At the end of the Season Two finale of Defiance, Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and Irisa Nyira (Stephanie Leonidas) were buried deep underground – but both are on the call sheet for today’s filming schedule, so the characters are clearly saved in the storyline of Season Three.
“They love threatening to kill me on this show,” admits Bowler. “I don’t know if they’re trying to tell me something – but at the end of every season, it seems that Nolan is always clinically dead. I’ve been killed more times than you’ve had dinner. Everybody kills me. I’m that guy. But he always survives, and that’s great for me, because I want this job to continue until my kids get through high school.”
When it comes to discovering exactly how they are saved from their subterranean peril, the show’s executive producer, writer and showrunner, Kevin Murphy is surprisingly open. “They are rescued by a new race of aliens that we are introducing into the show,” he explains. “They are called the Omec, and they were the first Votan race to develop technology. The fact that they have not been known on Earth until this point is conspicuous. There’s a story behind it that we will be getting into in the premiere.
“The Omec are ultimately a predator race. They are the alpha dogs on top of the pyramid. The rest of the Votan races were slaves, sexual playthings and food for them. When the time came to come to the new paradise on Earth, all of the enslaved kingdoms and planets came together to overthrow the overlords – but now we’re going to discover that one ship survived. It took them an extra 35 years to get to Earth, but now they are here. The question is: what are they going to do about it?”
Defiance Season Three will air in the UK from 25 June at 9pm on Syfy. For more on the biggest sci-fi shows, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.