With ‘Channel Zero: No-End Houe’ approaching its season finale this week we spoke with creator, showrunner, and writer Nick Antosca about last week’s episode, the finale, and a few other things.
Horror Fuel asked, “Is there anything you can tell us about the season finale?”
Yes the finale is one of my favorite episodes of TV that I have ever written. I co-wrote it with Angel Varak-Iglar. I think it’s the most emotional and emotionally disturbing episode of the show so far. And I also really love the way that Steven directed it and the way that Isaac shot it. There are a couple of moments in it that I am particularly proud of and I don’t want to spoil. But I am also particularly proud of the performances of Amy Forsyth, Jeff Ward, John Carroll Lynch, Aisha Dee, all of them do great work in this last episode. And what it really comes down to is the relationship between Margot and her father and the friendship between Margot and Jules. And that’s what we focus on in this last episode.”
We asked if the finale will be as dark as the previous episodes and he responded:
It is an interesting question. I think that things get pushed to a breaking point in the finale. You could argue that there is a darkness in the finale that goes further than anything we have seen, but there is also a hope and an optimism that is built into the ending. And there is a complete journey for Margot and for all the characters really.”
Next week Syfy will air a brief teaser for the third installment of ‘Channel Zero’ which will finally reveal the title and a few glimpses of what’s in store.
As for next season’s cast, Antosca did not go into great detail, but did have this to say:
There’s a couple of people who have been announced, Olivia Luccardi and Holland Roden, the two leads. Olivia of course from ‘It Follows’ and Holland from ‘Teen Wolf’. Both of them are wonderful to work with. They are great actresses. They play sisters. Brandon Scott plays a big role. They are the ones who have been announced. There two other significant cast members who have not been announced yet who I am really excited about. One is something of a legend and the other is one of my favorite actresses from a favorite recent indie film.”
When asked about who will be directing season 3 Antosca said, “She is an independent filmmaker who I think is going to be discovered by the film industry soon and I am very happy to be one of the first to work with her.”
Season 3 will continue the series’ tradition of being inspired by Creepypasta stories, though we don’t know which one yet, but that will be revealed next week along with the teaser.
With Halloween approaching, we couldn’t resist asking Antoshca about how he was planning to celebrate this year. It turns out he’s not a fan of crowds or your average festivities. He would rather be at home sipping champagne and watching horror movies. That sounds pretty good to us.
When I asked which horror movies he’ll be watching, he had this to say:
I like to watch my childhood favorites like ‘The Shining’, ‘Halloween’ of course. I also like to watch more obscure ones like ‘Possession’. I like to watch ‘Phenomenon’, the Dario Argento movie also known as ‘Creepers’.
And I like Suspiria as well. I am really excited to see the new restored version of Suspiria. Unfortunately I missed one of the screenings at Beyond Fest here because I was in the editing room. And then I was just in Spain for two weeks for Sitges and I missed it there too and Dario Argento was there. And I met him but I didn’t get a chance to see the restored version. So I’m like chasing it down. I must see it in the theater. I think it’s going to be in LA in November again so I’m going to see it then I hope.”
Speaking of horror films, you can find eaters eggs throughout both season one and two that pay homage to classic horror films.
There are homages to our favorite horror films throughout the show. In fact, season 3 coming up soon, with the teaser coming up for it next week, is going to be very much in the spirit of Argento films. “