Redemption bosses tease possible season 2 – including original series storyline planned
[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Leverage: Redemption Season 1, Part 2.]
Our favorite good-doing villains are back for the second half of Season 1 of Leverage effect: buyout, which remains one of the most fun and entertaining shows around.
By the end of the first season, “Evil Advocate” Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle) was firmly on the road to redemption and was leaving the rest of the team behind to do good on their own. Meanwhile, thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf) has officially declared con artist Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) the team leader, as she will stick to managing a dozen other crews around the world.
Meanwhile, batter Eliot Spencer’s (Christian Kane) relationship with Field Marshal Maria Shipp (Andrea Navedo) didn’t work out when she found out who he was. Newbie Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon) came out on top and added some of Parker’s skills to her hack. And hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) is sticking around after doing good elsewhere for most of the season.
Co-showrunners Dean Devlin and Kate Rorick break down the season and tease what could be next if there was a Season 2.
Is there anything you can share about a season 2?
Kate Rorick: Dean and I have had a lot of conversations about what a potential Season 2 would look like. Let’s knock on the woods that we get one because we have a lot of very, very good ideas.
Dean Devlin: We are cautiously optimistic. This whole roller coaster ride was such a joy and a surprise. Like all children who go to the carnival, we are not ready to go, so we hope to be able to do more rides.
The finale reminded me a bit of the original series finale with Sophie talking to Bligh, like Nate with the Interpol agent. Was it intentional?
Rorick: She picked up some stuff.
Is Harry really ready to end the heists and help people however he wants without the crew as a backup?
Devlin: Harry sets off on a new adventure and it may turn out as he planned and maybe not. We’ll have to see what happens.
Sophie had quite a journey, from being brought back to meet the Jackal until eventually leaving him behind for the theater to decide to stay.
Rorick: We wanted her to have the emotional arc of someone who is ready to take the next step in life. She had been lost for about a year, didn’t know what she was going to do, where she was going to go. When she got to the end of the season, she made a decision. She understood exactly where she needed to be and what she needed to do and she will move forward on this path.
Devlin: In many ways his journey through those 16 episodes mirrors that of Harry in that neither of them can go back to being what they were and both have to figure out, well, who are they going to go from. the front? [That] was why it was so important for them to have this scene at the end of [Episode] 16.
Talk about the Parker you wanted to have, because she’s still the same Parker Eliot has to take, but there is maturity to her as well.
Rorick: She has learned a lot over the past 10 years leading this crew and the other crews. She’s become a responsible brain in her own right, but there are things she missed in terms of her own fulfillment – jumping buildings, doing little things like an elevator. So the fact that she gets back in touch with that, while also using her brain skills elsewhere, it’s essentially a work-life balance that she’s managed to achieve. And she does it by helping Sophie.
Devlin: In the original series, as her character grew older, she overcame many of her weird tics. In this arc, she was somewhat embarrassed by her quirks, but where she’s matured now is that she actually embraces her quirks. She feels that she might actually be more eccentric than before, but without any guilt. It was a really fun aspect to be able to bring her back to life.
Rorick: It’s just maturity there. “I don’t care what you think of me. I am me.”
We’ve talked a lot about Eliot’s life away from the team in these episodes – stuff about his father and his past, his personal life. It was like more than what we saw in the original series, other than that moment at the end of “The Low Low Price Job” when he went to see his dad.
Devlin: It is a story with which we have always wanted to go further. In the original series, that was going to be a big part of this season 6, and so it’s something that we have kept. [and] teased again here. If we take it any further, we’ll take it where we’ve always wanted to go. It’s an important part of the story and it’s an important part of understanding why Eliot is who he is. People are going to be very surprised when this scenario unfolds.
Breanna won with the crew and trusted her instincts. She stopped feeling like a beginner.
Rorick: It’s exactly that. She basically graduated from her first year. She’s gotten to the point where she’s comfortable in the crew, she knows what she’s doing. She knows what her skills are and she has learned a few things along the way as well. It reflects Aleyse’s journey as an actor entering this established set of actors. She just picked up the ball and ran with it.
I really enjoyed watching her relationship with Emily develop because we got to see her get nervous.
Rorick: It was just a lot of fun having them cute. This is an opportunity for us to show when one of our characters gets emotionally involved in the scam, which doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does.
Hardison is back and is staying a while. Because you’ve had Aldis for a limited time, what were your must-haves for him this season?
Devlin: Just having him for a second is worth it and being willing to do it – for example, in this episode he had just finished filming in New York on the series he’s doing for Showtime. [City on a Hill], and he had a week before he started [Black Adam], the DC movie with which he shoots Dwayne johnson, and any other actor would have said, “I’m taking this week to rest.” He did not do it. He came and he put on the show. He’s such a generous actor, such a generous person. We will take whatever we can get because every extra moment with him is worth it.
Hardison and Parker are doing well and I liked that there was no drama when he left. With other things in motion, did you want them to be stable?
Rorick: Yes. They’ve been together for over 10 years now, their relationship has become incredibly stable, and it would seem wrong to me so just because they’ve been apart for a few months, they can’t keep it together. Our characters find their drama in the obstacles presented to them. Hardison and Parker’s relationship is just something they can always count on.
Devlin: Plus, it was fun because in the original series, Nate and Sophie still had these conversations about their relationship in the past. Since it’s not here now, now Hardison and Parker are doing this, “Remember that time we were in Afghanistan …” It’s fun to be able to bring that element back into the show.
What does Eliot’s failed relationship mean for the way he looks at what he does with Leverage?
Rorick: This relationship made it clear to him that his job is incredibly important to him, but he actually wants to find someone he can share his life with, which isn’t something he really is. [thought of]. It was just coming and going before.
Devlin: Let’s face it, for better or for worse, he’s the third wheel in this relationship with Parker and Hardison. [Laughs]
Rorick: Sometimes you need the third wheel for more stability.
I was happy to see this link highlighted in the finale – the “until our last day” reminded me of the fake death in the original finale.
Devlin: It was to try and give a window into what it was like when these guys were alone and to show that relationship – that winning trifecta remains as strong as ever, if not stronger.
You mentioned characters from the original series like Peggy, Taggert, and McSweeten, and brought back Hurley!
Rorick: I love that Hurley has essentially become so stable and trustworthy of our team because the last time we saw him he was a little wobbly. It was great fun bringing in Drew Powell. He’s been a friend of the show for a long time, and it’s just an absolute pleasure to work with and on screen.
RICE is it for good?
Rorick: They are exposed who, [in a] world that is based on secrecy, somehow eliminates them. But I wouldn’t be surprised if something rose from the rubble and we saw shades of it again.
What could we see in a season 2?
Devlin: The only way for me to answer that without revealing things is that what’s always been fun is character growth. We have these interesting characters who are in a new period of their lives. The pleasure will be to see how they advance. There are new members. Sophie is thriving in this new role of team leader, and it’s going to affect her and bring out parts of her past that we’ve never seen before. And in doing so, it will be the same with our other characters.
Will you bring back more original characters?
Devlin: It’s always fun bringing characters back, but we want to make sure those characters relate to characters on the show now, not characters who are no longer on the show. Otherwise, we have a lot of new characters that we want to bring.
In our last conversation you mentioned that we hadn’t seen Sterling because he was so connected to Nate.
Devlin: Exactly. Although Eliot also has his own history with him, so who knows?
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