Last week’s episode The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice left things in a precarious position for Rowan (Alexandra Daddario) and Ciprien (Tongayi Chirisa) but a somewhat triumphant one for Lasher (Jack Huston). After seeing Rowan put on the emerald jeweled necklace of all the Mayfair designers — thus linking her to Lasher — Carlotta (Beth Grant) tried to end things once and for all by literally flattening everything. to burn. However, her attempts were thwarted and when the episode ended, Lasher informed Carlotta in no uncertain terms that he had indeed won.
In this week’s episode, “The Thrall,” Lasher takes his next steps regarding Rowan and the Mayfair family. Speak with ComicBook. comHuston discussed what Lasher is up to in the episode, speaking of his motivations – noting in particular the seductive quality of what he is offering Rowan with his deal with the devil.
Warning: Spoilers for this week’s episode The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice“The Thrall”, beyond this point.
In the episode, Rowan and Ciprien are seemingly in some kind of loop before it slowly becomes clear that Lasher is running the show. As Lasher manipulates the situation with his own motivations in mind, Huston explained that part of the situation is that he wants Rowan to realize her own power as well.
“Episode five is that moment where you realize, if what he wants Rowan to realize is as much as he is this entity that is able to control things and do things, everything is actually going through her. He wants that she understands it’s her choice and he wants to make her stronger, but that’s not without the subtle manipulation that comes with it, with Lasher,” Huston said. “I think Lasher has ulterior motives, but don’t we all? I think he’s a very complex character because his existence is based purely on the witch he’s attached to, so he doesn’t exist without them, and they’re ‘It’s the almighty, almighty, which is what Rowan in particular is having right now don’t know without him. What he’s saying is, if we work together, we can do anything, but even without me… it’s that famous old saying, it’s very hot under the devil’s wing.”
Huston also explained that while Lasher’s manipulations may seem sinister, there’s more to it – and he sees the character as more complex than just good or bad. He sees him as very human.
“It’s funny. Yes, sure, it can seem evil, it can seem sinister, but then again there can be something really powerful about it from a ‘you’re special, and don’t you want that’ perspective? like this special person like this entity Can’t I make you With my help you could be almighty You don’t even know how strong you could be without me but we have to understand each other and realize that we work together and this is beautiful.'” Huston said. “The way I look at it, or looked at it when we were working, was it’s a relationship. It’s this co-dependent relationship and there’s a love triangle that’s going on. One is the bad boy, the other is the good guy and sometimes you want a little nasty.”
He continued, “Sometimes you want a little rough, sometimes you want the good guy to take care of it, and that’s the hard part, who’s going to win overall? I didn’t personally read the novel before the show because I wanted to experience every episode as it came to me, clear-headed and understanding that an adaptation is very hard to do when you make it into a series.. That artistic freedom has to be given free reign, and that’s such a beautiful collaboration. really liked Lasher. I found out that actually because he was all ghost, he thought he was very human.”
The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice airs Sundays at 9:00 PM ET on AMC and AMC+.
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