From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2: “Danny Trejo is our Terminator”

DJ Cotrona and Zane Holtz talk From Dusk Till Dawn’s bigger, badder, madder second season

Danny Trejo bringing the pain in From Dusk Till Dawn
Danny Trejo bringing the pain in From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn‘s first season ended with a break from the established ties of the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino movie. Newly vamped-out Richie Gecko (Zane Holtz) went off with Santánico Pandemonium (Eiza González), while his big brother Seth (DJ Cotrona) is on the run with Kate Fuller (Madison Davenport). The game has changed, and we’re not in the movie’s universe anymore.

“That was the allure since the beginning, was to take such cool iconic characters that Quentin and Robert created and to break new ground and a new character arc with them,” enthuses Cotrona.

“I keep saying that the second season is like a true sequel to the original movie,” enthuses Holtz. “With Richie and Santánico making it out of the Titty Twister and continuing to tell their story. It’s great to be able to have these characters reestablished like we did in the first season and continue the series and tell new stories.”

A big part of that is splitting up the Gecko brothers. They always felt like a unit, but now their separation will see Richie come into his own. “I feel like he looks at it as an opportunity to finally get out from underneath his brother’s shadow,” explains Holtz. “The Gecko brothers always did work as a pair, but I feel like Richie always felt like he was a little talked down to by Seth, or maybe didn’t feel as valued as he should have by his brother. So he’s looking at it as a chance to see his ambition realised and see if he can be the man he believes he can.”

Seth Gecko (DJ Cotrona) isn't in a good place after the events of the Titty Twister
Seth Gecko (DJ Cotrona) isn’t in a good place after the events of the Titty Twister

“It’s fun because we test the boundaries of both of their worlds, of both of their positions,” Cotrona continues. “And they are co-dependent, they are symbiotic, and a lot of times this show feels like a love story between Seth and Richie, and they’re better together regardless of their differences. Seth’s arc in this season is very much an underdog story, he’s a broken man. So what does it take for him to build himself back up and get back to who he was? And Zane is questioning this new world and this new power that he’s been given, and trying to decide if it’s something that he’s controlling or if it’s controlling him.”

From Dusk Till Dawn is also bringing in some heavyweight guest stars. Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror, Lost) plays the Geckos uncle (“an old school, classy gangster” according to Cotrona), Esai Morales (Caprica, The Brink) plays the season’s big bad Lord Amancio Malvado, and, of course, we finally get Danny Trejo.

“Yeah, I was almost mad in the first season, I showed up on a Robert Rodriguez set and there was no Danny Trejo!” laughs Cotrona. “I kept looking around, I was like ‘This can’t possibly be real, he’s Robert’s mascot!’ But the second season we showed up and there was Danny. The second Danny pointed a gun at me I was like alright, I’ve arrived. Finally I’m here.”

From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 is airing now on Netflix UK. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.