Marco Ruiz ended "The Bridge" Season 1 in a dark place, and he remains there when Season 2 picks up in its July 9 premiere. But as much as Demian Bichir's character wants to mourn his son, he also finds himself quickly pulled into a web of intrigue outside of his control.
"One of the great things about this new season in terms of where Marco is is that when you lose a son, when your son dies, everything changes forever. You go into a really, really dark place. It's hell. That's where Marco is when Season 2 begins," Bichir tells a small group of journalists at an event promoting the Season 2 premiere. "From that point on, we will see what happens when you don't have anything else to lose. That is exactly Marco's position right now, and that makes him extremely dangerous for the bad guys."
He continues, "The first very important thing that we talk about in episode 1 of second season is that someone is trying to get rid of him within his own team. That tells you one thing: He is still this stand-up man, this different kind of a cop who believes that he can represent a difference in a corrupt system, and that's very, very uncomfortable for a lot of people; for many powerful people, not only within the corporation but also businessmen around him. ... This guy is now fearless, and he is in a really, really dark place, but his nature hasn't been modified, hasn't been touched."
That doesn't make Marco's focus any clearer, though. "It's hard," Bichir admits of Marco coping with the loss of his son. "Part of the fascinating aspects of Marco in this season is that it's a loaded gun, and you don't know what's going to happen with it. The bullet is already in the chamber, and it's ready to go at any time. That's who he is right now."
Bichir admits that he is only as good as the rest of his cast and crew on "The Bridge." But he and Diane Kruger are considered its two leads, so expect Marco and Sonya to come back together in the Season 2 premiere, even if they aren't on the best of terms immediately.
"I think they became good friends, but when Season  ended, there was a bunch of misunderstandings on both character's reasons. It did not end very well. But in Season 2, they will recover each other, not only because they need each other and -- I want to think that this is not only me in head -- that they like each other," Bichir says. "More than liking each other, they love each other. They respect each other -- and not in a sexual way." He adds with a laugh, "I wish!"
But the reunion between Marco and Sonya is more important to the show than just bringing back its two main characters. "That is actually a very close analogy for how Mexico and the US work. It couldn't be better, because we're so different, but guess what? We're close together," Bichir says. "Instead of blaming each other like, 'You are the bad and I am the good one,' we need to understand each other as soon as possible, get to know each other as soon as possible, understand our own differences and begin working together."
Life isn't easy for Marco when Season 2 picks up, which continues to make him not only a relatable character for Bichir, but also for the audience.
"He's constantly dealing with all these demons, and that's almost Shakespearean," he says. "It's also appealing to the audience to see someone like that, because we all seen ourselves in that position at some point in our lives when you just don't care."
"The Bridge" Season 2 is deviating from the serial killer format it used in Season 1, but Bichir thinks there is still plenty fans of the series will love. "It is exciting on the corner of creepy. It is fascinating on the corner of 'what the f*** am I doing here,'" Bichir teases of the new episodes. "There isn't any certainty of any kind, and I like playing kamikaze. Kamikaze's OK with me. That might be my middle name sometimes. I like the vertigo around that. That's interesting."
"The Bridge" Season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
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