Can you compare the original six with the back four episodes, given that you had different writing staffs and different networks?
We hadn’t figured out what Damien’s arc was. Before I saw the show I had figured out Damien’s arc for the first season and for multiple seasons. Whether that plot still gets developed and changed as you find things and cut certain other things, emotionally I know the journey that I want this character to take. When we first had the first six episodes, it actually felt like that journey was a little rushed and that we didn’t have the opportunity to go as deep into the characters as we wanted. So when we moved to A&E and expanded the order, it really gave us the opportunity we wanted to dig in and spend time with the characters and get to know them and care about them.
What would your ideal season order look like given how far you’ve plotted this out?
I do have a game plan and I’m not sure A&E or Fox would want me to say because I don’t want to box them into something. But we do have one and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to tell that story. There’s a lot of story and what’s fun about writing a psychological thriller like this is that there’s not only twists and turns with the characters but there’s obviously twists and turns with the plot. If we get to tell the full story the audience will be surprised because there’s a lot of unique territory we can go into that hasn’t been told with this type of character before.