'Revenge's' Henry Czerny Teases Conrad's Challenges and the Finale

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As ABC’s Revenge moves toward its final two episodes, Conrad Grayson will find himself and his business the target of the show’s major forces of nature, his vengeful wife Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) and his mysterious future daughter-in-law, Emily (Emily VanCamp).

“In terms of being attacked on several fronts, he’s used to that,” Henry Czerny, who plays Conrad Grayson, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s been doing this for a long time and like Rupert Murdoch, like Donald Trump, like Conrad Black, like [Bernie] Madoff, these people are used to people coming at them. And I think the more people that come after this Conrad, the more weapons you will see come out of his closet arsenal.”

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THR spoke to Czerny, 53, about Conrad’s upcoming challenges, his exit strategy and what to expect from the show’s season finale.

The Hollywood Reporter: How has it been like playing this role this season?
Henry Czerny: Well, obviously for the first part of it as good storytellers do they need to focus on their key characters and of course that’s Emily and Victoria, and the others need to fill in to support that. But as we went along once that was established and that momentum was secure, they could focus on the underpinning, or the environment around which those two characters survive or thrive in or defend themselves against. So, Conrad in the latter part of this season is coming up to a terrific challenge.

THR: What can you say about what Conrad is capable of doing when faced with the challenges?
Czerny: There’s a couple of passages in The Count of Monte Cristo [which Revenge is based on] that I kind of keep in my back pocket about what his overarching intention might be or hope might be. And it’s to remain in a position regardless of what seems to be going on, to be able to if push comes to shove just go somewhere; to have the means to always be able to free himself from the comings and goings that I think he on some level enjoys.

As difficult as they are, as painful as they might be, I think he thrives as a hunter might going through some very tough terrain looking for the prize buck. I think he on some level enjoys the tussle, which is one of the reasons I think he’s been with Victoria for so long. It proves to himself in some subconscious level his strengths when he’s challenged. So as the company is now being challenged, I think he’s stepping up to protect his ability to as [Alexandre] Dumas puts it, separate himself from all the rest of mankind at pleasure.

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THR: What can we expect next from Conrad and Victoria?
Czerny: As Victoria would do to Conrad, these people love squashing other people who have made them uncomfortable. That’s part of the business world too... Victoria comes to play her cards and Conrad really is not interested in the card game anymore.

THR: On the next episode, Emily will try to play Conrad in order to find the white-haired man. Why hasn’t Conrad shown much suspicion when it comes to Emily and will that change?
Czerny: He has absolutely no reason to. Conrad has nothing to lose with his son marrying a very well off, beautiful young woman who lives next door, nothing to lose by that. Victoria in her mind has everything to lose because she will lose the one male she feels she still has control over, and that’s Daniel.

THR: How would you describe the finale for fans?
Czerny: For those who have been there since the pilot, and for those who haven’t and went back and watched the pilot, as intriguing and as satisfying in terms of a guilty pleasure storytelling episode it was and for those who were thrilled with the turn of events near the end regarding Daniel’s demise, the end of season one will be that times 20.

Revenge airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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