I had the privilege of speaking with the “From Dusk Till Dawn” cast back in June at ATX Festival. In this article, Eiza González (Santanico Pandemonium) and Zane Holtz (Richie Gecko) discuss their characters new partnership in season two. “From Dusk Till Dawn” season two airs August 25 on El Rey Network.
Examiner: We have a new partnership with Santanico and Richie. How is Santanico adjusting to this new world of bank robbery and pulling heists when she’s been a dancer and trapped in the Titty Twister for so long? Also, what does Richie think of having her as his new partner?
Zane Holtz: I think that’s something we are going to see more of, obviously as the season progresses, and that’s sort of the main sort of, uh,…
Eiza González: storyline
Holtz: …issues that the two of them are going to have as a couple because now they are, she’s been living in a temple for thousands of years, and I’ve always been one half of the Gecko brothers, and now Seth is gone. So now I’m in this position where I think I’m going to be the boss, where I think I’m going to be the guy, but there is another half to me now as well. And we’re going to be kind of, we’re on the same path, but we have different goals, different destinies, and they sort of clash with each other, and you’ll see that over the season.
Holtz continued: But when we pick up in episode one, we’re pretty effective as a team. I used all of the sort of criminal talents that I’ve picked up over the years, and I have a [laughs] monster for a girlfriend that I can unleash on Ambrose at any time, so I think that’s really fun to see, and I think really sort of reflects in our relationship the whole genre bending of the show. I’m still representing the sort of gangster half of “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and she this sort of supernatural, horror beauty.
González: Yeah I think that it’s very interesting because you get to see throughout the whole first season that there’s a duo, you know. You get to see brains and madness, brains and madness, and you see how they really worked well together.
González continued: And so the second season you get to see how Richie is taking himself apart from Seth, and I think you get to see this process of him realizing that he is much more than he was next to him because I think Santanico really becomes a character that really forges him and really makes him embrace who he is.
González continued: And so, you get to see this transformation of this character that you wouldn’t see because he was a little bit under the shadows of another character like just bitching over everything, you know, and telling him, and now you get to see that he’s the brains and so, she really raises him to become the full brains.
González continued: She has a power that he is getting to know now, which is all the supernatural, and he’s kinda like, you get to see in the first episode like the sex scene that he does like him getting bit and all this stuff. He’s like freaking out and learning new things, and it’s not specifically because it’s “oh they’re having new sex.” It’s much more than that, you know? He’s like realizing that there is a whole new world, and he’s embracing it.
González continued: So, I think that you get to see a more interesting duo, and it becomes really strong, and I think that people get to see how it really affects Seth throughout because he always thought they were the perfect match. And when he starts seeing that they are a better match than him, it really hits the character. You get to see the reflection of how these characters are up here throughout the whole first season, and he’s down here, you know?
González continued: There’s a lot of, like I said at the premiere, we all become chess pieces in this season. I think the really interesting part of this season is everyone is watching over their shoulders. Anyone can stab anyone in the back, and so it’s a world where there are no rules, and so that really puts an edge on the show, and people are interested in seeing what comes next because you never know, you know?
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Additional reporting by Brooke Nichols.