Introduced in the sixth season of the CW drama as Russell Lightbourne, a divine member of the former “Prime” family, the character of Bourne is now possessed by Sheidheda (aka “Dark Commander”), a man whose bad reputation has left him. precedes. Until recently, however, only a handful of people knew that Russell’s physical form was a deception, adding yet another layer for Bourne to explore as a performer.“I’ve never done anything like it,” Bourne tells TVLine. “And what a gift, just an amazing experience. “Sheidheda never really had a clue of who Russell was as a person, so imitating that perfectly didn’t make sense in my mind. But it was just playing who he thought, or those Russell was, he thought. It was an interesting choice to play him like the way Sheidheda judged Russell, which was a bit of a jerk.
Read on for more of our Q&A with Bourne, including his thoughts on Sheidheda’s “love” for Indra. (Yes, you read that right.)
TVLINE | When “Russell” finally slaughtered his followers in Episode 9, it was almost … satisfying? Is it wrong to say? It was just like the big release moment Sheidheda deserved.
I completely agree. When I read this, I got goose bumps. And when I have to do it, that’s exactly how I felt. It looked like his first step out, and what a way to set the tone from now on.
TVLINE | I knew of Teen Wolf that you can handle a crossbow, but this sword fight between you and Indra was really awesome.
[[[[Laughs]I’ve never worked with a stunt team like this. They really shape everything, and not just for me. They’ve been doing it with the cast for years. They found my strengths and weaknesses as an actor and a fighter, and they made it seem like I’ve been doing this forever … and I do not. [Adina Porter] and I had an amazing time prepping and rehearsing for it. All that, what an incredible dance. … And I get goosebumps in my scenes with [Adina]. The looks she gives, the way she delivers lines. The entire cast is wonderful to work with, but she’s just amazing.
TVLINE | I have to admit that part of me thought Sheidheda was really going to kill Indra, before Madi rushed to save her.
The idea of Sheidheda killing Indra… there is almost too much for him. He has some respect for her, and as twisted and twisted as his idea of love is, he has it for her too. He sees her, the pain she has carried with her since she was a child because of him. The idea of having him by his side is more of a victory [than killing her].
TVLINE | Speaking of travel, what do you think of your character’s new look?
I like it I like it. The hair and makeup crew, shit. They have done an incredible job.
TVLINE | Overall, what can we expect from Sheidheda heading into the series finale?
He’s going to continue to have fun gaining power and support, especially since they took the chip out of his head. His need and desire for that support and to gain that power to become a commander again is back, and he’s going to have a lot more fun this time around. He gains more freedom in his choices and he just doesn’t see himself losing. Even when our heroes present a wall or an obstacle that might disturb him a little, he reveled in it. Bring it, bring it, bring it. He wants to die honorably.
TVLINE | And it will do all of this with one eye!
[[[[Laughs]Yes! When they said that, I was like, “Damn! Okay. ”
TVLINE | Which brings me to my last – and most important – question: do you get an eye patch?
Oh, there’s gonna be a cool eye patch.
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