Exec producer Sunil Nayar previewed the upcoming fourth season of Revenge in an interview.
Keep reading for the scoop:
On the storyline of season 4 and the time jump we can expect on the premiere:
I think that one of the overarching goals in sort of this process, and one of those that’s really, I have to say, wonderful, is that we’re a fourth year show and this network has so much other great stuff coming up and just to have kind of the amazing support of the network all the way up to Paul [Lee, President], who’s still such a giant fan of the show.
I think the season premiere is going to be full of surprises, full of unexpected payoffs to our cliffhangers and I think the big question that we’re looking to answer this year as Emily and Victoria and as David comes back this year is that people are asked to change who they are yet again and that is really the battle of who people have been.
Emily has been Emily Thorne for so long and the idea is what does it mean to be Amanda to her? Victoria’s been next to Conrad for so long and what does it mean for her to be a free woman now? David’s been wherever David’s been for so long and what does it mean to be back in the world? And so I think one of the things that we are fascinated to explore is to figure out who our people are and who they really are struggling to try to be and who they’re actually capable of being.
There’s a lot going on and like this show always does, there’s like little bits of time jumps so we always think there’s sort of the fun things to embrace as we jump forward. So I think you’ll see where the episode picks up. We found a perfect spot to do it.
On David Clarke:
It’s a bit of a slow burn. There’s so much that we want to slowly mine and we want our audience learning who David is along with our characters in some ways, so we didn’t feel like burning off a lot of the story because we have some wonderful story to tell, but it’ll be a slow burn. You’ll get your answers in sort of little bits and pieces, where he’s been and what he’s done over the last ten years.
On new characters:
In addition to making James Tupper just a part of the fabric of the show which has been just so fun, he’s such a joy to work with, we’ve added Brian Hallisay who’s playing a character named Ben Hunter, who will come in through Jack’s world, basically, and he’s just a wonderful actor who brings such a vitality and just a kind of raw, wonderful energy to the show.
And then you have the same thing where a woman named Elena Santine is joining us to play a character called Louise Ellis, who is Southern money and just a little bit unhinged but for the most part just kind of, again, this burst of life that we’re going to bring into the Grayson world. So we have these three new characters, one of whom is David Clarke, and they’re all going to be so additive to the show as we go forward, especially because obviously we’re mourning the loss of some of the actors that we loved and lost last year.
On Daniel and Jack:
I think you’re going to love where you find both Jack and Daniel at the beginning of the season. I think that we’ve found really fun ways to answer that because we took them down these paths that we haven’t seen them go down before and to understand both from the character motivation and who they are right now, the choices that they’ve made and the places that we find them I think are really dynamic, really surprising and sort of in keeping with the theme of what our general idea is which is people trying to examine who it is they really want to be. I think that you’ll see Jack definitely answering that question and you’ll see Daniel struggling with his answer to that question.
Charlotte’s definitely got a little bit of anger. Obviously she thinks that Jack is the one who kidnapped her at this point in time so we will see how that pays off. But each year one of the things that we really wanted to do with her is to take her to the next step of growing up and getting out of the fold of her family and I think you’re going to see a Charlotte who is now absolutely independent, who is really informed by the world around her and will really come to learn a lot about who the people she knows are and I think that the journey she has is amazing and I can’t wait for you all to see what Charlotte’s going to do this year.
On Nolan's new romance:
You know, we’re talking about it. We’re not going to launch him into a romance right away because the person who’s eventually going to come back into everybody’s lives obviously is David Clarke and that’s our most exciting addition because we haven’t seen that everybody has an emotional connection to him in a different way. And so we’re also going to do a slow burn with Nolan and you’re going to see him, as the season goes on, start a brand new venture that I think is going to be a lot of fun for him and the audience to see what he’s doing. And, obviously, just his friendship with Emily goes forward, especially as the rules of the game have changed as just a dynamic that we adore and we love seeing it grow and deepen as the years go on.
She’s in a great place. As you’ve seen, she’s cleared her father’s name, took Conrad down and took care of the Victoria threat, so we’re going to find Emily in a really wonderful place when the year begin. But then this being Revenge there’s always the pulling back in the Godfather III-ness of it where as much as you try to get out, this is not a world that lets you out.
On David and Emily:
I think the audience will be surprised by the dynamic between Emily and David as they get to know each other because there’s a tentativeness there, there’s information and there are questions they’ll both have about the other one and so I think that there’ll obviously be a warmth because there’s a connection that is unbreakable that we’ve seen in the past, but the way that it’s plays out in the present will be very different.