Listen up, Imposters fans. You might not want to get too attached to all of the characters in Season 2.
Series co-creator, executive producer, and the actor behind new character Shelly Cohen, Paul Adelstein, recently teased to Decider that not everyone is going to make it out of Season 2 alive. “Very much by design, we talked about in season one how somebody needs to die. You want there to be real consequences and stakes," he said. "And somebody dies in season two.”
Adelstein had even more tea to spill during the interview, including that Lenny Cohen (Uma Thurman) will "interact with The Bumblers this time." He also teased that we should brace ourselves for more revelations about Jules' (Marianne Rendón) past. “We find out what’s in Jules’ envelope and a family member of hers becomes a key figure in season two. You learn what’s haunted Jules and whether she’s able to move past it. To a certain degree, it’s way uglier than what the others have gone through. It explains some of her issues and frankly, she’s capable of anything as an actor. It makes the rest of the season for her so incredibly rich.”
Adelstein also hinted that we may not have seen the last of Shelly after his epic showdown with Maddie (Inbar Lavi) in Thursday night's episode of Imposters, which, by the way, was just as intense to film as it looks. "I'm a lot bigger than Inbar, so when we were fighting it felt really violent because it wouldn't be a fair fight," Adelstein told The Daily Dish about filming the fight scene ahead of the episode airing. "We both got beat up. I mean, there was a stunt person there, but we both took a couple spills and it was a fun day."
Lavi echoed Adelstein's account of filming that fight scene when The Daily Dish caught up with her in a separate interview earlier this week. "I was exhausted by the end of it, and I fell so many times while filming it. I was bruised up. I hope it looks good. It didn't feel that great," she said. "I think I got really lucky with the team that surrounds me on the show. I'm allowed to really be as real and as vulnerable as I can be, and they welcome that. A lot of TV shows don't allow that. Our show, we've been blessed working with a person like Paul, who is an actor as well and who happens to be one of the creators of the show. So we always fight for reality and to keep it grounded. So I got to do a lot of my own stunts, and when he chokes me, I asked him to go hard so that I can really go there. I always like to fake the least. I know it sounds ironic because I play a con artist, but the only way to play her is to bring honesty to the table, right? That's how we have you fooled."
Lavi also teased to The Daily Dish that we'll see a different side of Maddie this season as the character tries to leave her con artist life behind, including her various personas. "This season was definitely different for me approaching it. Season 1 had me needing to invent and create all these different colors, all these different women, and we had to kind of start from scratch. This season, I had to really think about one person in particular, and I didn't know her very well, and she didn't know herself very well. She still doesn't. I still don't. And it was challenging. And I had to really ask myself difficult questions," Lavi explained. "Maddie is faced [in] Season 2 with a lot of questions that were left unanswered in Season 1. She was able to escape, right? She ran away. She can't escape this season. So for me as an actress, I had to really dig deep and face a lot of some ugly truth about myself, about Maddie, about people. I think I had to really ask myself what are the behavioral moves that I make as a human being that I'm not proud of, mistakes that I made, people I've hurt, what I feel most guilty about."
We'll see more of what Lavi means as this season of Imposters continues. Catch a clip of an all-new episode coming up on Thursday at 10/9c, below.