During season 1 of External banks, Ward Cameron (Charles Esten) made a lot of bad decisions, and that only continues into season 2.
“I think he had good intentions. Not that his intentions weren’t good. It’s just that maybe his judgment is not good, “said the Nashville alum, 55, said Us weekly exclusively before the second season. “Every decision he made, he folded later, and in the end, he was cornered. What surprised me the most is that when I read the second season, the first episode, it was about five pages long and I stopped and called my wife. I say, ‘Man, they started running!’ “
While there are always concerns about a second year dip, that was not the case with Netflix’s success.
“It’s hard to write a second season that comes out of a crazy season like that. [Season 2] it escalates in every sense of the word, ”Easten added. “It gets crazier!”
One thing that has increased this season is the pull Ward has between his daughter Sarah (Madelyn cline) and his son Rafe (Drew starkey) – and which side it should be on.
“I think a lot of families, some kids feel, ‘Oh, he’s the favorite, she’s the favorite,’” the singer said, adding that his own siblings feel that he is their dad’s favorite. “Every family knows that dynamic. I think the writers highlighted that a bit. Sarah is this princess. Why wouldn’t she be his favorite? She is amazing. Rafe isn’t that amazing, but that’s the thing about Rafe, the way he plays with that heart. You feel sorry for him too, he’s trying to do the right thing, but he just can’t get there. “
The Tell me your secrets The actor noted that Rafe is “probably even more hotheaded than Ward,” probably because of what he grew up with.
“Being Ward’s son, and also the expectations of being a kind of country club, all of that comes to him. And then he gets into that wild world and he’s too addicted to drugs, ”Esten explained. “He is a kid who is trying to be good and to do the right thing, and that’s where the tension is. … Drew Starkey is just amazing. I always love when I watch scenes of Ward with Rafe, because they started out as the disappointed dad, like, ‘When are you going to get me my generators?’ Then they are with the drug dealers by the fire. And then in season 2, these two guys are bonded. “
Ward’s inner turmoil is also explored in the new episodes. In fact, it does things that not even Ward himself can understand.
“The story makes it bend in ways that are mind-boggling,” he said. “Ward is like, ‘Oh, what do I have to do to protect Sarah?’ No wait, Rafe! ‘Do not.’ So he’s always trying to stick together, but it’s the kind of thing you can’t hold. … Ward isn’t planning anything. He’s just trying to hold this world together and go free. That’s what I love about him: he’s desperate and he’s many facets. “
Season 2 of External banks will hit Netflix on Friday, July 30.