Heading into AMC’s Sunday Night Season Finale Interview with the vampire, fans had some important questions. First off, the penultimate episode of the series’ first season saw Claudia (Bailey Bass) determined to kill her creator, Lestat (Sam Reid), so she and Louis (Jacob Anderson) could finally be free from his tyranny, but just right. how she intended to carry out her murder was not revealed. Second, the episode took viewers into Daniel’s (Eric Bogosian) memory of his first meeting with Louis in the 1970s and revealed that Rashid (Assad Zaman) was present, raising the question of what Rashid actually is and what he’s got to do with it. has to do with, well, everything. Tonight’s finale, “The Thing Lay Still” revealed the answers to both burning questions—and now Zaman breaks down the shocking twist that could change everything fans thought they knew.
Warning: Spoilers for the Season Finale of Interview with the vampire“The Thing Lay Still” past this point.
After realizing, thanks to his dream, that Rashid was present the night he met Louis in the 1970s, Daniel is already tense as he begins the next session of interviews with Louis. Until now Daniel had assumed that Rashid was human, but it is clear that he is questioning this. As the interview progresses and we get a very tidied and neat account of Lestat’s murder – complete with Claudia’s diary mysteriously missing several pages – Daniel finally has enough and pushes things along. He challenges Louis’ honesty, and it prompts Rashid to reveal himself as not Rashid, but Armand, a 500-year-old vampire who Louis says is the “love of his life.”
It’s a reveal that some fans would have guessed going into the episode, and it’s been clear for a while that Rashid/Armand isn’t happy with Daniel, but Zaman said now was the right time for Armand to reveal himself because he was, eventually, tired.
“I think there are only so many negative or hostile feelings that Rashid can endure from the side of the road, watching Daniel scrutinize his story and subvert him in many different ways,” Zaman told ComicBook.com. “Whatever Armand thinks about the story, about Louis’ relationship with Lestat, we know he loves Louis very much and he won’t accept anyone hurting Louis in whatever… Yes. And that kind of leads him.” to step in and finally say, ‘Look, this isn’t going to work, and I have to stop this.'”
As for the reveal’s impact on him as an actor, Zaman explained that he was initially unaware that he was playing Armand, a character so beloved by the Anne Rice fandom — and once he realized it, he was terrified.
“I was very scared. I was very scared. I didn’t know. I didn’t know who I was auditioning for during my first few auditions, and I found out halfway through the process,” Zaman said. “So I kind of understood where the audience might be when that reveal came, because it was like I was singing such a zoom with Rolin when halfway through the audition process, going to the next bit of audition, but he was like, ‘Look, I want to talk to you about Rashid.’ And in my head I think, “Why does he want… He’s got bigger characters to worry about. Why does he want to talk to me about Rashid?” And then he sits down, and he tells me who Rashid is, and I sit here clenching my chair and say, ‘Don’t lose your cool. Don’t lose your cool. ‘ So yes. I have no illusions that this is a big undertaking and that it will be difficult.”
episodes of Interview with the vampire streaming now on AMC+. The series has already been renewed for a second season.
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