Grantlandâ€™s Andy Greenwald hosted the New York Comic-Con panel on Thursday for Cinemaxâ€™s hit crime/action/drama Banshee, which enters its fourth and final season this Winter. The show focuses on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff. He continues his exploits, all the while pursuing his own unique brand of violent justice in Banshee, a small Amish town in Pennsylvania. Cinemax returns the show for its last episodes in January of 2016. Joining the show this season is TV veteran, the beautiful Eliza Dushku, who knows about violent TV from her experience in Buffy, Tru Calling, and Dollhouse.
Banshee creator, writer, and executive producer Jonathan Tropper, made an appearance at the panel, along with stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Matt Servitto, Frankie Faison, and Eliza Dushku.
Greenwald called the show horrific and existentially violent, and that’s a raving review! The obvious first question was why were they going end the show after four seasons. Tropper wanted to end on a high note, and is sensitive about shows overstaying their welcomeâ€¦ COUGH Sopranosâ€¦ COUGH COUGH Dexter. He says that the writers all pitched possibilities for Season 5, but that just reinforced their feeling that this was the end of Lucas Hoodâ€™s journey.
Milicevic discussed the differences between Carrieâ€™s violent fights and dramatic acting scenes. She likes the juxtaposition and calls it a catharsis; although sheâ€™d love to do more comedy work after this grueling experience. You can really tell how much the cast enjoys working with each other. All they do is joke around and give sarcastically funny answers. When asked about whatâ€™s new for bartender Sugar, Frankie Faison said he actually has to wear pants now.
We got an introduction to new cast member Eliza Dushku, who portrays FBI profiler Veronica Dawson. She follows her own set of rules and is willing to go rogue, kinda like Faith from Buffyâ€¦ and as I type that, she says she sees Veronica as a mature Faith! Dushku conveyed a story about her 70-plus-year-old stepmom who was so excited when hearing she would be on Banshee. That became a panel-wide joke about Tropper aiming for the over 70 demographic; hence a Frankie Faison sex scene (just kidding). Matt Servitto is hilarious, and they discuss his epic beard (which fans had cut outs of) and why he shaved it off (his daughter donâ€™t like kissing him with a beard). He absolutely raved about the upcoming season and pled with people not to read any spoilers.
Tropper agreed, talking about how he had Empire Strikes Back ruined when he was 10-years-old, which according to Greenwald is why Tropper is so angry. After all the show has already featured drug dealing criminal masterminds, neo nazi gangs, and now a serial killer shows up!
Favorite moments from the cast: Antony Starrâ€™s was chopping the albinoâ€™s junk off. Ivana Milicevicâ€™s was her fight with Olek (Christos Vasilopolous). They all miss Job (Hoon Lee) and speculate where he is. Servitto again got in a great line: â€œHeâ€™s on Broadway!â€ Lee is actually the lead in The King and I.
Before they opened the panel up for questions, they played the trailer for Season 4 and I literally got goosebumps as the packed room went nuts. You can watch the trailer now here below!
Every questioner spouted undying devotion. The Banshee Brigade is a loud, passionate bunch. When cheers were heard outside the convention room, Tropper demanded we out-cheer them!
â€œWhich character would make the best spinoff?â€ – None. Tropper compared a Banshee spinoff to a â€œKramer Show.â€ Sometimes you just have to let the show end on a high and move on.
â€œDo you regret killing off any characters?â€ Brock (Servitto) was supposed to die in Season 1, but they changed their mind. Antony Starr joked that he wouldnâ€™t have minded killing him.
â€œHas your character rubbed off you in real life?â€
Starr: â€œYes, but donâ€™t attack big people.â€
Milicevic: â€œI walked with more of a swagger after fight training.â€
Faison: â€œI took boxing training at Gleasonâ€™s gymâ€¦ I felt invincible, I wanted someone to bump into me so I could knock em outâ€¦ but I got over that.â€
The two main things I learned at the Banshee panel were that the cast and crew love each other, and that the fans are crazy and raucous. It was a super fun panel, and Season 4 looks off the hook. The fourth and final season of Cinemaxâ€™s Banshee begins in January 29, 2016.
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