‘The Affair’ Expect Twists In Season 3, Joshua Jackson Talks Development Of His Character Cole

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(Photo : Facebook/ The Affair) Take a look at what Joshua Jackson said about his character Cole on "The Affair," and also what kind of "twists" you can expect in season three.

Joshua Jackson recently sat down with Yahoo TV to discuss Showtime's "The Affair" and how his character, Cole Lockhart, has developed since the first season.

"The Affair" is about  a married writer, Noah Solloway (Dominic West), who falls in love with a married waitress, Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson), during a summer trip to Montauk, N.Y. This affair eventually leads to the disintegration of both marriages and to the mysterious death of Bailey's brother-in-law. Jackson plays Bailey's husband.

"The Affair" is unique in that half of an episode is told in Noah's  perspective, while the other half is told in the Alison's. The perspectives are usually quite different and are telling of how subjective people's reading of a situation may be.

Season one just had the perspectives of Alison and Noah. Season two added the perspective of Cole and Noah's ex-wife Helen, played by Maura Tierney. Tierney's powerful performance in the second season of "The Affair" garnered her a Golden Globe. According Jackson's interview with Yahoo TV, he might be facing his first Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Cole.

Jackson said he is happy that "The Affair" waited till the second season to add the perspectives of Cole and Helen.

"I think it would have been probably too busy to have those four storylines happening at the same time if you had no previous knowledge of what the show was," he said. "I think the second season definitely allowed us to spin the story and, certainly as an actor, it was just fantastic to go from being an object to a subject of the show."

He also felt that, because Cole's perspective was added and the character was given depth, it felt like he was playing a completely different person at times in season two.


The Affair- Joshua Jackson as Cole
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"When we come back in season two, he's completely broken, just emptied out inside. He's not all the sort of swaggering, masculine man he was in the first season. It felt like we were starting from a completely different place, and I also thought it was a fun place for me to get to play," he said. "Because to see a character from the outside first — particularly one who was portrayed as being stoic to a fault, proud to a fault, and strong in both a really positive and sometimes negative way — to see how that person is actually feeling on the inside, was a really interesting place to build from."

Spoilers ahead!

Season two ended with Noah confessing that he killed Cole's brother, Scotty, in a hit and run. Helen, it turns out was behind the wheel of the car, and Alison pushed Scotty into the middle of the road. Noah confessed in order to protect the two mothers of his children, Helen and Alison. 

Season three will probably touch upon where the trial ended. However, while the third season will follow the trial,  Tierney recently said to expect more time hops in the third season. 

"It's going to be back and forth a little bit more next season," she said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Previously, following her Golden Globe win, Tierney slipped and said that there was going to be a significant change to the structure of the show. However, she rescinded her comments.

"That is not going to happen this season," she said. "If we come back for a fourth, it might be implemented then. But I think they just decided to go a different way. This was is good, too. I don't know that much. It was just going to be fun ... it might still happen, so I don't want to say."

Season three of "The Affair" will premiere Nov. 20 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

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