Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Big battle marks Damages finale

Glenn Close plays a tough litigator in Damages

The creators of hit legal drama Damages have revealed the final season will feature a showdown between the two main characters.

When the legal drama-thriller started back in 2007, it focused on the smart but naive young lawyer, Ellen Parsons, played by Rose Byrne, landing a dream job as the protegee of legendary high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, played by Glenn Close.

Now, in the show's fifth and final season, they will square off against each other both in the courtroom and out in a showdown from which at least one of them may not come out alive.

"We're bringing full circle what happened since the first season," said Glenn Kessler, who, along with his brother Todd A Kessler and Daniel Zelman, are the series' creators and executive producers. "It's been terrifically fun to go back and reinvest in all the horrors and manipulation and deceit, and really blow it up as both women go at each other, full force."

"Unlike the past, there isn't a clear-cut antagonist this season," says Todd Kessler.

"This time, there's a lot of grey, because we didn't want the audience to side with either Ellen or Patty. We want to keep them guessing."

Besides Ryan Phillippe, this season's troupe includes John Hannah, Jenna Elfman and Taxi's Judd Hirsch.

But the trio hasten to note that it is the on-screen dynamic duo who, from the start, guaranteed the unpredictable nature of the series, helping steward it through its breathless evolution.

Todd revealed: "Glenn and Rose have been such leaders for us on the set in working with those actors and explaining 'trust the process, it will get you there'."

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