“The Magicians” is getting a new heavy hitter, and he also happens to be a highly placed government official.
Wednesday’s (March 22) episode will finally introduce the demigod child mentioned earlier this season, who Julia (Stella Maeve) and Kady (Jade Tailor) have been searching for. There’s only one problem: He’s got no idea who he is or that magic even exists.
We spoke to Christopher Gorham about his new character, John Gains, and what kind of magical hijinks we can expect from him and his godly father, Reynard (Mackenzie Astin).
What can you tell us about John Gains and his introduction on ‘The Magicians?’
This is a guy who’s an honorable guy. He is a powerful guy. He’s someone who has worked very hard, who loves his wife, who believes in what he’s doing in government and wants to help people. And he’s about to get the shock of his life.
So he’s oblivious to his parentage?
So how is he going to react to not only the fact that he’s a demigod but also that his father is Reynard?
It’s a learning process for him, right? Because he finds out who his father is, but he doesn’t have the history with him that the other characters on the show have. So once he knows, he doesn’t really know what quite he’s getting into. I think he has some curiosity about it.
Can you tease what sort of powers John will have?
I think how his powers manifest are less important to the storyline than how powerful he is intrinsically as a demigod. That’s the reason they go looking for him in the first place — because Julia needs his power to kill Reynard.
The theme that Sera [Gamble] and John [McNamara] and the writers are playing with, with this character is kind of a play off of white privilege, but instead we’ve got God privilege. He’s a guy who feels like he’s done it all on his own, but in fact learns that he’s had some supernatural help along the way. That idea was very exciting to me.
Do you think he has the capacity to use his powers for evil?
I think that’s kind of the big question with him. What’s going to happen? Is he as altruistic as he seems, and if so, how does a person like that react under these extreme circumstances he’s put under. I can’t tell you, but it’s a good, juicy turn.
Will he have some scenes with Reynard this season?
He does have scenes with Reynard. We’ve got some really good stuff coming up. It’s a really fun, juicy part. It was a lot of fun to shoot all three episodes.
What can you tell us about John’s wife?
His wife plays is an important piece in all of this. I don’t want to spoil how or why, but she’s an important piece.
Once he is made aware, do you think he’ll be on Julia’s side or on his father’s side?
Part of the interesting thing is can they get this guy on board quickly enough? This guy who had no inkling that magic existed much less that he was a magical being until the moment these characters pop into his office.
Which characters will John be spending most of his time with?
There’s some great stuff with Mackenzie Astin [Reynard], we had a great time together. There’s some good stuff with Jade [Katy] and Stella [Julia] and Arjun [Penny] too.
“The Magicians” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.