I had the privilege of speaking with the “From Dusk Till Dawn” cast back in June at ATX Festival. In this article, Jesse Garcia (Ranger Freddie Gonzalez) and Eiza González (Santanico Pandemonium) discuss their characters in season two. “From Dusk Till Dawn” season two airs August 25 on El Rey Network.
Examiner: I was very surprised by the decision Freddie makes at the end of the premiere. How would you describe Freddie’s goal in this season? Is he trying to stay back and be with his family, or does he have to go back into the fray?
Jesse Garcia: I don’t think he has a choice. I think this world has kind of just been thrown in his face, and because it’s in his bloodline, it’s impossible to avoid. I think the choice he made at the end of the first episode is kind of to throw off any trial so he can kind of pursue that clean. I don’t think he has a choice. I think that this is his life now. He’s going to have big decisions to make.
Question: There are two very prominent female characters on the show, and I was wondering how you feel the contrast between them kind of explores femininity.
Eiza González: Obviously the balance between Kate and Seth, Richie and Santánico is very night and day. For me, one of my favorite combinations in this show is Kate and Seth. I really love how she is light, you know? You see Madison on screen and she just lights you up. She’s like this full of energy, just like really on point character.
González continued: She’s a hero. She’s a huge hero on the show. I think she’s a big hero. You see this girl that killed her dad, and went through the darkness. She has a transition throughout this whole end of the first season, and then she walks in it. You see her like bossing the guy who used to boss everyone. You see what I’m saying? You get to see this very strong woman.
González continued: And then on this side, you get to see this woman [Santanico] really embracing what she’s been looking for and making him really feel secure, and she’s like a mother… It’s a weird relationship that they have because she’s like in a way really nurturing a character of Richie like giving him a lot of security. You see him grow, and then you see them having a relationship, but she is still kind of in a way using him. So it’s kinda like really interesting that all the characters, the women have a lot of power.
González continued: And then on the other end of the story, you’re seeing all this storyline going through that’s like the dark, dark, dark world like people getting their face ripped off. So when you go to from like those shots to our stories to back to theirs, it really, I think this season really balances it out. I feel super proud.
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Additional reporting by Brooke Nichols.