‘Raising Dion’ is presently streaming on Netflix and is without doubt one of the greatest new reveals of the autumn. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Alisha Wainwright and Jason Ritter about that finale, Nicole’s journey, and extra.
What would you do in case you came upon your son had superpowers? That’s what Raising Dion explores and a lot extra. Alisha Wainwright performs Nicole, a widow who discovers her younger son, Dion (Ja’Siah Young), has superpowers that nobody can clarify. Nicole’s pal, Pat (Jason Ritter), finds out early on about Dion’s talents and seeks to assist Nicole and Dion. However, darkness looms over them as an unexplained pressure, dubbed the Crooked Man by Dion, makes an attempt to get its palms on Dion.
HollywoodLife sat down EXCLUSIVELY with Alisha and Jason to speak in regards to the present and what stood out to them about this mission. “I loved the idea that the story followed a black family and it was in a positive light,” Alisha informed HollywoodLife. “Even though it’s a single-parent household and she’s trying to balance the struggles of raising a kid, she’s strong and always looking out for how to make life positive for her kid. I think that was something that any mother would want to strive towards. Beyond that, you have this added element of her kid who has superpowers. So now it’s just more heightened. I think you’ve got the essence of her willingness to be fun and hopeful for her kid right off the bat. When I read it, I was just like, I don’t know the personal experience of being a mother, but I find her so relatable in just wanting to do your best. That’s what I loved about her.”
Jason famous that Raising Dion had his “favorite things all rolled into one show.” He continued: “It was a narrative that I hadn’t seen very a lot earlier than. Ever. I had by no means seen something prefer it earlier than and I assumed it was lovely and Carol [Barbee] informed me about Pat’s journey. I used to be like, “Oh, that is fascinating.” I felt like one of many issues that the sequence does is form of allow you to form of uncover it for your self, you already know? One of the issues I appreciated about Pat is I feel all through the sequence, although I’ve sophisticated, conflicting emotions about him all through the present, I like that over the course of the entire present, you don’t know actually the place something is heading — if she’s going to finish up with anyone or if not, or if she’s nonetheless form of too wounded about Mark, after which the entire thriller factor. It was like loads of my favourite issues all rolled into one present.”
The finish of the season featured a bombshell twist — Pat, Nicole and Mark’s lovable pal and Dion’s mentor, is The Crooked Man. Like Nicole’s husband and Dion’s father, Mark, Pat was on the aurora occasion in Iceland that gave Mark and extra people superpowers. Mark then handed these powers onto Dion. Instead of gaining superpowers like Mark the others, Pat’s publicity in Iceland made him sick. He started utilizing the storm powers that he needed to take up these on the aurora occasion, together with Mark, to alleviate his signs. While Pat appeared innocent for almost the whole sequence, he was the enemy the whole time. Jason talked about that game-changing twist and admitted he knew from the beginning about Pat’s journey.
“One of the beautiful things about this show that I had never experienced before is that we had all 9 episodes before we even started shooting the first one, so we all knew exactly what the story was,” Jason stated. “That creates its own challenges because you’re trying not to telegraph anything. But at the same time, it’s nice to have it in your mind, what’s going on behind the scenes, what’s not being shown. Even still, I was surprised. I was like, ‘Oh wow, this gets really, really dark.’ He starts out just sort of spinning out like we all kind of spin out a little bit, and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’ll get it together.’ Then it really takes a turn and gets scary.”
Raising Dion additionally explored Nicole’s grieving course of. The lack of Mark was all the time current as Nicole raised Dion alone. There had been various occasions the place Nicole would watch a video message of Mark or have time to herself to let recollections of Mark wash over her. “Grief is kind of like a slow-healing wound,” Alisha stated. “It never quite closes and it’s sensitive. Years have passed since his death, but she’s seeing her husband in her child and she’s seeing these incredible milestones that he makes and his father’s not there to see them. It’s to the point where Dion doesn’t even really remember his dad, which is so sad. When you go to start a family and you think it’s going to be this co-parenting unit to having to do it by yourself, it’s jarring and sometimes it doesn’t feel fair. When she has that phone conversation with his video by herself, she’s just angry and sad. Like, where were you? Because you should be alive right now and watching your kid have a birthday. I experienced a loss as I’m sure many people have. Fortunately, it wasn’t someone who is as close to me as a husband, but I know what grief is like. I can understand how it takes a little bit of the joy out of the joy so it kind of hurts a little bit. I think that’s what I found really captured some of the grief for me. It’s okay to feel the sadness and the joy and sometimes she can’t hide it. Dion notices constantly that she’s unhappy and people say she’s sad and she’s dealing with stuff. As much as you try and be upbeat, you can’t completely mask everything from your children.”
The season 1 finale leaves it broad open for extra. Pat was seemingly defeated — for now — however the storm within him took on one other host. Mark warned Nicole that the combat isn’t over and Dion must be ready or what’s subsequent. HollywoodLife requested Alisha the place she’d prefer to see Nicole go in a possible season 2. “I think at the end of season 1 she finds her strength. I would love to see what someone who feels strong does,” Alisha stated. “Maybe she becomes a little more enthusiastic about Dion’s powers. Maybe she becomes a little more able to let go, but she could also be even more of a fierce protector. I don’t know. I hope she expands her dancing. I would love to see what it feels like when she has that full confidence to really push through and be her best.”