‘Chucky’ Season 2 Finale Summary: Interview with Don Mancini
The following contains spoilers from chucky‘s season 2 finale.
Called on this crazy little show chuckywe’ve seen the killer doll electrocute, decapitate, explode, and countless stab wounds…but we quiet weren’t ready for that sickeningly bloody off-the-rail finale on wednesday!
As we learned at the beginning of the episode, Chucky swapped bodies with Dr. Mixter just seconds before Andy shot the doll in the face. Since the doctor had hidden a brand new doll in a safe, another switcheroo meant Charles Lee put Ray back in another Good Guy doll and was ready to get revenge on Lexy, Jake and Devon. Unfortunately for Lexy’s mother, Michelle, she was hit by the sharp end of the insane doll’s new chainsaw and was literally split in two.
When Tiffany came looking for Caroline’s doll, Belle, she was over her former lover’s BS. With the gun now in Lexy’s possession, Tiff lets the girl get to him, ending Chucky’s reign of terror forever.
Lexy chopped up the doll’s face in revenge for her mother’s murder, but when Tiffany fled the scene, she discovered that Belle was just another Chucky doll in drag (!) and that the monstrous Charles lived on again.
Needless to say we had a lot of full of questions for creator Don Mancini after this delightful gut-packed season. Below, he talks to TVLine about how to blow up Devon Sawa, how exactly to saw a character in half with a chainsaw, the ever-playing Jennifer Tilly, what the future of GG (formerly Glen/Glenda) is, and more .
TVLINE | Poor Devon Sawa can’t take a break in this series! If there’s a season 3, do you have any thoughts of bringing him back just to keep killing him?
DON MANCINI | You never know! Stay tuned. That’s all I can officially say, but we love him. He’s a great actor and a great guy. I certainly enjoy working with him, although Chucky seems to hate him if you follow their twitter feud. Will he continue to be the Jessica Lange of our franchise? I like to bring actors back into other roles and I’ve done it with other actors. As a writer, I love writing stuff for specific actors. This is a lot of fun, so fingers crossed.
TVLINE | There have been so many amazing kills this season including Lexy’s mom in that finale. Do you have a personal favorite death scene from season 2?
I think it would be that and Devon Sawa explodes, à la Brian De Palma The fury. Nadine’s was the most shocking and, in a way, the easiest. We knew this was going to have a huge impact on the fandom, especially since the culprit there was Good Chucky. Planning and executing was fun in itself, but as a kid I was a big fan of Brian De Palma. I loved The fury – I quiet love The fury – and I’ve paid homage to it before child’s play 2. We blew up Chucky the exact same way, showing different angles. It was fun doing that with Devon Sawa and I think it turned out really well. And also Barbara Woods, who plays Michelle, her chainsaw… that was pretty brutal!
TVLINE | What goes into filming a death like Father Bryce’s or Michelle’s? How many people does it take on set to shoot such complex scenes?
It’s very complicated and spreads across different departments. In the case of these killings, full body casts had to be taken of both actors. For that we rely on this guy called François Dagenais to do these effects for us out of Toronto. He had been working on it too Hannibal and channel zero. He’s brilliant. Then there’s the component: What are you doing with these bodies? Whether you’re blowing them up or cutting them in half, we’re bringing our handy special effects guy, Jeff Skochko, and he’s awesome. He was implicated in both murders. There is [also] certain visual effects.
Sometimes the work shifts to specific units. The explosion of Devon Sawa, I actually got to direct it. It was just coincidence how the schedules worked both seasons. Towards the end we have a second unit running at the same time that I lead, so I got to lead the detonation of the dummy Devon Sawa. It was literally the last thing we did on the entire show. It was about 4:30am on our last night. It takes a village!
Most importantly, or as important as anything else, the actor himself has to make it work and really sell it, and I think both of them did. All actors do it. It’s always so weird to ask an actor, “Give me a good death.” For some people it’s fun and easy, and for others it’s difficult and sometimes puts them in a weird headspace. It can be harder than it looks.
TVLINE | As a result of Glen’s shooting and coma, Glen and Glenda’s souls were put back into the Glen doll [voiced by Billy Boyd]. Is Lachlan Watson [who plays Glen/Glenda] really gone forever, and now that the newly named GG is headed to England, what can you say about her future on the series?
i love lachlan I loved working with them and would love to work more with them in the future. I also love working with Billy Boyd. It was great to have him back as GG for that one scene. The characters/now character of Glen, Glen/Glenda and now GG are very important to me. I wanted to create a situation at the end of the season where we might be like, ‘Oh, there’s more to tell here in this family saga.’ When we get a season 3, I’m hoping to get more immersed in this story.
TVLINE | Tiffany and Chucky have had quite a relationship over the years. In the finale, she lets Lexy saw her to pieces. Do they still love each other or do they just want each other dead at this point? And how much fun is it to play with this dynamic?
It’s a great time playing with this dynamic. I think like any passionate relationship, there are ups and downs. I think yes, there’s a part of them that still loves each other. Tiffany, even in Season 1, she does his bidding for a while. I think she’s the more vulnerable in this relationship because she’s the one who generally took all the shit on herself, so it was interesting to take her on the offensive against him. It’s a lot of fun to play with this dynamic and develop it in different ways and use it as a metaphor for any romantic relationship that has its ups and downs. But with them there is collateral damage… many of collateral damage!
TVLINE | Watching Jennifer Tilly on this show is an absolute pleasure. It seems like she’s always ready to poke fun at herself, including this “What would Jennifer do?” line from the finale. As you and the writers work, sometimes you stop and think, “Is this too far? Should we check with Jen?” or is she always just a total game?
She is generally up for anything and often pushes me to go further. when I wrote Seeds by Chucky, we originally intended to make the character Jennifer Tilly much more problematic, much less traditionally likeable, in the first draft. But the studio kind of said, “She’s the lead, we need to make her a little more likable.” But she’s pretty much match for everything. On Seeds by Chucky, one thing she objected to, there’s a moment when Jennifer vomits into her purse — which is a manifestation of her morning sickness, although she doesn’t know it yet — and she was reluctant to do that, I understand. An actor wants to keep their glamor quotient or whatever, but in the end she let me talk her into it. I just had to reassure her that it wouldn’t get dirty. She just throws up in her purse very discreetly and ladylike. I think what really won her over was that we had a purse with her face on it, so even Jennifer was like, “Okay, that’s kind of funny.” [Laughs]
TVLINE | I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask about Kyle and Andy. They both survived near-fatal encounters with Chucky again, but they did not appear in the finale. By the end of 207, they seem to think Chucky is finally gone. Is it possible that they… ride off into the sunset and spend the rest of their lives in blissful ignorance?
What would you wish for as a fan? Do you want them back or do you want them ridden into the sunset?
TVLINE | This is difficult because if they come back they could possibly get killed and I don’t know if I want that! But you do such a great job balancing the storylines between the classic characters and the newcomers. How challenging is that when you have to contend with a legacy spanning decades?
It’s a challenge, but it’s also part of the fun. This is the medium of TV. It’s all about juggling different characters and relationships, and lighting some fuses early for them to burn and explode later in the season. As a storyteller, I really enjoy doing it, so that’s part of what you’re talking about. It’s a challenge, but that’s our job and I have a team of great writers and other directors to help me with that.
TVLINE | Considering what she went through, I loved the ending where Nica wanted revenge on Tiffany. What can you tease about Nica’s future journey?
She declared war on Tiffany. Because she’s a good athlete, she says, “Okay, I’ll give you a head start because I like your kid. You helped me out of your prison, but I’m still going to torture and kill you.” It was always my intention to put Nica through the wringer for a while, so that she would come out the other end as a bigger, more surprising ass than ever. And I like the idea of doing that with a disabled character and setting them up that way. And her disability won’t stop her an inch or a moment.
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