'Who Shot J.R.?' and 4 More Storylines to Expect on 'Dallas' Season 2
The show's young castmembers dish on what's to come when the TNT drama returns.
On the Season 1 cliffhanger for TNT's smash hit continuation of Dallas, viewers learned the seemingly-innocent new bride (Julie Gonzalo) of Ewing heir Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) is really the namesake niece of his adoptive mother Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal) — not to mention the daughter of Ewing Enemy No. 1 Cliff Barnes (Ken Kerchival).
But first, the series has to deal with the loss of its patriarch -- both on and off screen -- of Larry Hagman. He lost his battle to throat cancer in November. The series producers revealed to TV Guide magazine that Hagman will appear in at least five episodes on Season 2. And that they will bring back the classic storyline from the original series, "Who shot J.R.?"
"We all felt having J.R. die of natural causes would have been completely inappropriate, not only to the character, but also to Larry Hagman," executive producer Cynthia Cidre told the magazine.
So, what else can fans expect when Dallas returns? Stars Metcalfe, Gonzalo, Jordana Brewster and Josh Henderson recently told reporters about the new mysteries and scandals set to launch with a two-hour premiere on Monday.
Here's four more things to expect from season 2.
"I really do think she fell in love with Christopher in the first season. She's hurt, she definitely is hurt with the fact that Christopher would have never loved her as much as he does Elena. And I think that this season you do find a lot of that, but you can see the torn side of that. You see that she's torn with doing what she needs to do for herself and doing what she needs to do for her father. And I get to play a lot of that this year, which is really fun for me. I think that there is a little bit of everything when it comes to wanting to get back at them. It’s not always going to be the case, I have to add that," Gonzalo remarked about her character.
2. J.R. (Larry Hagman)'s death rocks John Ross and sends him on an emotional spiral. Despite the father and son's butting heads in their turbulent partnership to seize control of Ewing Energies, John Ross is devastated when J.R. dies.
"He is very, very lost. He’s unprepared with JR’s early exit. It’s something that is just painful for him and he was not expecting this and it’s going to cost some unbelievable emotions and actions to come out of John Ross," Henderson revealed.
3. Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) has Elena in her crosshairs for dumping John Ross. Don't expect the gubernatorial candidate and former Miss Texas to be so forgiving in business and personal life to Ms. Ramos for ditching her son for her nephew, Christopher.
"Sue Ellen is very territorial and she is definitely a mama bear. And she puts John Ross first.," Brewster remarked. "So it definitely - the relationship between Sue Ellen and Elena definitely changes."
"He definitely starts to consider compromising his ethics. He certainly and ultimately dances on the dark side a little bit, he’s really forced to in order to compete with everyone around him being so manipulative. You’re definitely going to see a darker side of Christopher come mid-season," Metcalfe stated.
Season 2 of Dallas premieres Monday at 9PM on TNT.
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