Members of the cast of “Bloodline,” the much-acclaimed Netflix thriller, gathered on June 23 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to discuss the series’ just-released second season. Moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten, the conversation included series co-creator Glenn Kessler and cast members Sissy Spacek (Sally Rayburn), Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn), Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) and Season 2 newcomer John Leguizamo (Ozzy Delvecchio). (Watch our five red carpet interviews right here.)
When asked about what’s at the heart of “Bloodline,” Kessler replies that all of the show’s storylines come back to “family.” After the show’s first season that included the death of family patriarch Robert (Sam Shepard) and the murder of the black sheep of the family Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) at the hands of his brother John, Season 2 deals with the cover-up of that crime, as John’s siblings Meg and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) try to protect their brother while seeking to save themselves as well.
“The characters act out of self-preservation in the second season,” Chandler observes. An Emmy winner for “Friday Night Lights” (2011), Chandler recalls when he was first approached by the series’ co-creators Kessler, his brother Todd A. Kessler and their long-time collaborator Daniel Zelman, they told him that “Bloodline” was an experiment for them, one which could flop right on its face. “And right then, I knew I was in,” Chandler remembers.
“Bloodline” marks the first time that Oscar-winner Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” 1980) has worked in a television series from the beginning. When asked of her first memories of working on the show, she laughs as she recalls, “It was intermittently great and hot.”
For Cardellini, her character is so busy trying to help others that she doesn’t truly even know herself. “Each of the Rayburns have their own truth that they’re living whether or not it’s actually the truth,” she notes.
As the newest member of the cast, Leguizamo was a fan of the first season, but he insists that he didn’t binge it because he found every episode to be too intense. “Every episode was like an independent film,” proclaims this self-named “child of the 90s,” particularly appreciating the fact that the series gives actors the room to make the stories character-driven.
“Bloodline,” which garnered Emmy nominations for Chandler and Mendelsohn last year, has yet to be renewed for a third season (Season 2 only dropped four weeks ago on Netflix), but Kessler maintains that he and his team have a lot more stories to tell about the Rayburn family, and he’s anxious for the opportunity to have a chance to tell them.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions right here. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmy nominations). Be sure to read our contest rules.