Christine Orlando from TVFanatic had the pleasure of speaking with Seamus Dever about the peril his alter ego will be facing, which of his coworkers can’t keep their hands off his wife and what is in store on episode 100 of the ABC hit..
TVFanatic: It sounds like Detective Ryan is doing some undercover work in the next episode. What can you tell us about that?
Seamus Dever: So basically, before Kevin Ryan was a homicide cop he was a narcotics cop and one of things that he did was go undercover. It was sort of one of these things were he spent 14 – 15 months in the Staten Island mob, gaining their trust. Getting to know people and getting people to trust him. Getting enough information so that he could help take them down.
What ends up happening is that he gets involved with a girl. This is way before he’s in his present circumstances with his wife Jenny. But there was a girl named Siobhan that ran a bar that was associated with one of the big gangsters down there. Ryan was in a relationship with her. He felt like it was real. He was undercover, playing this role but it was real for him. Then he suddenly had to leave. It was like split town time, but the issue was that she didn’t know what happened to him and the mob thinks he just skipped town because all of these indictments came down. But they only really half succeeded in the mission. There was a piece of information that they didn’t get to take down the boss.
So there’s a murder case in our present day circumstances and it turns out that one of the witnesses and someone that can provide information is this girl Siobhan. And she walks into the precinct one day and it just happens to be at the same time that Ryan’s wife Jenny is there which is awesome and crazy. There’s a big surprise that happens that throws everyone into a tailspin. It throws Ryan’s relationship with his wife into a tailspin. It confuses everybody in the precinct. Beckett and Castle and Esposito are trying to figure out who is this guy that we thought we knew. It turns out he’s full of surprises and there’s a lot of stuff he doesn’t talk about that’s in his past. That’s what this episode is about. All of the stuff that Ryan has never really shared about those dark days in narcotics
TVFanatic: This is the first time Ryan has been undercover since he and Jenny got married. How does she handle it?
Seamus Dever: It’s very confusing and what I thought was interesting was that it’s got to be like a real life thing. Ryan can’t tell Jenny what he’s going to do. Where he’s going or any of his whereabouts and that’s got to scare the hell out of somebody who’s used to him coming home at night. He could be in danger. He could be killed. It’s got to be tremendously confusing for Jenny. We get to see a lot of that which is kind of cool. I think it’s a pretty true to life thing as far as I know. There are friends of mine who worked for the CIA or certain Army operations where they disappear and their wives are just confused but they have their support. So I know this is a real thing in life and we got to do some scenes based on that, which is pretty cool.
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