Into the Badlands’ Sherman Augustus Previews New Threats and Unlikely Alliances

Aidan Monaghan/AMC
Aidan Monaghan/AMC

If you thought this season of Into the Badlands has been intense, well buckle up! The gang at the AMC drama series have just begun to scratch the surface and things will really come to a head in this week’s midseason finale, “Leopard Catches Cloud,” airing Sunday at 10 p.m. on AMC. Right in the middle of all the action, just as he has been all season long, will no doubt be the Widow’s (Emily Beecham) new regent, Nathaniel Moon (Sherman Augustus). In fact, Moon will work with his old love Lydia (Orla Brady) to try and rally troops for the Widow’s fight against Baron Chau.

It’s been quite an eventful season overall for Moon, as he took up this new role by the Widow’s side. He’s helped her withstand multiple attacks, something no doubt made easier by the awesome new hand/weapon she outfitted him with. While Moon originally wanted nothing more than to kill Sunny (Daniel Wu), the two men actually came to a truce earlier this season. Will that peace between them actually last, especially since Sunny seems headed back to the Badlands?

To get more insight into Moon and look ahead a bit to the rest of Season 3, The TV Junkies went straight to the man himself. Augustus, a former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers, has credits that include Chicago Hope, Low Winter Sun and Westworld. He discussed Moon working alongside Tilda and others in order to win this battle against threats such as Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay) and the Black Lotus. He also picked his favorite fight and discusses the beauty of Into the Badlands’ stunning costumes.

 

The TV Junkies: We’ve seen Moon in this role as regent to the Widow this season, but he often has to work together with her former regent, Tilda. What’s that like for him and do you think he feels threatened at all by that?

Sherman Augustus: It doesn’t really threaten Moon because his loyalty is first and foremost to The Widow. And if  he and Lydia are going to run the Badlands, that means exploring and exhausting every sane and practical way to do so. This goal overrides petty differences. Besides, Tilda is a beast and formidable opponent. She’s quite capable of handling herself and Moon respects that about her. He also sees that despite the quarrels between The Widow and Tilda, there’s a deep mother-daughter bond and that’s to be honored.

Aidan Monaghan/AMC
Aidan Monaghan/AMC

TTVJ: Sunny and Moon came to a bit of a truce earlier this season, but Moon warned him not to return to the Badlands. Why did Nathaniel agree to let Sunny go?

SA: I have a four-point answer to this! I think they have an understanding. First, using my best Quinn voice: “Little Henry.” Not a day goes by that Nathaniel doesn’t think about his slain child and wife. He literally would not wish the pain of that kind of loss on his worst enemy. Second, there’s the ongoing war with Chau. Third, Pilgrim and his Acolytes. And finally, the new threat of Black Lotus.

TTVJ: One of the things Moon is known for is that he lost his hand to Sunny. Now the Widow has replaced it with a pretty sweet hand that is quite the weapon. What’s it like for you working with that?

SA: The Into the Badlands prop masters and designers are some of the best in the industry.  They are both technicians and artists which always results in incredible props. The hand went through various design ideas, one was even a clip-on version. In the end, they came up with a very beautifully designed, richly detailed glove and gauntlet with cogs in the palm. So in a word, it’s “awesome.”

TTVJ: You’ve been a part of some pretty amazing fight scenes on the show, including the one that opened the season where you’re fighting the Widow on that tower and then with Tilda in the woods. Do you have a favorite fight? Or have we maybe not seen it yet?

SA: This is a hard question! I’ve enjoyed every fight scene and really love all of them. However, if I had to pick one, there’s one coming up in Episode 8 of Season 3.

TTVJ: I saw that you were an ex-NFL player and I’d have to imagine your athletic background helps when doing all the fight scenes.

SA: Are you kidding me? It’s amazing! Look, I actually get paid to learn “fight choreography” from the great Master Dee Dee and Andy Cheng! Plus, I get to harass our First AD Mikey Eberle on a daily basis. But seriously, we’re all very fond of Mikey. He is simply the best in the business.

Aidan Monaghan/AMC
Aidan Monaghan/AMC

TTVJ: The costumes on Into the Badlands are some of the absolute best on TV and Moon wears that gorgeous blue velvet coat as regent this season. What’s it like wearing those and how do they affect you playing the character?

SA: Giovanni Lipari [Costume Designer] is quite frankly, a genius. The second I had my costume on I felt regal, invincible, strong, and indestructible. So yes, the costume definitely made a difference in my approach to the character.

TTVJ: Is there anything else you can preview about the midseason finale or what’s to come the rest of the season?

SA: All I can say is keep watching. You ain’t seen nothing yet! With the threat of Pilgrim and the Black Lotus, no one is safe. And expect some unlikely new alliances.

 

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Into the Badlands airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.