“Buckle up,” warns Adrian Pasdar.
The actor promises plenty of juicy action in the Season 1 finale of “The Lying Game,” which airs Monday, March 5 at 9 p.m. on ABC Family. But if you have a sharp enough eye, you could’ve figured out the answers to many of the show’s secrets by now.
“The secret is already out there. It’s been told three times. I can’t
tell you which episode, but the truth has come out three times in the
last ten episodes about who is responsible for what,” he tells Zap2it.
“The clues in ‘The Lying Game’ are buried, but they’re not buried deep,” he continues. “They’re buried at the end of scenes. Very often somebody off-camera will say something, or an actor in a nonchalant way will deliver a line that seems inconsequential. It seems meaningless. It just seems like a wrap-up to a conversation. But it’s there and the writers have very diligently put these clues in every single episode.”
Pasdar’s Alec Rybek has spent an entire 20 episodes plotting and scheming to keep some sort of secret buried while making life difficult for separated-at-birth twins Sutton and Emma, who are juggling with their own secrets in a “Parent Trap”-type situation with Sutton’s parents. Pasdar says that although Alec’s been able to orchestrate some very shady dealings thanks to his position of power, he might not be facing the music any time soon.
“I think the music that Alec listens to is the string section that nobody else can hear. I really think he’s got so many dogs in the hunt right now that we don’t realize,” Pasdar says. “What’s really cool is that they’ve laid out a lot of clues. …One of the best clues that nobody has said anything about was two episodes ago when the car broke down by the side of the road. Thayer asked Emma to hand him the lug wrench, and she says, ‘I wouldn’t even know what that is.'”
Later, a cell phone photo revealed Alec threatening Derek with that same tool — right before Derek wound up dead. “There are so many clues laid out in this show so beautifully that just go by quiet and unnoticed about who may be involved in what.”
In the season finale, Alec and Rebecca are getting hitched after a speedy engagement and even speedier courtship. But since Alec is the king of manipulating situations to his benefit, is he marrying Rebecca because he truly loves her or because he has an ulterior motive?
“I think for a guy in his position it may be a combination of both,” Pasdar says. “[Alec is] somebody who’s relied so heavily on Machiavellian tendencies to remove or to extricate himself or his loved ones from situations [and is now being] confronted with somebody whom he admires, not only for her ability to make him feel loved, but to make him feel challenged by her own ability to be duplicitous. I think they’re a really healthy combination. I don’t think it’s one or the other. I think it’s both. I think he really admires/loves her/needs her.”
Although Pasdar says there’s “nothing altruistic about [Alec’s]
intentions,” he’s not necessarily a bad guy.
“I think it’s always a little more interesting when it’s not just good
or bad; when there is liquidity to the morality. I think Walt Disney
said it best when he said a show is only as good as the bad guy is bad.
This is a different show so it makes it work perfectly for us. When it
suits the show, he’s reprehensible in his behavior at times. But I
think ultimately we’re going to find out that it’s not all as bad as you
think. There is a great deal of protecting going on. Although, for
who, I can’t say. I’m not at liberty.”