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Actor Greg Bryk on 'Bitten,' season 2: 'Truths written in blood'

In season one of Syfy’s werewolf supernatural thriller Bitten, Elena Michaels, the only female werewolf in the world, tried to lead a normal life away from the demands of her werewolf family—her pack. But when renegade mutts threatened the pack’s way of life, Elena returned to the family home of Stonehaven to defend them. There, she confronted Clay Danvers, the lover she left behind—and the man who made her a werewolf.

Eventually, Elena discovered Clay had turned her into a werewolf in order to protect her from his father, Jeremy Danvers, the pack alpha. When the renegade mutts attacked Stonehaven in the season finale, Elena, Clay, Jeremy, and the rest of the pack defended their territory in a bloody battle to the death.

First read part one of our exclusive interview with actor Greg Bryk, who plays pack alpha Jeremy Danvers. Then read part two, below, where he talks to the EW Community about lost human mothers, werewolf babies, and the evolution of Elena.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Jeremy and Elena really had a huge turning point in their relationship at the end of season one, when she found out the truth of why Clay turned her into a werewolf.

GREG BRYK: That’s one of my favorite parts of the show, the relationship between Jeremy and Elena; I also share that with Laura. I adore her. I think she’s just such a bright and dynamic young woman with such potential. I feel like such a mentor to her. I wish there was more in season two. It seems like the story, which is exciting, is so fast and furious and she’s dealing with so many things, and Jeremy is dealing with some things, so we did not have a lot of moments where we could touch base. There’s actually some beautiful moments toward the end where the alpha council has reconvened, and there’s a lot of pressure on Jeremy and Elena. We have this wonderful protecting-each-other moment in public.

I think it’s very clear to the audience where we are and what we mean to each other. I don’t know how long the series will go on, but to me, it’s very interesting to watch what I think will be her journey to become the alpha of the pack. For me, and for Jeremy, it’ll be very interesting to see that season of transition where you pass on whatever wisdom you have, and also learn from her as she is assuming that mantle of power … and how she deals with what is essentially a brutal, patriarchal society. It’s basically all men, it’s all bluster, and I believe it’ll be interesting to see how she does when that finally happens.

Alphas are often determined by fights to the death. Can an alpha cede his authority without his life being on the line?

It’s interesting historically whether an alpha has ever just ceded. It’s sort of like the Pope, I guess. I would think that even before he’s infirm or enfeebled in any way, if Jeremy saw that Elena was the strongest choice for the pack’s survival, he would cede it to her and then act as confidant, as consigliore. Jeremy first and foremost does what’s best for the pack, and when she’s best for the pack, that will be his choice.

We can’t talk about Elena and not talk about Clay. Clay is Jeremy’s son in everything but blood. Will we get to see more of that origin story and how Clay came to Jeremy?

There is a bit of an origin story, but more dealing with Malcolm biting Clay when he was a child and the history between Malcolm and Clay. We don’t touch very much on Jeremy raising or nurturing or bringing Clay to Stonehaven. That’s a tricky relationship too. Clay sacrificed himself for Jeremy in season one when he kept that secret, and almost lost the great love of his life because he held on to a lie to protect Jeremy and the pack. Even though there’s a forgiveness there, for Jeremy, there was such guilt. It’s such a heartbreaking thing to know a person you are in charge of protecting had done something like that for you—and that Jeremy allowed it. That’s very difficult. And yet in the relationships through this new season, you see fewer moments of us talking about our feelings, but more of how people relate to each other and care about each other in the action as it unfolds.

In season one, you touched on how young men/wolves are taken from their mothers and brought up by the pack. Certainly we saw that with Nicky and his father, Antonio. It’s a nice parallel there with Nicky dealing with that as an adult, and here comes Rachel and Logan and their pregnancy. And, of course, Rachel has been kidnapped.

Tremendous pressure is on Logan as the season opens because Rachel is gone and she’s pregnant. That’s a real struggle for Logan throughout the season: between responsibility to the pack and the rules as they have existed for us, and his desire to just be with her and not lose Rachel or not have to take the baby away. That’s a huge issue, and it’s a wedge between us, because he struggles with staying in the pack. And it’s hard. Logan wants to leave. For Jeremy, it’s a series of gentle and less gentle negotiations with keeping him—for the safety of both him and Rachel and the baby, keeping him with the pack and in the pack. There are some really tender scenes between us, and there’s also a couple of moments where Jeremy ends the discussion because there’s just a certain time when you need to be definitive about things.

For Nick this season, there’s a beautiful moment where he finds his mother. It’s such a lovely, lovely episode, where he has found his mother and he obviously doesn’t think that she knows who he is. That’s such a huge void. This year, as the show unfolds, the idea of the curse of the wolf is at the forefront because everyone still has that human side. Nick wants to have love the way Logan has love, the way Clay has Elena. He wants to be able to have kind of a normal life. I think there’s a longing for normalcy with everybody in the pack, this idea that something is missing. There’s something wonderful about the pack, something wonderful about that life, but there’s also something missing. There’s a longing and an ache that becomes more and more pronounced as the tension ratchets. We’re under more and more pressure; it blooms in some very interesting ways.

Bitten has such a high body count! Pete and Antonio’s deaths in season one were a strong signal that nobody is safe. Can we expect more of the same in season two?

The violence of the show picks up, and our fight coordinator builds some exquisite fights. The thing that I like most is that they’re exciting, but they’re character-driven. They’re part of the world. They are as much about nuance of character and personality and emotion as they are just about a battle.

Like Jeremy and his ax.

Yeah! They have me fighting all the time, and I love it. Nothing makes me happier than going home from a day at work all bruised and battered and sore. You feel like your body was used as it was meant to be used. There’s lots of that this year. We live in a world where people can die, can get killed. A lot of our truths are written in blood in this show. There are definitely some terrifying moments and some heartbreaking moments this year, and the audience will come along on this very harrowing journey.

The nice thing about the magic is, they’ve pivoted the tone. It’s a psychological thriller. The magic has added that. There’s an unsettling quality to it. We have a new director of photography this year, and the show looks so good.

Stonehaven is such a gorgeous set.

The visual palette is completely different this year. It looks like a completely different show. It is exquisite. Really spectacular.

The cast of Bitten is known for being as close off the set as the pack is on. It’s not a humorous show, but the rapport you and the others display offscreen seems to come through onscreen. The audience picks up on that dynamic, especially on social media.

I know I can speak for the cast, that we just feel blessed that here’s this incredible chemistry between everybody, and a genuine affection. We enjoy each other’s company, and we spend time together off set. We’ve become a little family. I cherish their friendships and feel blessed to have them in my life.

Our thanks to Greg Bryk for such a candid conversation. Check back later in the week for our interview with Laura Vandervoort, who plays Elena Michaels, Bitten‘s only female werewolf.

Season two of Bitten premieres on Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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