'Dallas' 2.0: Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
Posted January 24, 2013
What's going to happen to the other characters on Dallas once J.R.'s gone? Here's what some of the actors are saying about Season 2:
Linda Gray (Sue Ellen, J.R.'s long-suffering ex-wife)
"I always preface it by saying the writers know and we only know at the last minute what we're doing," says Gray. "But when I saw the (Episode 1) script in which Sue Ellen pours the glass of wine (Sue Ellen was an alcoholic in the original series), I was like, 'Oh no! Been there, done that.' I didn't want to go there at all. 'Oh no, don't do that to me again.' "
How Sue Ellen will change once J.R.'s gone, Gray can only guess. "She learned everything from J.R. Ewing, good, bad or indifferent. She knew where the bodies were buried, knew about the oil business. She knew about his deals and many of the mistresses. I love Sue Ellen because she's so I interesting, and you never know what she's going to do next."
Patrick Duffy (Bobby, J.R.'s kinder, gentler brother)
"The producers and writers had to really scurry to incorporate the reality (of J.R.'s death) into the scripts, but it didn't change the basic push of the show and the basic push of Bobby as it ended up last season. There are a whole bunch of surprises concerning his relationship with Ann (it was revealed at the end of Season 1 that she has a secret daughter), and everything's going to hit the fan because of this. But the story of Dallas has always been the struggle for Ewing Oil, now Ewing Energies, and the dynamic is still the same."
Now that J.R.'s gone, Duffy says, "Bobby's going to have a slightly more proactive role in maintaining the bridge between the old Dallas and the new Dallas."
Josh Henderson (John Ross, J.R.'s chip-off-the-old-block son)
I think that he's going to put on a front, that 'I am ready to run the family business, I am just as conniving and slick as my father.' But once he puts on that front, it's going to really hit him hard, and at the end of the day he's going to think 'I'm not ready. Why did you leave me?' "
With J.R. gone, says Henderson, I think you're going to see (John Ross) filled with passion and resentment, and it's all going to be coming from pain and still wanting to please his father,"
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