Dracula's Jonathan Rhys Meyers Talks Renfield's Torturous Disappearance, a Moment With Mina

Dracula Season 1 Spoilers Renfield KidnappedDracula‘s Alexander Grayson (aka Vlad Tepes) keeps his confidants few in number and close at hand — so what happens this week (Friday 10/9c) when a crucial one goes missing?

Before the NBC series’ small break, you’ll recall, a grieving Lord Davenport hired the very unsettling Nora to find out what role Grayson played in Daniel’s death.

When Lord Davenport’s agents nab — and torture — Nonso Anozie’s Renfield, they’ve got the titular vampire’s right-hand man in a position to spill everything.

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“Renfield is [Vlad’s] closest relationship of the whole production,” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers tells TVLine. “He risks everything to get him back, because he has a great bond and a great love [for Renfield] because they are two people that have been outcasts from society — through who they are and what they are.”

During the hour, a flashback shows us Vlad and Renfield’s first exchange, which takes place in the middle of a stalled business deal and which highlights how tough life was for the lawyer before meeting his patron.

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“At that time, [America] was a particularly dark place to be,” for people of color, Rhys Meyers notes, “and Vlad recognizes that when he sees him.”

Dracula - Season 1While Renfield’s undergoing some very terrible trials (think salt literally rubbed into a fresh wound), Mina and Harker plan a lavish engagement party — which includes an intimate dance that doesn’t escape Lady Jayne’s notice.

Still, Rhys Meyers says his character isn’t sweating the drama Mina’s engagement is causing in his life — or hers. And he cautions fans not to expect a Mina-Harker breakup in the near future.

“It just suits [Vlad] to have them together right now,” he says.