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Kris Polaha Discusses Ringer's 'Shocking' Exit, Says Show 'Hits the Ground Running' After Break

Ringer has officially signed off for the remainder of 2011, but a new year means new episodes, and — according to Kris Polaha — tons of juicy new drama.

Here, the Life Unexpected alum answers a few of the questions presented by this week’s shocking fall finale and also tells TVLine what fans should look forward to when the CW thriller resumes its freshman run on Jan. 10.

TVLINE | Were you, as a cast, surprised by Gemma’s unseemly death? Or did you know Tara Summers’ role would be limited from the start?
We didn’t know how Gemma was going to make an exit from the show, but we did know that she would be leaving at some point. All of us on set — including Tara — didn’t know if [the writers] would leave [the story] open-ended so that she could come back… So, when they shot her in the face it was pretty shocking. [Laughs]

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TVLINE | How will her murder impact Henry? Will we see new, darker sides to him?
For Henry, there will be a pretty huge level of guilt and remorse. If you think about it, everything seemed so innocent back at the start of the series. No one was really getting hurt and it was just one of those things, you know? People have affairs. But it all got so dark so quickly, and when you see him again in the first episode back, he’ll definitely want nothing to do with Siobhan.

TVLINE | But now the real Siobhan is back in town and seemingly all alone. is there any chance Henry will become more “in the know” when it comes to her true identity and/or whereabouts?
Um, there is a chance. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Will any of these new women joining the show — Madchen Amick or Andrea Roth — fill the void left by Gemma? or maybe Jaime Murray’s devious Olivia?
Not for Henry, no. There’s only one woman for Henry, and that’s Siobhan Martin. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Talk a little about the involvement of Gemma’s very wealthy father in upcoming episodes.
The Martin/Charles investment firm has been trying to land [Tim] Arbogast’s account for years, and in a future episode Henry will be approached to bring him into the fold — much to his dismay. But over the course of certain events, he’s forced to comply with that request. Gregory Harrison (Falcon Crest), who plays my father-in-law, is such a great actor and was awesome to work with. I definitely think they’ll bring him back again.

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TVLINE | Is there anything in particular you’re excited about fans seeing once the show resumes?
Nestor [Carbonell] is amazing [as Agent Machado], and we actually have a few scenes coming up, so that’s something to look forward to. He’s a master of stillness. He can do a scene completely with his face versus needing the use of his body — which is my expertise. I can wiggle the f— out of a scene. [Laughs] I’m also about to go shoot a scene between Henry, Malcolm and Andrew, so I think [the producers] are just really fleshing out this world moving forward.

TVLINE | What about the tone of the show? Is it any different moving forward, given the turn of events in the fall finale?
No, we really just hit ground running when we come back next year. It actually picks up right where we left off.

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13 Comments
  1. Michael says:

    this is one show that keeps getting better and better. if you dont watch, definitely check it out!

  2. Regina says:

    This is the best new show on TV, hands down. Last night’s mid-season finale was amazing! I can’t believe they actually went through with killing off Gemma. And I LOVE that Andrew and Bridget are in love <3 I can't wait to see what happens after the hiatus.

  3. Beth says:

    I am really enjoying this show. I have so many questions, but I love how they’re answering them little by little. Now that Siobhan is back in New York, it raises a lot more questions. The city is big, but the likelihood of people running into each other seems pretty high. Can’t wait to see what happens next! Read more of my thoughts on this episode at http://www.tvmovielove.com/ringer-–-that’s-what-you-get-for-trying-to-kill-me-–-siobhan-in-new-york

  4. Edenheart says:

    I’m actually kind of frustrated with the writing yet desperately loyal to the show.

    I wished I could believe in Bridget’s love for Andrew, but I can’t, the dialogue between them is flat and her truth isn’t clear. I wish the false rape allegations were more compelling, but they’re not, just offensively mishandled.

    I wish Malcolm was more of a truer love interest for Bridget and that their one-night-stand produced a pregnancy mirroring Siobhan’s (crazy, but compelling, no?), but he’s not, he’s limited to just a black drug-addict devoted to a white woman.

    And I wish Gemma hadn’t been killed. Tara Summers is a good actress (Boston Legal, Damages), and to be kept alive this long, gagged and tied to a chair, only to be shot in the back of the head not only undermines the value of the character, but the talent of the actress playing her. And wasn’t there at least 6 gallons of blood splashed around the scene of the kidnapping too? Both Gemma and Charlie didn’t seem to be sporting any massive wounds.

    I’m so frustrated yet desperately loyal.

  5. S says:

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this show. I know the ratings were not good for last nights epiosde but I really hope it picks up soon. <3 SMG

  6. Magically Suspicious says:

    “I can wiggle the f— out of a scene.”

    Indeed you can, Mr. Polaha. And I thank you.

  7. We were disappointed in the fall finale (perhaps in line of the previous episode), but have high hopes that now that Gemma’s kidnapping is behind us and Siobhan is back in town, the show will get its bearings together. Polaha suggests there’s some juicy stuff coming up, so fingers crossed the January return is worth the wait.

    Wanna read our pro and con list for the finale? Check out the full recap on bitchstolemyremote.com here: http://wp.me/p1VQBq-72

  8. Danielle H says:

    We desperately need more of the gorgeous Agent Machado.
    My one qualm with this show is they need to flesh out the minor storylines more i.e. the Agent, Juilet, Andrew’s business partner, etc.
    Cannot wait to see what the real Siobhan being back does to everything. I really have no idea where we’ll end the season and what next season will bring.. I’m up in the air with what direction they may take. I’m loving Andrew and Bridget though, and I hope that ultimately continues.

  9. Sara says:

    Have to say how impressed I was with the love-making scene. It was nice to see a sex scene that didn’t make me feel like I was watching a porno.

    • Doug-H says:

      I wonder if Andrew noticed that Bridget’s lovemaking was different??? Even though they look alike, do they do it the same??? minor detail I guess…

  10. Roland kent says:

    Whet will harry have any scene with Juilet
    Juilet also play’s big rloe in the if there is going to be darker andrew juilet needs her kight to be there for her

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