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The fifth episode of "Chucky" Season 2 gave us the surprise return of Andy Barclay, who we last saw supposedly careening to his death over a cliff in a death trap filled with vengeful Chuckys. (Chuckys plural, if you'll recall, because the OG Chucky split his soul into an army of Good Guy dolls in "Chucky" Season 1.) Many fans feared him dead, concerned that after all these years, Charles Lee Ray had finally bested his first — and greatest — nemesis.
No such luck, Chuck.
"Just like Chucky, I always come back it seems," Alex Vincent, who's played Andy since the character first appeared in the original 1988 "Child's Play," told USA Insider's Stephanie Gomulka. "It's fun, it's always fun ... it's rewarding, it's gratifying, it's exciting, especially knowing the 'Chucky' fans as well as I do over all these years coming back and getting to engage with them and see their excitement and appreciation for it."
Unfortunately for Andy, though, he ended Episode 5, "Doll on Doll," in a bit of a bind. When our young heroes Devon (Björgvin Arnarson) and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) follow a trail of dismembered doll parts to a remote cabin in the woods, they discover that Andy is being held hostage — beaten and tortured — by the bald Chucky we saw in the truck in Episode 1. And he's looking a little rough around the edges.
But maybe Devon and Lexy can sneak past psychiatrist Dr. Mixter (Rosemary Dunsmore) in order to save their kind-of-friend-slash-ally from the horror that surely awaits him at the hands of "The Colonel."
Just like in Season 1, Andy's presence is an understandable concern for Chucky; the man has bested him several times over despite failing to put a stop to his tiny reign of terror once and for all. So as the resident Chucky expert, Vincent had some advice for his young castmates.
"I just basically told them that this is going to stick with them the rest of their life," he explains. "When Chucky says, 'friends 'til the end,' he means it."
He expands: "The horror fans in general are so loyal and dedicated and enthusiastic. I know [the young cast], they're all so talented and they're gonna go on to do great things, but 'Chucky' will always be there. It's gonna stay popular in their lives and in the conversations they have with fans and people for the rest of their life."
Ultimately, he advised them to not let it "get into your head too much." They've got long careers ahead of them, yes, but Chucky isn't done with them yet — not by a long shot.
"Over the last 20 years, I mean I've met hundreds of thousands of Chucky fans — arguably more than anyone honestly has met and engaged with and heard their stories and how this — not only my character but all the characters in this Chucky world how they've impacted them, what the story has meant for them, which spans a whole lot more than just your fears," Vincent said. "People have connections to this story ... and I've been very blessed with the opportunity to travel the world and hear people express that and express their appreciation and in turn get to show them mine."
Find out what happens in Andy Barclay's journey next when new episodes of "Chucky" premiere on USA Network and SYFY on Wednesday nights at 9/8c. You can relive Andy's return in "Chucky" Season 1 on Peacock.
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