chucky returns on October 5, and along with a certain killer doll, Zackary Arthur, Björgvin Arnarson, and Alyvia Alyn Lind will return as Jake, Devon, and Lexy. Newcomer Nadine (Bella Higginbotham) completes this quartet of troubled but remarkably survival-prone teens. During a recent press day, Gizmodo had the opportunity to talk with them about the new season of the series created by Don Mancini.
In season one, Chucky made short work of Devon’s mom, Lexy’s dad, and several of Jake’s family members, but things seem to get even scarier in season two. After the whirlwind of death that envelops everyone in Chucky’s orbit reignites, the trio are sent to a correctional school run by the Catholic Church – which means yes, we’ll see Chucky face off against nuns, but also some big changes and new drama for our rambling youngsters.
“Lexy has completely changed,” Lind told the group of reporters. “She’s not the character that was in the first season anymore. She’s completely transformed into a much better, more compassionate, more sensitive person. She’s just really trying to protect the people around her and trying to make dealing with the trauma she endured in every possible way.
Not all of the changes within former bad girl Lexy are positive; we see early in the season that she has developed a drug addiction as one of those coping mechanisms. Nadine, his housemate from correctional school, also has some issues—she’s a kleptomaniac—but the two end up forming an important friendship. “We see how Lexy and Nadine can help each other with their problems. They are both very understanding people,” Lind explained. “And Nadine sees what’s going on with Lexy and really tries to help her in any way she can; she is so non-judgmental and really wants her to get better. In return, Lexy grants her unconditional loyalty. Although Lexy has, like, her sarcasm, she’s deep down the most loyal person I think you’ll ever meet. So she really wants to stay by Nadine’s side and help her too.
Higginbotham – who said she didn’t know too much Child’s play before joining the show, but that everyone warmly welcomed her, especially Lind and Mancini – noted that she finds Nadine’s compulsion to steal endearing. It is also useful as the season progresses. “Nadine’s kleptomania is probably one of my favorite traits about [her]. It’s unexpected and Nadine trying to deal with that through the confessionals was very interesting to me, because she definitely treats the confessional as therapy, and I think that’s really cute. But I also think that in this season, Nadine’s kleptomania becomes very useful. And I don’t think that encourages him to stop flight.”
As chucky fans already know, Jake and Devon declared their feelings for each other in the first season; at the start of season two, their relationship weathers a few long-distance bumps, but once they reunite, things start to look up. They make a lovely couple, and the way chucky manages their partnership is incredibly refreshing: it fits right into the narrative without taking over the narrative. It turns out to be two gay children in love… who are dealing with a serial killer doll who really hopes to flay them alive.
“It’s an honor to be able to do this, obviously,” Arnarson said when asked what it was like to be a pioneer in the horror genre. “I think that representation needs to be implemented a lot more – in horror in particular. So to be able to do it and do it well and have it flow so seamlessly throughout the series… feels good.
Arthur accepted. “I think that’s very important on a show like this, especially with a younger audience watching it as well. What Don does so well is he implements those ideas and themes without throwing them in your face. It’s just part of it. It’s just real life.
While Jake and Devon’s lives are obviously complicated by Chucky’s evil presence, being in a Catholic-run institution makes things even harder for the couple. “Throughout the start of the season, Devon and Jake try to reconnect after a while without really talking,” Arnarson said. “Being put in this situation makes it worse; Jake kind of wants to keep things a secret, and Devin says, “No, no, we have to, man.” This is starting to cause a bit of a rift in our relationship.
The religious setting might complicate things for Jake and Devon — “Catholic schools don’t usually exactly accept that kind of relationship,” Arthur pointed out — but it also creates tantalizing matchups for its titular villain, voiced once again by Brad Dourif.
“One thing that’s cool [about the setting] This is how Chucky will react to this new environment. Chucky in a Catholic school – what will happen? I mean, it’s one of the most interesting things I’ve ever heard,” Arthur said. “That’s the great thing about Don’s writing, is that every time for Chucky, there’s something new. And that makes it really refreshing for fans.
Speaking of fans, Arthur recently met a chucky fan who personally thanked him for his portrayal of Jake. “He [said] it was great to see that relationship represented… We were talking about how when they were younger they didn’t have that representation growing up on TV shows. Arnarson has also received positive feedback from fans who see themselves in his character and are proud to be portrayed by him. “I feel honored to be able to represent this and to do a great job doing it,” he said.
chucky season two arrives October 5 on Syfy and USA.
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Editor’s note: The release dates in this article are based in the US, but will be updated with local Australian dates as soon as we know more.