Warrior Nun Showrunner Simon Davis Barry Breaks Down Season 2

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Warning: This Interview Comprises SPOILERS for Warrior Nun Season 2Netflix’s Warrior Nun is again for season 2, and sequence creator Simon Davis Barry hopes audiences will stream the brand new episodes in huge numbers, a lot the best way Warrior Nun season 1 was a shock hit for the streamer throughout summer time 2020.


In Warrior Nun season 2, Ava (Alba Baptista) good points better energy over her magical Halo as she leads her Sister Warriors in a determined combat to save lots of the world from the evil angel, Adriel (WIlliam Miller). However not even the Halo Bearer’s newfound skills could also be sufficient to cease Adriel from conquering the world with a faith that worships him.

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Display screen Rant had the pleasure of interviewing Warrior Nun‘s showrunner and director, Simon Davis Barry, in-depth about season 2. He mentioned Ava’s heroic season 2 arc, her relationship with Sister Beatrice (Kristina Tonteri-Younger), how the Halo actually works, why Shotgun Mary (Toya Turner) missed season 2, and the huge twist within the mythology that units up Warrior Nun season 3.


Simon Davis Barry Talks Warrior Nun Season 2

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Display screen Rant: I wished to start out by asking you about capturing Warrior Nun season 2 in the course of the pandemic. What was it like capturing in Spain throughout COVID?

Simon Davis Barry: Nicely, [we] in all probability had the identical frustrations and restrictions that the majority different international locations had for filming with one exception. And that may be that, in Spain, a lot of the life is outside. Eating places, issues like that. It wasn’t as I feel, oppressive, for lots of locations. Eating places might keep open as a result of they’d an outside element.

And for us capturing, as you possibly can see within the present, we spent fairly a little bit of time outside capturing areas. So though we had all the problems with masking, and protectiveness, and every part like that, I feel it was in all probability higher to be in Spain than in most locations. And naturally, the one different draw back was when individuals on the present received sick, it turned, clearly, a wrestle to reorganize, capturing round that. However you already know, that occurs, irrespective of the place you’re with COVID. And that had nothing to do with Spain.

We felt fairly fortunate. We did not have a ton of people that received COVID that disrupted manufacturing. So it was good that on the finish of the day, the entire pandemic was actually extra of a operate of [being] preventative, versus hurting us as a operate of individuals getting the illness.

You actually do not discover that it was shot throughout pandemic circumstances. It appears nice, there are crowd scenes, and every part appears implausible.

Simon Davis Barry: There can be [times] we’d roll cameras, and we might overlook to inform individuals to take their masks off within the background. So there have been a number of takes the place there is a bunch of individuals sporting masks. And simply because it simply generally you get so comfy you overlook.

Let’s discuss Ava. I really like the journey she goes on in season 2. Are you able to discuss how, coming from season 1, you wished her to develop as an individual and because the Warrior Nun in season 2?

Simon Davis Barry: The factor with season 1 – with all season 1 reveals – is that the lead character is being launched to the viewers [so that] you should get to know them in a manner that you simply join with them earlier than they get to take their journey. And with season 1, we had lots of mythology to unpack. We had lots of backwards and forwards and extra exposition as a result of the viewers wanted to know the stakes of the world and likewise the mythology of the Warrior Nuns. And in addition they should get to understand how Ava might combine in an trustworthy manner into this group.

And so the good factor about season 2 is we get to repay all of that. Season 2 actually is the promise of what season 1 units up, and that Ava has to commit now to being the Warrior Nun and the entire issues that entails. Which is a journey of self-defining, understanding, but additionally of sacrifice. And so, the prospect to place Ava on the entrance of the firing line and to be the tip of the spear was simply a lot enjoyable. As a result of each Alba and myself had been pissed off that there was much less for her to do in season 1 action-wise. And we actually wished to reward the viewers and the character by having her in the course of much more motion and season 2, which as you possibly can see, we did.

And so for me, it was that beautiful mixture of a personality that does not simply get to do extra, which she does, but additionally will get to develop extra as a personality in that she turns into actually appreciative of what she’s turn out to be a part of. And in addition, how she will be able to shield the individuals she cares about. And that is what being a hero actually is. It is not simply having superpowers. It is about what sacrifices you are prepared to make for the individuals you’re keen on. In season 2, our job was to get Ava to a spot the place we believed she was prepared to provide every part up for the individuals she cared about.

You talked about Alba being pissed off in season 1 by not having as a lot motion. Was she chomping on the bit to lastly have full-on superhero combat scenes in season 2?

Simon Davis Barry: Yeah, I feel she was till she realized how a lot work was concerned. (laughs) As a result of the coaching is intense. And naturally, each scene with motion needs to be rehearsed properly upfront. And we had been very proud that our solid does lots of their very own fights and lots of their very own motion. We work exhausting to provide our solid the chance to not be doubled in lots of instances. So whereas there are particular conditions the place we do need to have a stunt double as a result of there’s an inherent hazard, for probably the most half, Alba did all of her personal stunt coaching and all of her personal preventing, apart from sure moments. And, that was nice for her.

She’s a bodily individual, she’s a bodily actor. She’s a skilled gymnast, she’s received nice abilities. And so to not put these abilities to work appeared actually loopy. And in addition, she took to it very well. She cherished working with stunt coordinators, the stunt coordinators cherished working together with her. So it was an actual match within the sense that we might actually lean into the motion stuff and have her do greater than we had in season 1, the place she, I feel, actually admire it. Though it was a ton of labor. She has labored so exhausting. Nevertheless it’s the sort of work the place you’re feeling actually good on the finish of the day, despite the fact that you are exhausted and possibly a bit bruised. You do really feel such as you achieved one thing. And he or she had that sense.

I believed Ava’s episode 7 combat with Lilith was the very best combat of the entire sequence up to now. I might like to see some BTS. I want they’d launch your behind-the-scenes footage, so we are able to see how these issues are put collectively. As a result of it was so good.

Simon Davis Barry: We are going to. We’ll put some BTS collectively as a result of, clearly, we did lots of VFX work on that combat sequence, and lots of choreography, and lots of digital camera trickery to make that work. However I am actually glad you admire it because the showrunner and likewise because the director of that scene.

Warrior Nun Season 2 Ava Beatrice Tarask

Was pairing up Ava and Beatrice all the time the plan or was that one thing you realized throughout season 1 whenever you noticed the chemistry between Alba and Kristina?

Simon Davis Barry: It was on the web page in season one earlier than we solid the present that Beatrice and Ava had been going to be… I assume you might say the undercurrent of extra than simply friendship was going to be there. We positively had that in thoughts. And so I feel within the execution of season one, we noticed how a lot better it was than what we wrote due to the actors. And due to the nuance that Kristina and Alba carry.

It actually was, I feel, one thing that made it simpler for us in season two as a result of we felt a lot extra assured about them [and that] that relationship might work and be. And once more, it was the journey, proper? It is by no means concerning the vacation spot. It is all the time concerning the journey. We simply knew that the journey with these two can be fascinating. It will be advanced, but additionally truthful. And I actually thought they did an incredible job enjoying that.

Their chemistry collectively is so good. The digital camera simply loves them collectively. And you already know, after I watched the primary couple episodes of season two, once they had been dancing within the Alps, and I mentioned to myself, “This appears like a love story now.” After which it truly tracks that manner, and it pays off on the finish.

Simon Davis Barry: Nicely, we could not run it by way of the entire season, however we did need to bookend it with that sense. As a result of there’s a lot to do within the present, as you already know. There’s a lot plot, and there wasn’t a ton of house for the romance half to be to really feel prefer it wasn’t slapped on, you already know, so it felt like we’d be doing the characters a disservice if we did not make these moments really feel earned and trustworthy. So we tried to kind of create the form of a season the place that journey of their relationship felt that we earned the ending. We earned the ultimate few beats in episode 8. And that was vital to us. I did not need it to really feel like we had been simply profiting from a state of affairs we knew the followers wished.

I additionally wished to ask you concerning the Halo in season 2. Adriel’s cross impacts the Halo and may shut it off, which explains why Ava would lose her powers once in a while. However I tweeted you a few weeks in the past about my concept that as a result of Ava is a novel Warrior Nun, the Halo has to principally hold her alive 24/7. It expends away extra power and possibly that explains why her powers are in flux. I simply need your ideas on how the Halo works.

Simon Davis Barry: Yeah, we all the time felt that with Ava, the Halo was already working simply to have introduced her again and to maintain her alive. And to maintain her from being disabled. When she makes use of the Halo’s powers, it is way more dramatic within the sense that it expends its power sooner and in a extra dramatic manner for her than it could have [for] different Warrior Nuns. After which in the event you add to that the interference that Adriel is creating with this power within the air, basically this prayer energy. And it is designed particularly to scale back her energy, then you possibly can see how we are able to make the Kryptonite a part of Ava’s superpower a bit extra tied to story and to character versus it simply being a random factor.

We wished it to really feel a bit extra holistic, and a bit extra tied to her particularly. In one other individual, [the Halo] would work a lot in a different way. And you probably did see it in that flashback of Mom Superion when she had it. And once more, the Halo is not infinite, it does have its limits. And so we wished to maintain up that concept of the mythology of the Halo alive by way of that scene.

I cherished the elevated concentrate on Mom Superion (Sylvia De Fanti) and her story, and likewise Camila (Olivia Delcán) getting way more to do. I believed these two had been implausible. However I additionally need to ask you about Shotgun Mary lacking season 2. What was the choice behind that?

Simon Davis Barry: Nicely, the plan was to have Mary in season 2. And sadly, at first of season 2’s filming, Toya [Turner] needed to go away the present for private causes. We needed to in a short time retool the present to accommodate that. And we did not need to recast her as a result of I feel it is too iconic a personality, so what we needed to do is determine a technique to tie in what had occurred on the finish of season 1 that did not really feel too clunky and did not really feel too slapped on.

And on the similar time, we needed to take care of the truth that Toya was simply not accessible for filming. So, it was a really difficult puzzle. However we figured it out in a manner that I feel honors Shogun Mary’s character and likewise units up the brand new characters that emerge in season 2. I am hoping it performs out properly. It is all the time awkward when it is not the plan, proper? We didn’t plan this, however we needed to kind of alter on the fly.

Warrior Nun Season 2 Crown Of Thorns

Lilith (Lorena Andrea) went by way of her personal implausible transformation and journey. On the finish, when she fought Ava, it appeared to me that Ava slashing her with the Divinium sword sort of knocked her to her senses.

Simon Davis Barry: It is a mixture. I feel it is seeing the true Adriel additionally. Right through, Adriel has been promoting Lilith on the concept he is there to reinforce her being the true model of herself. However he isn’t the true model of himself. He is sporting a masks, a human masks, and there is one thing else beneath that. That isn’t human, clearly.

And I feel that on the finish of the story, when Lilith has skilled all of what Adrian’s plan is and the entire parts which can be going into it, the capper for her when she sees that he’s, certainly, a monster. Below all of that disguise. I feel it makes her no less than take a step again. It is not that she has to massively change her standpoint, I feel it is simply that she takes a pause. And in taking that pause, she removes herself from the combat. And that is sufficient.

, it is not like she modified sides. She leaves on the finish. She thinks that Ava deserves a second likelihood and helps her at that second, nevertheless it’s not like Lilith is a distinct character on the finish. She simply took a pause. Seeing Adriel for what he was made her now turn out to be much more impartial as a lady. And never be underneath the thumb of somebody, not underneath the management of somebody.

You launched Raya (Andrea Tivadar) as principally the God determine from Adrian’s realm. Are you able to speak somewhat bit about that character? We noticed simply little glimpses of her, particularly in the direction of the top.

Simon Davis Barry: Reya is an thought we had from season one about Adriel’s flight. We knew that Adriel was an escapee with the Halo, that he had stolen it and that he had crossed over, [and] reduce a gap into our world from his, and that there can be somebody after him. So we knew that was one thing we would have liked to repay. However we thought there was a chance to mix that mythology with what occurred to Michael [Jack Mullarky], and likewise with a bigger story of this alternate dimension that lives alongside ours.

And that there are stakes in our universe that we on Earth… we’re so centered on ourselve and our personal factor, that we don’t know that we’re a part of this greater universe the place different issues are taking place. So I wished to no less than plant the seed that there was a political system of some variety, not politics within the conventional sense, however a hierarchy of worlds on the market, and that Reya might characterize that. And in addition characterize the risk to Adriel, and doubtlessly, a risk to our world inevitably.

The thought was actually to personify that in a manner that individuals might see a face. And we solid Andrea, who’s superb, and we wished to only to essentially try to make the viewers really feel like there was a much bigger universe on the market that they hadn’t seen but. And he or she was the consultant of that.

I actually like the top when Ava went into Adrian’s realm. It felt to me like King Arthur going to Avalon. She’s the One and Future Warrior Nun. I actually dug that.

Simon Davis Barry: Oh, good. There’s so many feelings in that second as a result of, on the one hand, we would like her to stay and then again, we do not need her to go. However sure, we wished to maintain it, such as you mentioned, somewhat bit sort of mysterious and non secular. So is she going to Heaven? Is Reya God?

All of these items had been designed to ask questions like, properly, possibly we’ve misinterpreted every part within the non secular texts, and it is truly about this alternate dimension. However then possibly that is not true. And there may be along with all of that mythology from faith. However we by no means wished the present to be about faith, we wished it to be about individuals. And proper. On the finish of the day, it was actually profiting from a very wealthy mythology, and serving to that make every part really feel a lot greater and extra important.

I am actually hoping, in fact, that Netflix renews it for season 3. Do you’ve got plans? I assume you’ve got plans for season 3.

Simon Davis Barry: Nicely, loosely. I imply, we did focus on [season 3] within the writers room. In fact, whenever you finish a season as writers, you all the time need to just be sure you’ve not written your self right into a nook. And sure, we did have a notion about what season 3 could possibly be and the way that may look. However in fact, it is as much as the followers. In the event that they present up in huge numbers. Netflix will make the proper resolution. And so hopefully, that is what’s going to occur.

Subsequent: Warrior Nun Season 2 Ending Defined In Full

Warrior Nun Season 2 is streaming on Netflix.

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