Duke and the new characters A couple of new faces are coming to "Haven" in season 4, and we're going to get to see new sides to Balfour's character because of them. First up is Emma Lahana as Jennifer. "It creates a whole new dynamic for Duke," he said of her, adding that fans will love Jennifer and what Lahana brings to the show.
Meanwhile, we're also going to get the chance to meet Wade, Duke's half-brother played by Christian Carmago, and the brothers have a stormy relationship. "Purely the idea of family for the character of Duke is tumultuous and so to actually bring one of those people into his life in such direct proximity was really challenging for the character," Balfour explained. "It really made for a lot of fun, a lot of conflict, and I think for the fans of Duke, this season is going to be, I hope and I think, one of their favorites because Duke goes through so much this season. We've obviously seen him go through a lot and struggle with his abilities and with his place in this world, but now there's a whole new emotional context to what he's going through."
New developments and choices for Duke If you're a fan of the character of Duke, this is going to be the season for you, according to the actor. "He is going to be pushed harder than ever toward a decision, and he is going to be forced to choose sides in a battle that are almost Shakespearean in nature. They're impossible choices to make," Balfour previewed, adding there are "two really huge changes" coming his way that will "leave fans either really happy or really frustrated" because "it is going to change his place in this world and his choices in his life."
Something that we've seen with Duke is that he's not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy. He's just Duke, and that makes him "the most honest character on the show," according to the man who plays him, and that's going to come into play in season 4: "His choices are always veiled with his own, at times, selfish desires, with his, what I believe is his inherent nature to do the right thing. I think in some ways, his desire to be more earnest may be there, but because of the challenges he faces this season, it becomes that much harder."
More on the reality check When we spoke to Lucas Bryant last week, he revealed that there's an episode coming up that features "a wildly different version of Nathan," and Balfour teased more about that episode: "Because of Audrey and Duke's place in this world and the abilities they have, it affects them differently than maybe the other characters, so for Duke, he's forced to sort of juggle a lot of balls in that episode. One of my favorite things about Duke is getting to see him be the dancing bear in a way or be the court jester almost, so that episode was just a really good opportunity to play on some of that stuff."
Duke and Audrey's bond We are going to see a new Audrey this season—she's going by Lexie DeWitt—but what does that mean for what we'll see between her and Duke? "I think one of the things that the audience is going to get to see this year and to understand is how deep the connection and bond is between Duke and Audrey," Balfour shared, but don't be so quick to interpret that. "If the audience is paying attention this year, you're going to see some things that really start to indicate how well Duke really does know Audrey, and that's going to have an affect on Audrey. It's one of the more exciting things that's going to start to reveal itself over the course of the season."
Other notes from Eric Balfour about "Haven" season 4:
- "I'm really excited about the fans seeing how Duke changes this season and how these new characters are going to affect Duke. It really does start to put him into a completely different dynamic with people that we've never seen him in."
- "There's going to be some greatest hits this year, and we're going to see how past troubles are going to affect this world today. That was actually really exciting."
- "The biggest change is initially seeing how Lucas Bryant's character Nathan is going to have to change his role in how we deal with the troubles, and also how my character Duke is going to have to relate to Nathan and how he is going to have to help him in a way that he, as we know, has always been reluctant to do. So especially in the first handful of episodes, things are completely different."
"Haven" season 4 airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on Syfy. What are you most looking forward to this season in the town of Haven?