You won’t have to wait until the last episode of “The Bridge” to learn the identity of the serial killer.
“We will solve that crime,” says the show’s executive producer, Elwood Reid. “We’ll put it away in a very dramatic fashion, way before the end of the season.”
That was just one of several new revelations about FX’s freshman crime drama shared by showrunners and cast members at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles. Other juicy tidbits: The challenges of playing Detective Sonya Cross and teasers on what to expect this season and beyond.
The show, a thriller about a mysterious series of killings on both sides of the Mexican-American border, has opened strong in its first three episodes—thanks in large part to strong performances by the unlikely crime-fighting duo of Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir.
Kruger says playing Detective Cross, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, is one the toughest roles she’s ever tackled and certainly the most complex. “I was initially very scared of Sonya, because I couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with her,” she reveals.
With her socially awkward mannerism, by-the-books personality, and almost insufferable intensity, Cross has left audiences feeling much the same way.
Which sort of pisses Kruger off.
“Just the fact that I’m a woman has a lot of negativity,” she says. “It’s much more acceptable for a man to be brusk and rude, and we think it’s charming. Jon Hamm is the most despicable character on television. Yet, because he’s handsome and a guy, women think, ‘Oh, he’s so wonderful.’”
After reading numerous books on Asperger’s and consulting countless hours with people who have the disorder (including one man who serves as her personal adviser on the set), Kruger has learned to love her character. “I am fiercely protective of her,” she says. “She has integrity. She is strong, and yet really, really vulnerable and lonely in her personal life.”
Kruger says you can expect to see Cross come out of her shell a little more in future episodes and be more “colorful.”
One thing you shouldn’t expect to see in future seasons? More serial killers. Though the “The Bridge” is only in its infancy and FX has not yet announced if it will run any longer than the original 13-episode order, the show’s producers are already talking the Do’s and Don’ts of Season 2.
On the Don’t side: There won’t be one big crime next time around. Says Reid, “We’re not going to have ‘serial killer of the season’ every year. “And once the crime is solved in Season 1, it doesn’t mean the story stops in its tracks.
“The thing that’s taking place in this season radically transforms the lives of most of our characters,” says Reid. “The killer, in a very odd way, kind of connects people through his actions.”
Which brings us to Season 2 Do’s: Says Reid, “We’re going to get into sort of different crime stories. Kind of like ‘The Wire’ did. Try to pick up systems and try to look at what makes this place [Juarez] unique on the map.”
“The Bridge” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.