Mary Kills People Season 2 Preview
Lifetime’s drama, Mary Kills People, returns for it's second season, on March 12th. ER nurse Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) helps people kill themselves so that they can die “with dignity.” Monday night’s second season premiere, “The Means,” had Mary justifying her decision to euthanize both a man dying from mesothelioma and his perfectly healthy wife because they want to die together.
Fortunately, Mary’s partner Des (Richard Short) points out the absurdity of murdering “perfectly healthy individuals who happen to be a bit sad.” Mary defends herself by claiming, “we shouldn’t be the ones to decide that Betty’s suffering is any less real than Victor’s.” Apparently Mary is capable of making the decision to end two people’s lives, but she’s not capable of differentiating between sadness and terminal cancer.
We spoke with series creator Tara Armstrong about what to expect in Season 2 along with cast members Grace Lynn Kung, and Rachella Lefevre on how she felt taking on such a sensitive subject matter.
Can we get a sense of what's going to happen for the season?
Tara Armstrong: Season 2 of "Mary Kills People," Mary kills more people. But, yeah -- so this season, we really wanted to delve into the sort of more complicated assisted suicide dilemmas. So Mary has to sort of continuously be faced with like these moral challenges in her work. And then we have a new baddy, who is actually a bad girl, played by Rachelle Lefevre, which is amazing.
We had a bad guy before. But just having like a woman as the villain to play off with Mary, who is our anti-hero has been so exciting, and to just sort of see these two women that are both so powerful in their own jobs -- she has an illegal illicit business that she has, as well, which is great. And so she sort of challenges Mary with a request that is a complicated death, and Mary has to struggle with that. And we just talk a lot about crossing over lines and boundaries. Like, once you cross over a line, can you ever come back from that? Yeah. There's lots of excitement in Season 2.
Can you give us a little glimpse about where we find Annie in Season 2?
Grace Lynn Kung: I feel like Annie is in a constant state of trying to breakup with her death lovers, and it doesn't really go well. She tries to separate from Mary at the end of Season 1, they had their fight and Annie was trying to move on but Des needed her help and Mary recruits Annie so it becomes this death triangle between the three. Annie is in there referring patients to Mary and Mary and Des do the actually killing. Moving into Season 2 there are some dreams that are shared between them that they are going to try and realize. We are also going to see a little more of with Annie and Des's relationship. If anyone has predictions I would love to see, maybe what predictions did people have in the first season and where their heads are now. There's a lot of conflict, I think when one of your people goes to jail it's kind of a big deal. How long can you play with fire before you get burned. Rachelle's character Olivia comes in and amplifies everything.
What difference have you noticed in response to the various issues brought up in Mary Kills People, among people in Canada vs people in the United States?
Grace Lynn Kung: It's funny because we have fans all over, there's a fan club in Italy that is very loud and always makes their support known. It's hard for me to tell because a lot of times it's strong support for us as actors and the show. I haven't seen too many tweets or instas about the subject matter. I assume the people who love it so much feel it to be something that is important. I've spent a lot of time with families in hospice, that's something that is very dear to me. This question and how we are afraid to talk about death I want it shattered. I think it's very important, in a way our comfort with death allows us to live life more fully. I feel like we are touching on all these dark, messy issues and it's crazy shows haven't done that. I realize it's a very sensitive issue, but not seeing much of a backlash tells me we are finally ready to look behind the curtain and that's really exciting.
Oliva is new to the scene can you tell me a little about how she fits into the group?
Rachelle Lefevre: She comes in having a very strong connection to someone from Season One.
Did you do any research into the subject matter prior to filming?
Rachelle Lefevre: I did a fair amount of internal digging. I think the most important thing for me was to know how I felt about it. Because if you are playing a character that is engaging with someone who does assisted suicide, you want to know how you feel about it. Then I had to decide if the character felt the same way as I did, because I think that informs the scenes. I don't think it would be responsible for me to be talking about something on screen without knowing how I felt about it and what I believe. I did a lot of soul searching.
Mary Kills People airs Monday nights on Lifetime