The CWs Walking aid returns tonight for its second season and it gets hotter than a Texas barbecue. Cordi (Jared Padalecki) still has no idea what his partner Micki (Lindsey Morgan) is doing undercover or that his entire family is being secretly watched. When the Davidson family – led by Matriarch Gail (Paula Marshall) – returns to Austin, a longstanding Walker family rivalry is resurrected. And his brother Liam (Keegan Allen) is not doing well.
So of course we got series star and executive producer Padalecki to answer a number of questions ahead of the big premiere tonight. And, as always, it was a wild time.
I wanted to say you are finally coming back, but the show actually hasn’t been that long. This is the strangest break window for any season.
Jared Padelecki: No shit. [Laughs] I mean, not kidding. I think when we all showed up on set we all had our own little two month breaks or whatever. Hiati? I do not knowâ¦
OK then. [Laughs] But it was like, OK, “It feels like it’s been ages and no time either.” But it was great.
You are all literally back in the saddle. So we come back, Micki is undercover and Cordell has no idea what she’s doing, does she?
Right. By the end of season one, all we know is that Micki will be asked to go undercover in San Antonio and the Del Rio area to find out whoever shot Stan Morrison … and also shot Cordell Walker. So it’s kind of a need to know, and Captain James [Coby Bell] thinks Cordell doesn’t need to know, so he doesn’t tell him. He just says that Micki is on a business trip. And so Cordell, the professional he is, says, “Okay, well, let me know what I am doing, how I can help, and when I can hear from her.”
And so a few months have passed and during that time Micki has been working hard in San Antonio trying to find out who in the Northside Nation might be behind this double homicide attempt. In the meantime he has not heard from her, he has not spoken to her. Trey [Jeff Pierre] didn’t hear from or speak to her.
Yes. And the Walkers somehow took Trey under their wing, too. They already loved him, but now that their mutual friend is gone, Trey comes over and he has dinner and they work out and check out each other. Trey obviously had a relationship with the kids too, so he fits like a glove. But there’s still that underlying bit where Trey is kind to think that Walker might know something he would like to know. And Walker has to say, âHey man, me not “Then, a few episodes later, Walker finds out what Micki is up to and what’s going on, and that puts Walker in a pretty awkward position. He’s between a rock and a hard place with his friend Trey, partner Micki and.” what it is dealing with.
What he needs is a little more drama. Especially with this new family coming in …
The Hatfields to our McCoys. The Davidsons have moved back to the ranch next door. And when we were kids, the first 12 to 15 years of Cordell’s life, his girlfriend, Denise, lived next door. And we have Amara Zaragoza, a wonderful actress who plays Denise Davidson, but long story short, there was a tragedy in the Davidson family on their ranch right next to the Walkers and they had to leave Austin.
As a child, Cordell had a bit of a crush on Denise. They were playing and they were older than him and his brother, so I think there was a little bit of basics about Liam like, “Oh, well, Denise is here, so great, you’re going to play with her and not me?” I’m your brother. “And she’s also coming to take on the district attorney role from a former prosecutor …
The job Liam wanted. Oh no!
[Laughs] Yes I know. So Liam has to grapple with the fact that not only is she back in town and likely to rob his brother of his time, energy and focus, but also the job he wanted to be chosen for. And that doesn’t make things easy.
Plus, Cordell has a little bit of guilt that we’ll get into as the season progresses. He tries to bury the hatchet with the Davidsons and Walkers. Trying to say, âHey, let’s give them a chance. It was long ago. It’s been 30 years. You just got back. They’re trying to start their lives over. âAnd Denise is cute, they have a child, her husband isâ¦ fine. It’s a little rough around the edges. [Laughs]
Yes. Dave Annable plays Dan Miller, Denise’s husband. Dave is great. Dan is one of those guys, he’s written like a very classic Texan. You know, “I heard you messed with my family before I even knew you, so I don’t like you.” [Laughs]
Hence the tense bar scene we saw in the promos.
Correctly. A volcano is brewing with Dave’s character Dan, because Dan only knows that there is a drama between the Walkers and the Davidsons, and as far as he knows, the Walkers were to blame. You are the linchpin of many of the problems the Davidsons have faced, and he is part of the Davidsons. He has a spouse who is a Davidson and they share a child, Colton, who is attending school with August [Kale Culley] and Stella [Violet Brinson]which leads to more drama. But as far as he knows, the Walkers are a crappy family that caused a lot of drama for his spouse’s family many decades ago.
Abilene (Molly Hagan) is also somehow connected to all of this. I have a feeling you hinted that your affair might have been with a Davidson?
So what happened is that Abeline was having her affair with “Gary out of the store”. But what happened at the Davidsons is that Abeline was engaged to Marv Davidson. The family patriarch, Denise’s father, and Gail’s late husband.
When Abeline broke off their engagement, she began dating Bonham Walker, our beloved Patriarch Mitch Pileggi, and this is an additional source of argument and argument.
I just spoke to Keegan about expanding the Walking aid World in Season 2 and can now play the nuances of your characters. You have to have the best time.
I had a blast until I just found out that you [bleep]-ing talked to Keegan before you talked to me? What the [bleep], Man!? [Laughs]
Yeah, it’s really fun. Obviously, as you know on TV, a lot of the first season is spent figuring out who the characters are, what they want, what they do, and what their relationships are like with one another. But with Season 2 we laid the foundation. I can’t help but think back to it Supernatural it also seemed – especially when we got into the later years, obviously – “Oh, this just feels like an extension of last season.” Not like we were going to try and introduce a brand new TV show with brand new characters to get the audience to learn to fall in love with her … or hate her if need be. So we went into the first day of Season 2 a few months ago, just like, âOkay, we’re back. This is not season 1, episode 1. This is Walking aid, Episode 19. “
And that’s great because it really is like you left us something to pick up and a family that we have to do Care about. I talked to [showrunner] Anna Fricke in summer …
Oh you [bleep]-ing also talked to Anna ?! You just rub it in now. First Keegan, now Anna. [Laughs]
Well, you’ve been busy walking around Europe!
Alright. Because of me. I accept this. [Laughs]
Anna said the Davidsons have this child, Colton (Jalen Thomas Brooks), who is a peer of August and Stella. And I said, “Wait a minute, Stella has already been through the grief. Leave her alone!”
Amen! [Laughs] Yes, the poor girl. Stella is now a high school graduate. She obviously had a pretty colorful junior year with everything that happened on her ranch including the shooting of her uncle and the return of her father. And Violet, who plays Stella, is such a wonderful actress to capture all of this. But yeah, Stella was definitely thrown through the press. And this year it won’t get any less.
And Kale gets a storyline that is likely very close to you about dealing with August’s mental health issues. How was it?
It was wonderful. I am always impressed by the way our writers, Anna and Seamus Fahey and the gang, present these very real and very relevant issues that we are dealing with in society right now. One of them is the impact of mental health on our youth, on our high school students, on our teenagers. And so we see Kale’s character August dealing with some signs of PTSD because he’s dealing with some really intense things and doesn’t really know how to respond to it or ask for help. And he has this die-hard Texas Ranger dad who doesn’t admit it’s good to ask for help.
He is in a situation where there are many children, actually so many children and Adults all over the world find themselves in it. And part of what Cordell does is try to say, “No kid, everything is fine.” For example: âListen, everything will be fine. Take it easy. “And then Cordell goes into his room and cries or has a moment. But August doesn’t see that and he doesn’t want his father to be scared. After losing his mother, he was without his father for so long and so he thinks, “No, I have to be tough. I have to be the man in the house.” Liam has his own place now since Cordell came back, so even Uncle Liam isn’t here and August says, “I have to go to mine Sister watch out and my dad is going through things. “
That’s a lot of pressure for a teenager.
Yes. And hopefully as the season progresses, August realizes that the best way to get through these times when you need help is to say, “Hey, I need help.”
What’s the matter with Geri now? You have Annable as a serial regular, but Cordi’s childhood crush has hit town! And she’s also someone you already knew.
Yes. Amara is great. And yes, it’s funny, I met Amara, who plays Denise, in season 2 of Supernatural. She was in Vancouver and she was in one of the episodes directed by Kim Manners. So it’s fun to see them after 15 years. She is an absolute sweetheart and a wonderful actress.
We were kind of upset that Geri and Cordell had been there for each other for years … as friends. And then for a while after Emily was murdered. And so we know they share a deep, deep connection. But now someone from Cordell’s childhood is in town and we need to find out what’s wrong with Cordell and Geri. For example, âHey, will we be each other’s confidants and best friends here forever and ever? Or is there more here? “
Walking aid, Season Premiere, Thursday October 28th, 8 / 7c, The CW