"Haven" star Lucas Bryant teased some Season 4 spoilers Thursday on a media conference call from location in Nova Scotia where they are currently filming episode 11 of 13. Bryant, who plays Nathan Wuornos on the Syfy series, promised a very changed man in himself, a very changed woman in Audrey (Emily Rose), and an episode where the whole town goes a little wacky and out of character, especially Duke (Eric Balfour.)
Like he's not a little eccentric to begin with. Or the whole town for that matter.
With the end of last season leaving Nathan separated from Audrey, he's down and out this season, and questions himself much more than in the past, according to Bryant. Not that the actor minds the evolution and a new challenge in the role.
"Nathan's always been maybe a little bit too sure of himself -- I mean, sure, he's always got doubts -- but he had this kind of blind trust in himself and Audrey. And that, as you saw at the end of Season 3, led to disaster at that time. So... getting to explore that ruined side of him is a lot of fun. Continuing throughout Season 4 he has a new mission. But yeah, its a lot darker."
And while doing his best not to give away spoilers to a pack of journalistic hounds trying to pry it out of him, he acknowledged that this dark turn wouldn't be ending any time soon this season.
"There are a few (happy) moments definitely for Nathan, but sadly, they seem to be fleeting. Well, you know, it's just the way it's gotta go. When things start looking too good you have to just smash it all to pieces... Especially in the first half of the season, Nathan's outlook is pretty bleak, pretty dark. You learn in that opening episode what he has decided he needs to do and the deal that's about his short future. So no, things aren't looking too good there but I will tell you there may be very exciting lights at the end of that dark tunnel."
Fans can look forward in particular to some interesting developments mid-season, namely something that affects the whole town and makes them all go a little crazy, which provided another opportunity to do something a little different with Nathan.
"A couple of episodes ago I got to play a wildly different version of Nathan. Something happens in town that shakes up everyone's reality. So yes, I got to explore a very differnet side of him which was a blast as a much less reserved and much more effusive side of Nathan that I certainly didn't see coming."
But the real burning question everyone wants to know is will they find Audrey soon? And will she remember her past before the season's end?
"The writers don't tell us very much of anything... I'm lucky if I even know if I have to work tomorrow. (But) Audrey's trip there's a slow unraveling of her personality that does bring back part of the Audrey we know... she does make an appearance. How or why or when I guess I really can't tell you that, but she is not altogether lost."
And if Audrey is having personality changes and memory issues, just how sure is he that Duke's suggestion Nathan may not really be Mr. Right isn't right on target?
Bryant couldn't believe anyone could ask such a thing... but...
"Well, hypothetically, if that were to happen, then we would hypothetically get to see exactly how Nathan deals with that in the hypothetical world... That is a good question. If the writers were going to explore that possibility that would be very interesting. I hope they do and they hypothetically might in something like, hypothetically, around episode four, five or six. "
But of course, that's all just hypothetical. Wink, wink.
While fans can expect a "sort-of" reunion of Nathan and Audrey in the first half of the season, he was mum on any more details. However, Bryant was more than forthcoming about the changes and possible bromance developing between him and Duke.
Perhaps a little too much so.
"Anytime those two characters are put together to try to achieve something together I think it's a great matchup. I have a lot of fun with that jerk Balfour," he said.
It all started with the hug last season apparently.
"About the hug: It's mostly Balfour. He's just got strong arms and when he holds you, you feel safe. So that was all real. All I was doing was just feeling the effects of his embrace, even though I may have started it."
If you're excited to see the new season -- albeit maybe a bit worried after that last bit -- Season 4 of "Haven" premieres on Syfy next Friday the 13th.
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