About an hour outside of Vancouver, tucked in the wilderness on a mountainside, the cast of Colony greets reporters in a clearing in the woods. They're all a bit smudgy -- makeup? actual dirt? some combo of the two? -- now that the Bowmans have escaped the L.A. Bloc and gone full Swiss Family Robinson in Season 3.
In addition to relaying fun facts about Colony from behind the scenes (for instance, did you know producer Carlton Cuse voices "Previously on Colony," just as he had done for "Previously on Lost" for every episode?), the cast -- including Josh Holloway (Will), Sarah Wayne Callies (Katie), Peter Jacobson (Alan Snyder), Tory Kittles (Broussard), and Alex Neustaedter (Bram) shared what's in store this season. Such as...
There's a time jump since Season 2.
When we hook up with the Bowmans (and Proxy Snyder) in episode 301, we're six months from when they escaped the L.A. Bloc, fleeing "total rendition." We still don't know exactly who survived the rendition back in L.A. -- although we know Broussard is alive and kicking... somewhere.
Meanwhile, all five Bowmans are finally together! "They've been together for six months, living in the forest in relative safety," Josh Holloway said, "so they've experienced something we haven't seen the Bowmans experience -- not even for a second."
Will and Katie are on the same page, different paragraph.
It's significant that this couple who has a history of keeping secrets from each other are finally in step in Season 3. "Will understands and believes in what his wife believes in," Holloway explained. "He married a rebel; he knows that. He himself is one. His priorities were family and safety first, and then deal with saving the world. It strikes a good balance. But what is nice about this season is that we are on the same page -- different paragraph -- but same page."
For instance, their opinion of Snyder...
Sarah Wayne Callies knows exactly what her character thinks of Alan Snyder: "I think Katie would happily leave him on the side of a road and be like, 'Here's a granola bar. Good luck.'"
Will, on the other hand, isn't so quick to give up on Snyder, recalling all the times he's helped the Bowman family, including saving Bram from the labor camp in Season 2. "Snyder is valuable in his instinct," Holloway stated. "He's a survivor and we know it... so we don't disregard everything he says." Then laughing, the actor added, "We disregard him, but not what he says."
Peter Jacobson who plays Snyder has an altogether different opinion of his character: "I think that they're lucky to have him, frankly," Jacobson said. Classic Snyder!
Bram goes from teenage rebellion to Resistance rebel!
In Season 3, Bram is no longer the confused, angry, impressionable teenager we saw in Season 2 -- he's growing into his role as a key player in the Resistance. "I think he's made a transition from being a boy who was frustrated by his lack of participation," said Callies of her TV son, "to someone that his parents do listen to and take seriously."
Even Snyder is a fan. Mostly. "I think that instinct to protect Bram, that's not just a mercenary thing," Jacobson mused. "There's that level of it, but somewhere there's a pull between those two, Snyder and the Bowmans." (Spoiler alert: Snyder will be cooking breakfast for the Bowmans again this year!)
Gracie's character, too, is more mature in Season 3. "Gracie's gotten older," explained Neustaedter about his character's little sis. "She's really smart and is picking up on things and asking questions. There's no answer that the parents can give now that they can just brush aside... I think that's something that's really changed in this season from the past -- they have to come up with solid answers and they start to discover that they don't always have answers, and that in this world there aren't answers to everything."
The Bowmans are on a mission outside the Bloc.
It's not just that the family wanted to escape total rendition in L.A. -- the Bowmans are also trying to get the gauntlet to Noa's camp, which is supposedly holding a Rap. The only problem is that Noa was killed before anyone could ask her where the camp was.
"We promised Broussard that we would get this really important piece of intelligence to the Resistance," Callies reminded us. "[A theme] of the show -- and certainly this season -- continues to be, what's the balance between safety and liberty? What are the things that you give up in order to be safe? What are the things that you're willing to give up in order to be free? It's an incredibly exciting time to be asking those specific questions."
Meanwhile, the Bowmans are still gathering information to approach their enemy tactically. "Broussard's discovery that they are able to interface with the drones -- and also possibly control them -- that's step one," Holloway explained. "You don't even get to the Raps yet before you're obliterated by these damn drones... so, in Will's world, there's still not enough info but we're making progress."
Speaking of Broussard...
"Broussard’s doing his own thing," Kittles told USA, which explains why he's nowhere to be seen in episode 301. "He's living in a solitary life and he may be a little stir crazy, because the Bloc has completely changed."
That said, we learned that our favorite rogue has a new counterpart this season: Amy Leonard, a doctor and member of the San Fernando cell, played by Peyton List. "She's fantastic," Kittles said about his new co-star. "They got a great actress to come in and do the role because Amy has to be strong, she has to be smart, and she has to have humor -- and Peyton had all those things... Broussard is a hard nut to crack and he doesn't let most people get close, which was really interesting about his relationship with Katie, and then his relationship with Morgan."
The Bowmans can't hide in the woods forever...can they?
"I try to convince them lightly to stay in the woods forever but I know that is not the reality," mused Holloway. "I am entrusting my son in becoming a man. I am open, reluctantly, open to what they're talking about."
As for life in the woods, there are bears -- and we mean real bears, not TV bears. Holloway had encountered two in the early days of shooting the show in Canada. And, in true badass fashion, was unfazed and the bears left him alone.
"Twelve years I've live in B.C. and I've never seen a bear!" Callies exclaimed. "He's here 12 days and the bears are like, 'Oh my God, are you Sawyer?' Bears never watch Prison Break. What can I say?"
Colony Season 3 premieres Wednesday, May 2, on USA Network!