“The Last Ship” made its San Diego Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Resident Con-favorite Adam Baldwin was the clear MVP of a panel that also included stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Travis Van Winkle, Charles Parnell, executive producers Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane and director Jack Bender.
Steinberg teases that each of the final five episodes of Season 1 will have “a different feel, a different texture, a different tone” than the first half of the season. There will be big action episodes and smaller emotional ones, with the Russians returning (“but we handle them,” Dane promises), XO Slattery taking over the ship (briefly) and a concern that someone on the ship is sick.
“We’re also going to see what the world looks like and what these guys have to do with this new reality,” Kane says. “It’s a world-building thing.”
But even with Season 1 going a new route, it’s the finale that fans should really be excited for. “Season 1 ends with a complete cliffhanger turn that upends the whole series,” Steinberg says. “It drives the series to a whole new direction.”
Kane adds that Season 2 features “a whole new palate and a whole new set of problems and adventures.”
Looking back at Season 1, the EPs are very happy about the cast they lined up for the TNT hit. “We wanted the audience to say, ‘If this ever happened in real life, I want to be on that ship with that captain,'” Kane says. “By the end of the season, or even early in, [the characters] become individuals and people you care about — and that’s our hope.”
Bender elaborates, “I think this show is about hope. … How do we survive in a really dangerous, complicated world, which we certainly know today with what’s going on in the Middle East.”
Baldwin and Dane discuss how important it was for the cast to do the Navy justice with the characters that they play. “We want to honor those that serve,” Baldwin says. “Everyone’s involved has seen that that’s what our goal is.”
The cast and crew is happy about their “adventure show of the summer,” as Kane says, and are obviously optimistic about the future. “I hope it lasts and we sail for 10 years,” Baldwin says.
“The Last Ship” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.