‘The Last Ship’ Season 3: Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling Interview

Travis Van Winkle and Marissa Neitling
Travis Van Winkle and Marissa Neitling at the 2016 WonderCon (Photo © Richard Chavez)

TNT’s dramatic series The Last Ship returns for season three on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT with Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, and Jocko Sims back in starring roles. The third season will pick up with the Nathan James crew dealing with the possibility the Chinese leader is hoarding the cure rather than giving it to the people. They’re also investigating the rumor of a mutation of the original virus.

The cast of The Last Ship made the trek to the 2016 WonderCon to discuss the upcoming season, with Travis Van Winkle (‘Lt. Danny Green’) and Marissa Neitling (‘Lt. Kara Foster’) teaming up to talk about where we pick up with their characters. Van Winkle says we’ll find the crew of the Nathan James saving the world (again) and Neitling revealed they’ll also be rebuilding society and discovering what a new society will look like both at home and internationally.

“I think what we’re doing on this show is we really fight for the truth and we fight to honor the truth,” explained Van Winkle. “I think a lot of the show what happens is we don’t know who is telling the truth, who to trust, and a lot of our navigating is getting to the source of the corruption. How do we extinguish the virus that has infiltrated humanity – and not necessarily an actual virus but infiltrated the minds and the hearts of the people? That’s what’s at the bottom of corruption. A lot of this season is again just saying the same age old story of what happens when you put power in front of men. Does he use it for good or does he use it for evil? We’ll see.”

“I have, without giving things away, done some things that you’ve never seen me do on the show before. Sort of…” said Neitling when asked if season three is more physically demanding than season two or one. “Yes, it’s a little bit more physical work for me. Before I was sitting primarily as the TAO in front of a computer screen and now I’m a living, breathing human being in the White House.”

“She gets to let her hair down this season. She gets to really show her leadership in a totally new way,” added Van Winkle. “Watch out for this one this season.”

As for what we can expect of Van Winkle’s Lt. Green, Van Winkle offered, “I think there’s a new sense of purpose that I carry forward in my missions and having to deal with certain times being away from the exact place that I want to be, putting that on the side and carrying it with me while I put mission first. So it’s something that Danny Green’s experienced a lot in this season. It’s just a bit more rich between her and I and it’s nice to carry that forward.”

Season three will find the main characters separated as they undertake different missions. Asked what it’s been like this season to not work with the actors they normally had around in seasons one and two, Neitling replied, “In a way it makes playing those scenes of heartbreak where you’re not with your loved one a little bit more real because we haven’t seen each other on set for a while.”

“What’s great about it, too, is it also creates more dynamic storytelling because we have all these different areas where we’re telling really, really rich stories and then connecting all of those in such a beautiful way, I feel like it’s going to give our audience a lot to grip, a lot to chew on,” said Van Winkle. “To me I think regardless if we see each other a lot or a little, I think it’s story-wise hands down the best season yet.”

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