Glenn Close, Rose Byrne duel to the death in 'Damages' new season
By Courtney Garcia, ReutersLOS ANGELES--Glenn Close and Rose Byrne come out fighting in the series premiere of legal drama “Damages,” and both know that by the time the fifth and final season wraps, one of them may not make it out alive.
July 8, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
Close, who portrays dubious legal eagle Patty Hewes in the series, and Byrne, her one-time protege and now fierce rival Ellen Parsons, have for years been locked in a love-hate relationship that has seen them work on the same cases even while loathing each other's very existence.
The new season, kicking off July 11 on DirecTV, promises more episodes based on real-life legal issues. More important, fans will get the final insight into what personality traits have driven these two vengeful women the past four years.
“Neither of them can get the other out of their lives or out of their sensibilities,” Close told Reuters. “A fascinating thing about this season is you learn Patty's reason for behaving more than anytime before.”
“She's gone past the point of no return, and I think, she's too proud and too, in some ways, emotionally isolated to change at this point,” she added.
Hewes takes a by-any-means-necessary approach to winning legal cases, and she is remorseless about her actions. After attempting to have Parsons assassinated in the first season, the expert attorney has managed over three years to coerce her young recruit into following her on a demented path to justice.
Hewes constantly pushes Parsons to do what's wrong in order to obtain what's right. But in this new season, the pair are on a collision course. Previews have revealed Parsons lying on the street after apparently being thrown from a building. Whether or not she meets her demise, actress Byrne said Parsons will demonstrate she has just as much ambition as her former mentor.
“One big question this season is whether Ellen is going to finally go to the lengths Patty goes to win cases and sort of become Patty,” Byrne said. “Before she's been very apologetic about her ambition and she does it in a way that's very lucid, but she never owns it. In this season ... she wants it.”