,¬†2012.