Bloodline Season 2

Bloodline's Kyle Chandler Previews 'Paranoia'-Plagued Season 2, Shares FNL Movie Update (Don't Get Excited)

The fact that late Rayburn black sheep Danny will continue to haunt Bloodline in Season 2 (premiering Friday on Netflix) is bad news for his sibling John but very good news for the latter’s portrayer Kyle Chandler.

“When they killed Danny at the end of Season 1 it all of a sudden dawned on me, “Oh my God, that means Ben Mendelsohn is gone,'” Chandler recalls to TVLine. “I cannot express how much fun I had working with Ben throughout that first season. We really had a great time. He brought so much life and enjoyment to the set. So it’s wonderful that he’s back and still a part of everything.”

And as the trailer for the new season strongly suggests, Mendelsohn’s pot-stirring character will show up in more than just flashbacks. In one scene, it appears Danny pays his guilt-ridden brother an unwelcome “visit” in the present. In the following Q&A, Chandler sheds light on the nature and frequency of those drop-ins, reveals the biggest behind-the-scenes difference between Bloodline and Friday Night Lights, and explains why he decided to temporarily lift his moratorium on reviving Coach Taylor for last summer’s hilarious Alamo Drafthouse spoof.

TVLINE | What’s John’s mindset when we pick up with him in the premiere?
I can’t tell you, for two reasons. The first one being I don’t really remember. [Laughs] It’s been a long time [since we shot it]. And No. 2, I never know what they’re going to do, they being [exec producers] Todd [A. Kessler], Glenn [Kessler] and Daniel [Zelman]. Because when they get in that editing room, things change, stories change, scenes change. They do a quite a bit of work in [post production]. So when I watch the show it won’t necessarily be what we shot. And it won’t necessarily be in the order that we shot it. They fiddle around with it quite a bit. However, I can tell you that [John and siblings/co-conspirators Meg and Kevin] are trying to deal with their paranoia around [Danny’s murder], and figuring out how to wash the blood off of their hands.

TVLINE | What can you say about the presumably hallucinatory encounters between John and Danny? Is that a common thread throughout the season?
I wouldn’t call it a common thread… You just have to watch and see. People will [interpret] it differently. It’s not like John is walking around with Danny day-in and day-out, like instead of a large rabbit he’s a dead brother. I think [the device] was used really well.

TVLINE | The trailer also indicates that Wayne Lowry has evidence that could implicate John in Danny’s death. Do you think John is capable of committing a second murder?
I don’t know. He may commit a second murder in Season 2. I have a personal feeling on it, but I don’t want to say because it might be a spoiler or something.

TVLINE | Now that you have two seasons of Bloodline under your belt, how would you compare this experience to the one you had on Friday Night Lights?
It’s apple and oranges. I enjoy the process we have [on Bloodline] as much as I did [on FNL]. They’re both very collaborative. But [FNL shot] down the street from where I lived [in Austin], and [Bloodline] is a plane ride and another two hour drive down to the very southern tip of the United States of America. That makes a big difference. But as far as working with the people and working with the writers and producers and what have you, it’s similar.

TVLINE | Are there enough secrets in the Rayburn family for Bloodline to stick around as long as FNL?
[Laughs] There are enough secrets with this family for me to keep doing the show until I’m 92.

TVLINE | Speaking of FNL, how did that Alamo spoof come about?
There’s an Alamo Drafthouse not far from me in Austin. That’s where my wife and I always go. The guy that runs it asked me if I was interested in making that video and I jumped all over it. I’ve never touched Coach Taylor [since FNL ended in 2011]. I like Coach Taylor and I’ve had opportunities to [lampoon the character] on a few different shows, but I never pursued it. I have a reverence for him. And I didn’t think he’d appreciate it. But this one I thought he’d appreciate.

TVLINE | Now how about reviving him for real in a FNL movie? Don’t do it for yourself — do it for me.
That’d be a tough one. Everyone’s a little too old now anyway.

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  1. lechatnoir says:

    Last season was on fire. I can’t believe the premeer is on Friday

  2. JAS says:

    Am I the only one totally fine with no FNL movie? Not every show needs a followup/movie/sequel/reboot. I think it ended pretty well, and I’m okay with that story being over.

    • drhenning says:

      and I agree with Kyle that the actors have gotten older esp the students.. many have gone on to good roles in other projects.. Let’s just keep FNL as that wonderful glimpse of life.. Don’t really know what they could possibly do anyway…

  3. I know what I’m doing this weekend!