Sam Trammell takes on the position of a posh serial killer within the Netflix crime drama ‘Reckoning.’ HL spoke with the actor concerning the game-changing ending, diving deep right into a ‘darkish’ headspace, and extra.

The position of Leo Doyle in Reckoning, which is now streaming on Netflix, is in contrast to any position Sam Trammell has ever performed earlier than. Leo Doyle looks as if a standard dad and husband, however he’s hiding a horrible secret. He’s additionally a serial killer often called the Russian River Killer. The ultimate moments of the primary season are downright jaw-dropping. Serrato confronts Leo out within the open about his secret. This leaves the door large open for a doable season 2.

MeSlop talked with Sam about that stunning cliffhanger and the way he thinks Leo will deal with Serrato’s speech. He additionally talked concerning the very totally different dynamic between Candace and Leo now that she holds the playing cards of their relationship. The actor opened up about his analysis course of to play a serial killer and exploring the numerous shades of Leo Doyle. Learn our full Q&A beneath.

Okay, we have to discuss that ending, particularly these final couple minutes the place Serrato tells Leo that he is aware of what he did and is aware of who he’s. What was your response while you learn that closing script and also you realized that the present was going to go away on that cliffhanger?
Sam Trammell: It was simply so enormous. Simply to cease proper there was fairly unbelievable. I used to be additionally actually simply so moved by Detective Serrato’s speech to Leo about how he’s simply been making an attempt to avoid wasting all these girls. That similar to hit me so deep as a result of it’s precisely proper, you realize? I simply thought it was a ravishing speech and a good way to exit. This was form of shot with the concept of perhaps three seasons in thoughts, and I assume that’s nonetheless doable that we’d do a second season. The creator/author David Hubbard already has a complete second season deliberate that’s sensible.

After Serrato’s speech, Leo seems stricken. How do you suppose Leo’s going to maneuver ahead after that?
Sam Trammell: That’s an ideal query. Leo’s actually good at assimilating into his atmosphere and his circumstances and making the very best of a state of affairs and dealing himself into the group in a seamless method. He actually matches into that group. He’s the wrestling coach. He works effectively with youngsters. He’s actually good with individuals. He’s good at residing with secrets and techniques. So this is able to be one thing he’d need to reside with and cope with. I don’t think about he would freak out. I feel he might deal with it, however he can be very, very cautious. He’s actually sensible. I feel he can be a tricky particular person to nail. Additionally, there’s the proof. The following-door neighbor, John Ainsworth, already admitted to the crimes and apparently dedicated suicide. So it might be an ideal cat and mouse sport, however what David’s discovered that he would need to do is way more attention-grabbing than only a easy cat and mouse factor. It will be actually, actually good.

Over the course of the season, we actually get to see the great and the unhealthy sides of Leo. He desires to be a greater man, however there’s that aspect of him that may be a killer. By the top of the season, do you suppose Leo has actually modified?
Sam Trammell: It’s such an attention-grabbing dilemma that he has. It’s form of like he doesn’t actually need to kill. It’s not likely what he desires. He desires to avoid wasting individuals, however he has to choke them out with a purpose to revive them. After which there’s the form of pure factor of as soon as they run he has no alternative. That’s the attention-grabbing factor about his spouse. He’s going to need to reside together with his spouse understanding that he in all probability is the killer and was going to kill her, however she didn’t run. His spouse goes to have the facility in that relationship in an enormous method. However I don’t suppose it’s a type of issues that he can let go of. He has this have to be related to his mom, and that’s how he connects to her. He watched her get killed. He feels responsible and looks like he wasn’t in a position to save her. It’s simply this bizarre physiology in his physique. It’s an occasion that occurred that affected him. I feel he would nonetheless have that want, and he would push it away. He’s just like the Tony Soprano. He’s the man that’s flawed, but additionally has these qualities that make you want him. He doesn’t need to be unhealthy, and he’s preventing it. It’s like an habit to getting near his mom by way of these different girls.

Have been you stunned that Candace stayed with Leo?
Sam Trammell: Sure, I used to be. Once I learn that script, I simply thought, “Oh, that is simply so unbelievable.” As a result of she was actually in that precise state of affairs that we noticed in episode 7 in Alaska, with the nurse who was in that state of affairs, however she didn’t run. She simply stayed, and I might see her level in making an attempt to outlive a state of affairs like that. You would possibly attempt to befriend the one that has attacked you since you don’t need to provoke them to complete the job. She does that however ended up staying with Leo, and so they by no means talked about it. That’s the loopy factor. You concentrate on relationships, how there are these silent absolutes that you just each know however don’t discuss. They each knew what occurred. They only by no means talked about it. For my character, Leo, he begins to surprise if she doesn’t understand what occurred to her. Perhaps she does suppose that he simply saved her. After we see her come to that realization of what occurred earlier than he ‘saved’ her, it’s simply chilling. When the viewers comes to understand that she was a sufferer, too, and she or he stayed with him, I simply love that storyline.

Do you suppose there is a component of concern on Leo’s finish now that Candace is aware of about Leo?
Sam Trammell: Oh, completely. I positively suppose Leo is frightened of Candace after that. He sees that not solely can she flip him in, however she might additionally say he’s suspicious. She might depart him, and he can’t be left. I feel that will be the largest factor for him. Candace has been an actual bedrock for him and a supply of stability in his thoughts and his coronary heart and his spirit. So if she left him that will be devastating. What’s nice is that we additionally see that she’s able to large decisions and violence. She burns down that shed, which is absolutely an enormous transfer. It’s a large hearth. It might burn the entire home down. However she doesn’t care. She’s able to damaging him in various methods, however he wants her. So that’s an ideal new dynamic that will play out.

This is a a lot darker position for you than what you’re often taking part in. It was nice to see that Jekyll and Hyde side of your efficiency. Did you do any analysis into serial killers to arrange?
Sam Trammell: We actually had a number of questions, David and I, about what number of psychopathic parts or qualities he may need. We determined that he wasn’t a full psychopath within the sense that he’s somebody who can really feel empathy. He does have that tender aspect. But it surely’s grey. He’s in a position to compartmentalize. He’s in a position to kill after which not really feel an excessive amount of. He’s in a position to simply maintain residing. He does have that ingredient to him, and I did learn a bunch of books on psychopaths and what that’s and the way that feels. The beauty of this half is that it’s not simply black and white. There’s a number of grey in between. He’s in a position to match into the group and assist youngsters. He’s obtained his relationship together with his dad who he actually cares about with dementia, and his spouse and child. He’s such a well-rounded character. You actually search for that as an actor.

Sam Trammell stars within the Netflix sequence ‘Reckoning.’ (Elissa Anderson)

What was it like so that you can actually dive into that grey space of Leo and actually embrace your self in that? That’s a number of heavy stuff.
Sam Trammell: It’s so heavy. I really feel like I gave a pound and a half of flesh for this position. I filmed this in Sydney, Australia. I used to be in Manly Seashore. The north seashores have been the place we shot and the place the set for father’s home was. I used to be actually remoted. I used to be away from all people — my household and my pals — and I simply dove into this. There have been moments that have been so darkish and so intense. The episode the place you really see me with the nurse who I take out, that’s such a tragic factor. She was any individual who was supportive of Leo, after which I occur to run into her after seeing my dad and she or he has a tattoo and it occurs. That scene was simply one of the chilling and intense scenes that I’ve ever finished. I simply actually related to this character and the story of this character. It was actually a extremely darkish place to go. I used a number of music to get into that headspace, and I had all day to get into that headspace. It was actually fulfilling. What we love to do as actors is discover excessive sides of ourselves, no matter aspect they’re and corners that you just’ve by no means explored. This half was actually, actually fulfilling.