NYCC 2013: Haven Panel

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The brand new Empire Stage at New York Comic Con played host to the cast and crew of the SyFy series Haven this evening. On the panel were stars of the show, Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Richard Donat and John Dunsworth along with Executive Producer Shawn Piller and Writers Brian Millikin and Nick Parker. Forgoing any formal discussion of the show, they instead launched right into questions from the attendees, with John Dunsworth roaming the crowd, mic in hand.

We learned that one of the writers was a huge King nerd, constantly fact-checking the references sprinkled throughout the show. Vince’s trouble will be revealed along with why some members of the Guard have the ability to hide their tattoos. Many questions and comments were directed at Eric Balfour and ranged from his career choices (he says he’s been in more cancelled TV shows than anyone in history) to his favorite part of being on the show (the rest of the cast and crew).

Things first took a turn for the strange when Lucas Bryant pulled out an acoustic guitar and began singing about what Haven meant to him and ended up being joined by Rose and then Balfour. Clearly it had been rehearsed but it came across as sweet and quite charming in a way from some actors who obviously love the people they’re working with and the show they’re working on.

When asked about character deaths, the response was “It’s a science fiction show, anything can happen”. The writers also explained that they’ve had a pretty good plan from the beginning of the show about the major plot points including an end game. They’ve gotten to some of the revelations quicker than they expected (Who was the Colorado Kid), but they’ve been able to stick surprisingly close to the original plan for the overall story.

When I mentioned that I fist saw Emily as Elena in the Uncharted series, the crowd cheered. I talked about how Nolan North and Claudia Black had their guest shots on the show so where was Richard McGonagle? We needed Sully. Emily mentioned that he lived in Maine and it wouldn’t be too hard to abduct him for the show. The writers assured me that they love McGonagle and they’d love to have him on if they can get a script together to use him properly.

Then a wedding broke out….

Balfour asked about a couple in the audience that had approached him earlier in the day. Rose ran down to be the Flower Girl while Lucas was set to give her away. He also played Here Comes The Bride on his guitar as he walked her down the aisle and up onto the stage. While he has no legal authority, Balfour delivered a funny and touching ceremony that culminated with the couple being labeled “Comic Con husband and wife”.

After this, as they were told to wrap up the panel, they came right down off the stage and into the crowd, signing autographs, giving great big bear hugs and taking pictures with everyone. It was a playful and fun panel unlike anything I’d ever seen and the Cast and Crew came across as a wonderful and caring group of people.

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  • Keith Dunn

    SWEET!!