Viewers only caught a brief glimpse of Audrey Parker’s alter ego Mara in the Season 4 finale. But at the time, it was enough to send shivers down fans’ spines. Season 5 brings Mara to the forefront of HAVEN and the majority of the season will deal with the quest to get Audrey (Emily Rose) back, even though she is right there with them – just trapped in the body of Mara.
In a recent press conference call, stars Emily Rose and Lucas Bryant candidly shared what it is like filming two episodes at a time for the extended 26-episode Season 5, carefully and playfully teased whether there might be something going on between Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Mara (Emily Rose), and gave props to the HAVEN fans for steadfastly standing by the show and venturing out to the remote coast of Nova Scotia from the four corners of the globe just to visit the set of where HAVEN films.
What were you expecting for HAVEN Season 5 since last season ended on such a big cliffhanger?
LUCAS: I don’t think that I had any idea how this season was going to go.
EMILY: I had no hope for this season. I had no clue cause we ended in that cave.
LUCAS: Not as in a “no hope” sense, but like it’s hopeless. We just had no idea of where we were going or what we were going to do. In some ways, I think it kind of developed as it went. There is a larger idea for this double-season that we’re shooting right now, but I think some specifics were changed along the way because of what was happening during [filming] and what people were reacting to on screen. Personally, I guess what I knew coming into this season was that we would be [filming] double episode blocks. That was exciting in that it promised instead of having to deal with the Troubles quickly and succinctly every week, we had more time to explore the effect that those Troubles would have on our characters.
EMILY: It is a 13-episode arc.
LUCAS: And that gave us a longer storytelling format. That’s been pleasant.
EMILY: It was nice to take a breather and not necessarily have everything wrapped up so quickly. It did get very confusing in the preparation of it because you have two episodes in your head that you are currently shooting while you’re prepping for the next two coming up. In a way — while confusing — it was nice because you did know big chunks of the season; at any given point, you knew what was happening for four episodes, so you could make a longer arc, or know more fully where you were and where you were going. We haven’t had that advantage in past seasons. In terms of what I was hoping for, I really had no clue. I knew only from the last sentence that I said in the cave as Mara last year. I didn’t know that she was going to be such a big main character of this year. I’m glad she is. That was a pleasant surprise, really enjoyable and a cool challenge. It’s interesting to come back every year with some of the people coming back as the same people. They know these characters backwards and forwards, up and down. But having to come back and not play Audrey Parker and play a totally different entity — a different person, a different personality — was like getting to know someone new all over again. To have those early conversations with the showrunners and writers about what we all felt like Mara would do and how she would act, it was like giving birth to a new character and that is always a new adventure. It was a real gift and I really appreciate them giving her to me.
With the double-episode shooting format, does that mean that the “Trouble of the Week” story will also span 2 episodes?
EMILY: Pretty much.
LUCAS: It has kind of worked out that way. Sometimes there are multiple Troubles or situations that are spun out over the 2 episodes. It seems like in order to shoot 26-episodes this season that it was the smartest way to get it done. A happy accident, if you will — well, not necessarily an accident – and a nice product of having to do it that way has been what we’ve gotten to do storytelling-wise. There is a lot more character interaction and time to really see how these things affect these characters. The part that I enjoy is getting that time to not just have to run from one fire to another, but to get to rest a bit and learn more about where we came from, where we’re going and why.
EMILY: The other cool thing is it offers a big reason for viewers to come back each week and watch what’s going to be happening. It links 2 episodes together. Before there was an underlying mythology, but now you add the Trouble as a cliffhanger as well. It really ups the stakes for the “I want to be sure that I come back and watch it live,” so that the ratings are awesome every Thursday night.
LUCAS: It has been a series of cliffhangers, hasn’t it?
LUCAS: I guess this season in general, more than the others — well, is it possible that it’s even more than the others — it has been one continuous –
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Lucas Bryant stars as Nathan Wuornos, a small town police officer, in Showcase’s supernatural drama Haven which starts its fifth season on Thursday September 11.
Based on the Stephen King novel ‘The Colorado Kid’, Haven follows small town police officers as they deal with the often horrific ‘Troubles’ plaguing the townspeople.
At the end of season 4 Nathan and co. managed to apprehend William, the man at least partially responsible for the Troubles, and throw him through a gate to another dimension. However, Bryant confirms that this was not the cure-all solution the good guys hoped for. “Initially in the first episode we’ve left season 4 with Nathan doing a thing that he thought was going to fix a bunch of things and it turns out that it hadn’t, in fact it had grave repercussions. So now he’s dealing with the consequences of his actions. But somehow he’s still undaunted and has this stubborn faith that he can get Audrey back, he can fix all of this and he can help Audrey somehow bring an end to all this suffering. I think we’ve seen in the past a lot of Nathan’s bullheaded, blind sometimes, faith in her. There’s more of that, but I would say it’s ratcheted up to a whole new level this year.”
Audrey, our heroine and Nathan’s love interest, came out of the ordeal not feeling exactly like herself. She had in fact reverted to her original, evil, personality; Mara.
“She’s certainly not Audrey, but she really looks like her. I don’t think he knows what to think of her initially, doesn’t have a clue how to deal with her. Thankfully he gets some ideas early on which further bolster his trust in his need to keep pushing to get Audrey. I don’t think that he thinks that they are the same person.”
As to how Nathan’s faith in Audrey will persevere now that she’s become Mara, Bryant describes it as a belief that Audrey is still within his reach. “He doesn’t have a blind faith in Mara by any means, but he has some belief in his ability to somehow salvage Audrey from all of this and believe somehow that she is the answer to how to make things better and that his love for her is somehow the answer too. That causes all sorts of conflict with the others who keep pointing out that Nathan’s done this for a while now and it hasn’t always worked out. In fact it’s had pretty serious consequences in some ways. Nathan has to take responsibility for those and deal with those.”
Season 5 is going to be formatted differently than the earlier seasons. It is being called a ‘split season’ and will be double the length, but split into two sections. “They are sort of two separate stories. It’s all connected, but they will air most likely as separate seasons. The first thirteen, for Nathan it’s about the battle for Audrey Parker and I think – I don’t really know because we’ve just started in to the second 13 – but that seems to be a whole new set of circumstances and problems that have changed Haven completely forever.”
We can also look forward to some completely new types of Troubles this year. “Some are gruesome, some are creepy, there’s a bunch of really weird and wild Troubles coming up. One of my favourites is a ‘Freaky Friday’ trouble with people switching bodies. There are some Troubles that are unlike anything we’ve seen before.”
Something Haven hasn’t always had is a clear villain, but last season that part was filled by William. With him gone Bryant says that Mara will somewhat step into the role, but she won’t be the only threat. “In some ways initially that void is filled by Mara, but then there are other forces at work which I can’t tell you about at all, but which become possibly even more dangerous.”
With Audrey having so many versions of herself, and now having transformed into a ‘bad guy’ version, one wonders what it would be like if other characters did something similar. Bryant is confident that Nathan won’t be undergoing any sort of dramatic personality changes, though. “To explore other sides of Nathan’s character that we haven’t necessarily seen would be an exciting trip for me, but I think the thing about him that is frustrating but is also one of his greatest qualities is that he is so doggedly devoted to her and that he will not waver and will not falter and will not change in that devotion. So as much as I’d love to play other aspects of him I think that a lot of his strength comes from staying the same.”
Haven’s fifth season begins with a familiar sight—the complete and total destruction, once again, of the town’s landmark lighthouse. But to Lucas Bryant, the actor who plays Nathan Wuornos, it will always be worth rebuilding.
“That lighthouse is a beacon, is a symbol of hope for people in an otherwise dark world,” he explains to The TV Junkies before speculating on whether he himself would do the work—and whether it might be better to wait until Haven’s Troubles have at least been put on pause, or stopped. There’s some hope something like that might be around the corner, but it comes at a high price for Nathan who has to watch his beloved Audrey turn into her darkest incarnation yet.
“He’s ruined,” Bryant says about the effect that has on Nathan. “Audrey is his lighthouse, if you will. She is that shining light from the rocky shore, through the fog. There is something about her that he completely believes in and now she’s gone.”
As tragic as that sounds, Nathan won’t stop trying to bring Audrey back even if it does pit him against his friends and usual allies, Dwight (Adam Copeland) and Duke (Eric Balfour), who’ve seen what happens when Nathan goes on a quest to save Audrey. On top of that, there’s a new face in town in the shape of Laura Mennell (Motive), a CDC officer who comes to Haven to investigate what she thinks is a deadly virus outbreak. The presence of something like the CDC is “no bueno” according to Bryant, who pictures some kind of E.T. plastic bubble swallowing the town if the organization were to find out about the Troubles.
The upcoming season also offers some new challenges for its main cast. Bryant is set to make his directorial debut in the second half of the extended, 26 episode season with filming set to happen sometime in September. “I am incredibly excited, slightly nervous, but mostly totally honoured to get to do it,” he says, before mulling over whether fans would be OK watching fellow co-star Emily Rose do a 47 minute monologue.
Rose also has her own challenges diving into a new incarnation, with Bryant raving admirably about what it was like to watch her take on the new, evil personality.
“Emily is amazing, always, but especially this year,” he explains. “Mara is an exciting and probably terrifying challenge for an actor because she’s so dangerous and broad and big and evil and funny, in an awful way. And it was amazing to watch her create and discover and explore that character this whole season. Confounding for Nathan because she looks just like his perfect love, but she is not behaving in any way like Audrey does. And she’s awful. But it really was a fun ride to see Emily do this.”
Despite that, Bryant doesn’t want to see Nathan give up on Audrey.
“He doubts and has doubt, but he doesn’t let that show very often,” he says, coming back to Nathan’s confidence. “Because I think for him, it’s like, what are the other options? To curl up and die? He could, but at this point, no. He’s got to keep going.”
Haven airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy starting Sept. 11 and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Showcase starting Sept. 18.
Episode 5.01 – See No Evil
Audrey, Nathan and Duke’s victory over William feels hollow as they deal with the aftermath.
Episode 5.02 – Speak No Evil
Duke struggles to accept Jennifer’s death; Nathan searches for Audrey in Mara’s cruel personality.
Episode 5.03 – Spotlight
Dwight and Duke deal with a deadly trouble that threatens to burn the town to the ground.
Episode 5.04 – Much Ado About Mara
Episode 5.05 – The Old Switcheroo
Looks like Maura will be sticking around and lots more troubles awaits.
Also the premier date is the same but the time was moved to 8/7 instead of 10/9C so make sure to have your DVR set to record at 8 and to watch the premiere episode. Spread the reminder.
In “Haven” Season 5, audiences can expect to see a lot more of the evil Mara than the hardworking and virtuous Audrey Parker. But what does that mean — both for the characters and for the costumes worn by actress Emily Rose?
Photos and an interview with Rose provide some answers.
Zap2it: On sight, how can we tell Mara and Audrey apart?
Rose: Audrey has always had a softer girl-next-door look, even though she is a strong leading woman. Very natural make-up. Mara’s make-up adds darker/stronger eyes. Audrey’s hair is blonde, down and usually softer. Mara’s is darker brunette, and usually up in a strong pony tail, adding some height to her face for a more powerful presence.
Are there differences in Mara and Audrey’s clothing choices?
Audrey for casual wear is usually soft and “Maine-y.” For work, usually business/casual cop attire. Mara starts out as a timeless callback to a western look (at the beginning of the season). She then moves to Audrey’s clothes out of necessity, but when she chooses her own clothes they are always much darker, harder and more severe.
Are they completely separate personalities, or does Mara have a little Audrey in her?
They are very separate. We put some blonde streaks in Mara’s hair to have a bit of residual Audrey, but personality-wise they are very different in how they deal with people. Mara doesn’t have a filter at all — she will push all buttons and revel publicly in how much she is enjoying pushing those buttons.
What’s it like playing the villainous Mara instead of the virtuous Audrey?
Audrey is very virtuous, and fun in her relationship with Nathan, how she enjoys giving him a hard time. Mara however has been very refreshing to play because she has such a big, manipulative personality. She loves messing with everyone and also enjoys the journey.
I’m hoping Audrey will get some reprieve from life’s stresses so she can enjoy the ride as well!
If Rose’s descriptions aren’t enough to explain the differences, check out the two photos at the top of this post: Audrey, with her hair loose, is on the left. Mara and her ponytail are on the right. “Haven” Season 5 premieres Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.
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Heres another look at the upcoming season of Haven
Looks like there some serious trouble ahead for Haven and its people…..
Dont miss the all new season airing in September
Looks like Syfy has finally given the time and day of when Haven’s 5th season will air…..
Haven finally has a Season 5 premiere date, and a new time slot to go with it.
The supernatural Syfy drama will launch the first 13 of its 26 new episodes on Sept. 11, now airing Thursdays at 10/9c, cast member Eric Balfour revealed on Twitter.
Season 5 picks up immediately after the events of the Season 4 cliffhanger, in which Nathan, Duke and Audrey finally succeed in banishing the destructive Troublemaker William from their lives.
Yet in the Season 5 premiere, titled “See No Evil,” the gang learns that the victory is fleeting, as they are quickly thrust into uncharted waters. Duke is now a ticking time bomb, at death’s door and fighting to contain all the Troubles within him, while Nathan faces his greatest fear that Audrey — the woman he’s fought so desperately to save — may be gone forever. Making matters worse, Haven is hit by a strange new Trouble that’s silencing the townsfolk.
Also this season, as first reported by TVLine, Laura Mennell (Alphas) joins the cast in the recurring role of Dr. Erin Reid, a brilliant CDC epidemiologist who fears that Haven is on the verge of a deadly outbreak.
SOURCE: TV LINE