‘Big Sky’ spoilers! Ryan Phillippe reacts to season premiere’s huge twist: ‘I’m going to get backlash’


Big Sky’ spoilers! Ryan Phillippe reacts to season premiere’s huge twist: ‘I’m getting to get backlash’

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Spoiler alert! Contains major details about Tuesday’s season premiere of ABC drama “Big Sky.” 

ABC’s only new fall drama, “Big Sky,” launched with a bang Tuesday, leaving one among its main characters with a bullet in their head. 

Based on C.J. Box’s 2013 novel “The Highway,” the thriller (Tuesdays, 10 EST/PST) marks the network TV return of “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal” creator David E. Kelley, who’s also behind HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “The Undoing.”

It follows two teens (Natalie Alyn Lind and Jade Pettyjohn) and a sex worker (Jesse James Keitel) who go missing after they’re kidnapped by a menacing long-haul teamster named Ronald (Brian Geraghty). Three detectives – Cody (Ryan Phillippe), his estranged wife Jenny (Katheryn Winnick), and new girlfriend Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) – are tasked with finding the missing young women, the newest during a string of disappearances in their rural Montana town. 

But the investigation takes a grisly turn when Cody asks trooper Rick Legarski (John Carroll Lynch) for help probing a gaggle of local truckers a few possible sex-trafficking ring. within the episode’s startling final moments, the usually chipper Rick whips out a gun and shoots Cody dead in his truck before the credits roll. 

“Oh, boy, I’m certain it. I’m getting to get backlash from my fans,” Phillippe says with amusement. On social media, “they’re all excited within the comments thinking I even have a replacement show, like, ‘My guy is back on TV! I can not wait!’ But how often are you shocked to the purpose where your jaw drops? I hope that happens here.” 

Due to upcoming film projects, Phillippe, 46, was unable to plan a possible full season of TV, which made Cody’s early exit more appealing to him. Plus, he liked the thought of twiddling with viewers’ expectations. 

“It’s a bold thing to possess one among the lead actors, who are heavily featured within the marketing, leave within the first episode,” says Phillippe, who last starred on TV in USA’s “Shooter,” from 2016-18. “It sets the bar for the danger that lurks within the show and therefore the incontrovertible fact that nobody is safe. That’s getting to create even more tension and commitment from the audience to lean in and specialize in what’s happening.”


Executive producer Paul McGuigan, who also directed the episode, says there was no pushback from ABC about killing the show’s biggest star.

“The network was curious about doing that,” McGuigan says. “They thought it had been an excellent twist to the story and an excellent opening. It keeps the audience on their toes and provides a way of jeopardy to the entire series. and there are getting to be other surprises you will not expect. we would like people to enjoy the roller coaster ride.”

Cody’s death will have ripple effects not only on the investigation but on his family and colleagues. Early within the premiere, Jenny learns that Cody started seeing Cassie while they were separated. the 2 women will now be forced to line aside their personal baggage as they look for Cody and therefore the missing teens. 

“Every great buddy movie you have ever seen always starts from that time of friction,” McGuigan says. “They need to earn each others’ respect and have each others’ backs because they’ll find themselves in peril (as the season goes on).” 

Upcoming episodes also will explore Rick’s villainous side and his criminal reference to Ronald, who may have compromised their sex-trafficking operation by kidnapping two sibling girls whose family is trying to find them. 

Because of his fractured marriage, Rick “feels considerably sort of a loner, as Ronald does,” McGuigan says. “And they both desire they’re doing the proper thing. it is a warped sense of the planet, but Rick seems like he’s giving these disenfranchised young women a purpose by selling them (to people) in Canada or wherever.” 

nd despite his untimely demise, Phillippe teases that Cody will return in flashbacks throughout the 10-episode first season. 

“Cody is recently clean and sober, so when Jenny and Cassie can’t get ahold of him, they’re worried he fell off the wagon – that he’s during a gutter somewhere and crashed his car,” Phillippe says. Plus, “the murder is pretty much covered up, so it’s getting to take them a touch while to seek out out. And then, over a couple of of the episodes, you get a glimpse into what my character’s relationship with Cassie was like and where that was starting to go. You get a glimpse into the family life between Jenny and our son (Gage Marsh). So my presence will remain in a point .”