Warning: Contains Season One Spoilers!
“To be honest, I’m getting used to it,” Sarah Wayne Callies told USA Network in a recent interview. The Colony star was referring to the challenge of doing press and not being able to answer half of the questions that come up due to spoilers.
Callies, who in addition to her role as Katie Bowman on Colony, is known for her work on The Walking Dead and Prison Break. With the threat of spoilers always top of mind, talking to the press can be tricky. Particularly for a show as mysterious as Colony, anything she says can be interpreted as a spoilery clue.
When we spoke with Callies, she bluntly told us that she has no idea what’s going to happen when Colony returns in 2017. (Not that she would tell us anything if she did!) So here are the things that she could talk about -- life on the Colony set, her work outside the show -- and, as it turns out, theorizing what’s next is just as fun for the stars as it is for the fans.
On Will and Katie’s Relationship
The Bowmans’ marriage is put through the wringer in season one, and by the end of it? Well, who knows where these two will end up?
“Insofar as trust is the bedrock of a marriage, I think they're in real trouble,” Callies told USA. “I'm on their side, I fight for them, and I believe in them -- but, by the end of the first season, she doesn't even know where Will is.”
To her point, short of finding Proxy Snyder, Katie has no way of knowing whether Will has left her altogether, gone off to find Charlie, or been sent to the Factory. “I don't even know if I'm going to see Josh [Holloway] in season two!” she added.
On Katie’s Evolution in Season One
Among the changes for the Bowmans throughout the season is Katie’s personal struggle and growth. According to Callies, when her character joined up with the Resistance, she wasn’t planning on being a leader, but by the end of the season, things have drastically changed.
“Katie is finding her voice through the course of the season,” Callies explained. “She wanted to just join up and do what she was told, but that didn't work… By the end of the season she's starting to assert her own leadership.”
Katie has also seen, first-hand, the violent realities of the Resistance -- from losing a young fighter during a mission gone awry to watching her friend hanged for terrorism -- and she’s not a ruthless assassin like Broussard.
“Maybe she can bring something to the table that has to do with the spirit of the Resistance,” the actress posited. “How do we inspire people to believe in what we're doing and to participate in it with as clean a conscience as we possibly can?"
On Her Hopes for the Resistance
For Katie, Callies would love to see the events of season one take her character down a path of nonviolent resistance.
“I think it would be really interesting to explore some of the great traditions of Dr. King and Gandhi,” Callies told USA, not knowing what the future holds in season two. “I just think it would be interesting because some of the most successful resistance movements in the world have been nonviolent resistance movements. It would be fascinating to pull that into our discussion of how these things go down.”
Callies would also like to see Will’s character working for her side. “I think Will would be a huge asset to the Resistance,” she said. “I think the spirit of the Resistance is in Will. He's on their side; he just has a different way of going about it, and he was forced into collaborating.”
On Her Work With Refugees
Callies is the spokesperson for International Rescue Committee (IRC), a humanitarian organization that helps refugees around the world.
“I don't look at the refugee organization and connect it to anything specific in Colony because my life feels very separate,” explained Callies, who just came back from visiting the Serbian-Croatian border. “I know that the refugee work has changed me so much as a person. I had the first -- and I think only -- ontological crisis I've ever had when I first came back from Iraq a few years ago, literally thinking, how could there be a god or a positive organizational force in the universe that allows this level of suffering? That sent me down a rabbit hole for months.”
Ultimately, she didn’t come up with any answers. “At a certain point I just went, ‘Okay, I'm just putting this in a little box, I'm going to stick that on a shelf in my heart, and I will take it out and deal with it again when I can.'”
Her way of dealing with it? Do what you can. “Granted, the whole mountain is on fire, and you can't put the mountain out,” she said, “but if you grab a bucket, maybe you can put out five trees.”
On the Parallel Between Sarah and Katie
Though the Colony star is reticent to connect her humanitarian work to the show, she admits that a parallel is there. Just like Callies, who does what she can for IRC -- no matter how daunting the forces against them may seem -- Katie Bowman can’t sit back and just do nothing in the face of the Occupation.
“Katie and Broussard are not going to stop the Occupation single-handedly. It's all over North America -- it may be all over the world,” Callies said, acknowledging the futility of the characters' situation. “One bartender and one former military guy are probably not going to bring this thing to its knees. But I think they are people who can't make the decision to sit down and be quiet and do nothing. That looks like complicity. That looks like a vote for the bad guys.”
On the Life at the Colony Set
With so much heavy material to work through on the show, the Colony folks make a concerted effort to keep the set a happy, comfortable place.
“I left The Walking Dead thinking I might never do television again because that was such a mountaintop experience,” the former Lori Grimes admitted. “I also left having learned a lot about building community. Josh and I talked really consciously before the show started. Our goal was to make sure it was the best set to be on in L.A.”
Part of that was ensuring that everyone showing up to set would be treated with respect. The other part of it was having gratitude for their situation.
“This is nobody's first rodeo. No one's head is turned at the idea of being famous. Nobody's obsessed with ‘My God -- I've got to get on the cover of a magazine.’ It's a group of actors who have the utmost respect for the story and genuine affection for each other.”
Simply put, Callies loves going to work every day. “It's drama-free and let me tell you: that's lightning in a bottle.”
For more Colony, check out 10 Burning Questions We Have After the Colony Finale and The 10 Most Shocking Moments of Colony Season One, Ranked.