Yellowstone isn’t the only Western galloping onto TV screens this weekend.
Preceding the Paramount Network drama’s Season 5 premiere is the debut of the new Prime Video thriller The English, which casts executive producer Emily Blunt as Lady Cornelia Locke, an English aristocrat who arrives in 1890 middle America hellbent on avenging the death of her son. There, she crosses paths with Chaske Spencer’s Eli Whipp, a Pawnee ex-calvary scout who is on a mission to claim the land that is owed to him for his service to the United States Army. Together, this unlikely duo traverse a violent landscape, unaware that their destinies are intertwined.
Created by Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, Black Earth Rising), the six-part drama is a throwback to classic chase Westerns, only with a Native American installed as the stoic male lead. It’s a role that, at the height of the genre’s popularity, was typically reserved for the likes of Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman.
Below, Blunt, Spencer and Blick discuss the series’ exploration of race, identity and love.