Bloodline Season 3

Performer of the Week: Kyle Chandler

THE PERFORMERKyle Chandler

THE SHOW | Bloodline

THE EPISODE | Part 23

THE PERFORMANCE | Bloodline gave Chandler one of the biggest challenges of his career in Season 2. The Emmy winner (for his signature role of Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights) was tasked with convincing viewers that his character, Rayburn family golden boy John, was capable of becoming a quasi-serial killer. And we’ll be damned if Chandler didn’t succeed.

As we pointed out in our Dream Emmy entry, the actor spent nearly all 10 episodes of Season 2 as a tightly-wound, F-bomb-dropping powder keg, as John tried desperately to cover up the fact that he’d murdered his brother Danny in cold blood. With each lie John spun, his behavior grew more erratic. Yet his portrayer, miraculously, managed to make his actions relatable.

And Chandler saved his best for last — Part 23 (aka the season finale). When John’s siblings and co-conspirators Kevin and Meg made it clear that they were done protecting their big brother, the betrayal cut into him like a chainsaw on full blast. “Am I the only one in the family who has ever taken any responsibility for anything?” he raged. “I have always f—ing taken care of everyone.”

Feeling more isolated than ever, John then kidnapped the clusterfrak’s one remaining loose thread and held him at gunpoint. In a lesser talent’s hands, the scenario would’ve seemed ludicrous. But Chandler deftly depicted an otherwise decent man pushed to the proverbial brink, prepared to commit a second murder if it meant putting the nightmare behind him and his family. Ultimately, John didn’t pull the trigger. Chandler, on the other hand, went out guns blazing.

performer-of-the-week-barbara-sukowaHONORABLE MENTION | We’re used to getting verklempt while watching emotional family dramas, but time-tripping, post-apocalyptic sci-fi shows? Not so much. However, Barbara Sukowa’s performance during 12 Monkeys’ mother-daughter reunion was as moving as any episode of Parenthood. The wonder, shock and joy on the actress’ face when Katarina saw her little girl, whom she thought had died during the outbreak, gave the scene a quiet, heart-rending authenticity. Sukowa’s smallest gestures during the scene were imbued with so much meaning and emotion, like when her fingers carefully grazed her child’s face as though she couldn’t believe she was really there. If the end of the world means getting to witness revelatory moments like this, then we say bring on the apocalypse.

performer-of-the-week-dylan-bakerHONORABLE MENTION | Dylan Baker‘s character on The Americans was kind of a curmudgeon-y pain, but you had to feel for him as he languished on his deathbed in the Season 4 finale. In William’s final moments, Baker showed us a man coming to grips with the consequences of his actions as the bio-weapon he helped develop ate away at his insides, literally and metaphorically. But as William looked death in the eye, Baker depicted a man still committed to the proverbial cause — even in the ominous presence of the FBI. Someone give the man his Coke, already.

Which performances knocked your socks off this week? Hit the comments!

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13 Comments
  1. Boston2AZ says:

    More FNL love with a dash of Parenthood thrown in for good measure. Kind of surprised that they couldn’t have found a way to get some mention of Gilmore Girls in there. Then they would have had the TV Line Trifecta.

  2. Chan Fan says:

    Kyle Chandler is truly the best in pretty much everything he does. Always have and will be a fan! All reports make him seem like a really nice guy too

  3. Ded says:

    Absolutely love 12 Monkeys! Thanks, Team TVLIne, for recognizing Sukowa’s performance.

  4. Shaun says:

    Ah,Sukowa is an excellent actress.That episode hits you in the feels.

  5. dan says:

    I’ve only seen the first two episodes of season two of Bloodline, and I definitely agree that Kyle Chandler is Emmy worthy! His performance is natural and intense at the same time. He embodies the character of John Rayburn. Can’t wait to watch the rest of the season over the next few weeks. I also think Norbert Leo Butz is knocking it out of the park as Kevin!

  6. The Beach says:

    Bloodline is terrific. I hope enough people are watching this great series that Netflix keeps it going. Matt, does Netlix put out their numbers? I must admit that I missed Danny a lot. He showed up in flashbacks but he was such an integral part of Season 1 that I really missed his character.

  7. Dennis says:

    He’s amazing this season!
    REALLY hope there is a season 3!!!

  8. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Barbara got an honorable mention! She did great in latest episode of 12 Monkeys.

  9. valerie tower says:

    Love bloodline!!!! Kyle is awesome

  10. I love Bloodline and wish it’d get more coverage. The acting and writing are amazing.

    I object to phrasing John’s murder of Danny as in cold blood. The way I saw it was that John didn’t do it on purpose to be malicious. He was so angry that he lost control.

  11. kirads09 says:

    I gotta put an honorable mention in for Melissa Leo in Wayward Pines.

  12. patrickmaloney33 says:

    Considering that the season finale would’ve aired this week if it aired normally, Daredevil’s Charlie Cox should be awarded for being the lead actor in any superhero show!