Oh Harry, what has happened to you? It’s abundantly clear with each passing week of X Company that the sweet, sweet Harry we met in Season 1 is no more. Season 2 of the CBC spy drama has been a rough one, to say the least, for the spy team’s youngest member. As with everything on X Company, it wasn’t one event in particular that set off his downward spiral, but instead, a culmination of many things that has led to the much darker Harry (Connor Price) we now see. His new attitude and view on the war and on Nazis hasn’t only affected him, but it’s caused major tensions within the team, and led to some nasty confrontations with team leader Aurora (Evelyne Brochu).
As the team prepares for its toughest task yet, the Allied invasion at Dieppe, those tensions will need to be put aside so they can work together during the roughest of circumstances. Is that something Harry will be able to do? With only two episodes left this season, The TV Junkies spoke exclusively with Price about Harry’s slow descent into the darkness. Price also previewed what fans can expect as Season 2 comes to a close.
The TV Junkies: I’ve heard that shooting in Hungary really allowed you all to have some great bonding moments. How ironic was it, in the midst of all that bonding taking place off screen, to read that this season would see the team fracturing on screen?
Connor Price: It was an interesting parallel to have because ever since Season 1, all five of us were living in Hungary, and for the most part it wasn’t home for us. We were forced to hang out together a lot, get along, go out to eat and go over scripts together. We only knew each other and were forced to get along very quickly. It created a tight relationship that definitely aided us in Season 1, creating an interesting chemistry between the five of us where we understood how we think and work.
Then in Season 2, to have that all break apart was an interesting dynamic because we do all get along and rarely disagree. Then, here we are with Harry yelling at Aurora, but it was very interesting to get to play that because we hadn’t explored that side yet. But it was very fun honestly because it was an experience that I didn’t get to have with the other actors. We weren’t having to play tension often, and it’s great to work with such amazing actors.
TTVJ: It was surprising for viewers to see Harry go to such dark places this season. Was that how you felt when you read what was in store for him?
CP: I was first told about his new arc in between Season 1 and 2. Mark [Ellis] and Stephanie [Morgenstern] had told me that something very serious would be coming up for Harry in Season 2. He would go through a very dark phase, go through fits of rage and he’d murder somebody. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how they were going to achieve that. Season 1 Harry is so naive, idealistic and hopeful. In Season 1 he’s saying things like, in Episode 1 where he has to kill the Germans on the bridge, “these guys are brothers. They are fathers.” He sees them with a sense of empathy, and in Season 2 that’s a complete 180.
Luckily we have such great writers and they plant such brilliant ideas and events in Season 2 that lead to a very believable change in Harry come Episode 5, when he ends the episode saying “We’re going to slit every Nazis throat and watch them bleed.” It’s a complete 180, but I think thanks to the writing, and a very heartbreaking arc for Harry, it’s able to come to light.
TTVJ: Those “Dark Harry” scenes are very emotional to watch and they have to be emotional as an actor to play. How do you prepare yourself for those?
CP: It’s definitely tough as an actor, and I personally feel a lot of pressure because the experience that Harry is going through is something that millions of young soldiers had to go through during WWII. Post traumatic stress is something that people still deal with, and something I personally have never experienced and hope I never will have to, but I have to bring a sense of realism to it. There’s pressure in having to achieve that and having to achieve these real emotions that went on within the conflicts of war, and the inner conflict these people feel and how it affects them and the people around them.
Luckily for me it was made easier for two reasons. One was the writing and the way Harry’s arc occurred. The words were there and I just had to make it feel real. That becomes much easier when you have great writing. The second is the other four spies are all brilliant actors and very giving and very open. That makes my job much easier. So the pressure of having to achieve something, and portray an emotion I felt like I had to do justice, was made much easier with the writing and other performers.
TTVJ: Harry is the most glaring example of how the team has really lost its innocence. Is he too far gone at this point, or is there hope that he can one day bounce back from the things he’s witnessed and had to do?
CP: I think there’s room for him to come back, and I think the reason is because of the people he’s surrounded with. It’s the four other spies giving him the support and care that young Harry needs. He is, at the end of the day, still a kid. I think if he were to experience the rest of the war himself, he’s too far gone and too stuck in his ways to change. But I think it’s going to get to a point where he has to reach a breaking point, he has to breakdown and he has to rely on the people around him to revert to what he really is. Who other to do that than his other spy mates who know him, sometimes better than he knows himself?
TTVJ: Harry has disagreed with Aurora’s leadership choices on several occasions. Where do things stand between them heading into these last two episodes?
CP: It’s still rocky. In the last two episodes there will be a confrontation, and there will be more talks where I’m wondering if the right person is the leader, and if that person should be taken down and replaced by someone else. However, that being said, going into this finale in Dieppe, there also has to be a solution to this problem. They are going to have to come together, figure out and remind themselves why they are there and what’s important. How can we get around this conflict we’ve been feeling? There will be confrontation, but there will be a solution. Will they achieve that? Well you’ll have to watch the finale.
TTVJ: History tells us that things don’t go well there for the Allied forces in Dieppe, but can you preview what’s in store for our team over the last two episodes?
CP: Our team will be put through the biggest test they’ve ever had. I mean that physically, it’s a grueling test for them, mentally and emotionally, the things that they see and the emotions they feel towards each other, and how they are going to have to go against a lot of their emotions. Completing the mission rides on the fact that they will have to rely on each other to get through it, and remain emotionally and physically stable. It’s a huge test for them. Depending on the outcome it’s also a huge hint towards where Season 3 would go.
TTVJ: When you say the finale is the biggest and most challenging test for the team, on one hand I’m very excited, but on the other I’m very, very scared considering I spent most of last episode screaming at my television.
CP: You should be. I’ll tell you that. You should be. [laughs] There will be more screaming. I can promise you that.
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