‘DaVinci’s Demons’: Exclusive clip, David S. Goyer talks season finale

June 07, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.
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David S. Goyer and Tom Riley on the set of "Da Vinci's Demons." (Joss Barratt/ Starz Entertainment)

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David S. Goyer and Tom Riley on the set of "Da Vinci's Demons." (Ollie Upton / Starz Entertainment)

The first season of “Da Vinci’s Demons” comes to a close Friday with an episode titled “The Lovers,” and the show’s creator, David S. Goyer, is promising that some secrets will be revealed — namely the identity of the Prisoner.

“We’re going to reveal who the Prisoner is in the eighth episode,” Goyer confirmed. “We’ve got to answer some questions and introduce some new mysteries as well. So, we decided we’re going to say who the Prisoner is at the end of the first season. You still don’t fully understand why he’s the Prisoner. We’re going to reveal that in the second season.”

Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip from the season finale below — an emotional moment between DaVinci, played by English actor Tom Riley, and Lucrezia Donati, actress Laura Haddock.

“Da Vinci’s Demons,” starring English actor Riley as the young Italian master — here, a handsome, tortured genius with a penchant for opium who is branded as a heretic by the all-powerful church — has been a hit for Starz, which renewed the show for a second episode days after the pilot premiered.

In her review for The Times, TV critic Mary McNamara described the series as borrowing “from film, television and video games to create something new, inarguably flawed, possibly revolutionary and certainly fun to watch.”

Production is already underway on the series’ 10-episode second season, and Goyer said that he’s very cognizant of delivering a satisfying experience for the show’s fan base moving forward.

“I feel like we did a really cool first season and the second season it’s more daunting,” he said. “When you’re doing serialized television you introduce some mysteries and you throw some balls up into the air, but you’ve got to answer some of those questions. You can’t just keep endlessly flirting with the audience.

“I liken the first season of a series sometimes to the first act of a feature,” he continued. “It’s a lot easier to write a good first act than it is to finish a feature because the first act is all about setup. You can just make up anything. That’s why so many movies fall apart in the end, because they couldn’t resolve anything.”

For Season 2 of “Da Vinci’s,” viewers can expect to learn more about the mysterious Sons of Mithras, the Book of Leaves and, possibly, more clues to the true identity of Da Vinci’s mother — and the world of the show will expand to new horizons.

“We introduce this map of the new world at the end of the second episode of the first season, and we’re going to go there in the second season,” Goyer said.

But for now, he’s promising a tantalizing conclusion to the initial eight hour-long installments in the adventures of the historic genius.

“I love how the first season ends,” Goyer said. “I like serialized television and I like a finale that just absolutely punches you in the gut, where you’re screaming at the television because you have to wait six months or a year [to see what happens next]. That’s what I look for in television and I think we have a killer, killer ending.”

— Gina McIntyre

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2 Responses to ‘DaVinci’s Demons’: Exclusive clip, David S. Goyer talks season finale

  1. Sherry says:

    I recommend DaVinci's Demons. I thoroughly enjoyed watching season 1.

  2. lopez says:

    I LOVE this show. I didn't catch the finale, but I can not wait til Season 2. I honestly thought the episodes just stopped airing without an actual finale.

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