AVC: How has being behind bars affected Hugh Dancy’s performance?
Bryan Fuller: It’s interesting because looking back on the first season, he already feels caged, in a sense. So I didn’t see a huge change in his style of acting as much as I felt him—as opposed to the world oppressing Will Graham and Will Graham building up a defense mechanism of his own cage to hide behind and protect himself from the emotions of others, which he is so vulnerable to—he now actually has a literal cage that is protecting him. There’s moments like when Beverly Katz comes to visit him in the institution, and he thinks she’s actually there as his friend, and then there’s that little heartbreaking moment where he realizes that she’s just there to use him to help solve a case, and you see the loneliness for the first time and the disappointment, and it’s so effective. That was one of the standout nuances that Hugh really impressed me with.