DEFIANCE’s Julie Benz Talks Amanda’s Season 2 Journey

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Syfy’s hit show Defiance premiered last week and continues Thursday with the return of Irisa and Nolan. OHSOGRAY caught up with Julie Benz this week and asked what the future looks like for Defiance’s former mayor.

Amanda doesn’t know that Kenya is dead, the audience isn’t 100% sure of that either and Kevin Murphy didn’t exactly rule out [that she is alive] when we talked to him recently. Do you think there is a chance Kenya might come back?

Julie Benz: [Laughs] Yes, because I don’t think ….we may see her again. I don’t think we fully know what happened to her.

Ok, I’ll take that.

Julie Benz: [Laughs]

Amanda had some great scenes in the first season with Datak. Are the two of them going to form an alliance this season, and does Amanda trust Stahma?

Julie Benz: [Laughs] Well, you know during the 9 months from the end of season 1 to the beginning of season 2, Amanda and Stahma did form a friendship. At the beginning of season 2, Amanda does trust Stahma to an extent. We see that relationship evolve throughout the season. But, yes, Stahma has been there for Amanda during this hard time, and obviously is providing her with adreno. So there has been a close bond between the two of them. As for Datak, I don’t think Amanda would ever trust Datak to join up with him.

Defiance is a different type of town now, do you think Amanda would ever consider leaving it?

Julie Benz: As long as Kenya has disappeared, I don’t think Amanda would ever leave because her hope would be that Kenya would return. If Kenya does ever return, that could possibly be an option for Amanda. However, I do think she truly believes in the town of Defiance and that’s her greatest personal connection – to this town. Defiance is her lover in many ways. She is very invested in the town of Defiance. I don’t know, I really don’t know. It would be interesting to see if she could leave. I don’t know if she could.

In recent pictures, we’ve seen you sporting lovely brunette hair. What inspired the change?

Julie Benz: I was working on a movie, called Havenhurst. I dyed my hair for that role. I’m looking forward to getting back to the blonde at some point. But, enjoying being brunette for a short period of time.

Defiance airs Thursdays 8/7c on Syfy.