Sam has just discovered his family, and it's already looking like trouble. What's going through his mind as he's standing at that mailbox at the end of Episode 25?
It's a really bizarre thing that he finds out he has a brother. The relationship that Sam has in his head with his parents is that they gave him up. But his brother Tommy [played by Marshall Allman] didn't give him up - this is someone Sam could share a bond with. But for some reason, Tommy's lying about who he is. The Mickens are obviously sort of sketchy characters, and at this point, Sam is trying to figure out if he really wants to walk into that house.
With the werewolves shifting this season, you're finally not the only guy who has to get naked all the time - did you have any advice for your fellow shape-changers?
I was never the only guy! There are a lot of ripped naked men on our show, for sure. But I remember the first time Marshall had to get naked, we were outside in this area we shoot in a lot, that's usually freezing cold. It wasn't as cold as it normally is, and I just kept telling him, 'You're so lucky, man. You're getting it good.' He didn't really feel that way, though, because he was naked and lying down in the dirt.
In this episode, it's Bill and Sam who are heating things up in that dream sequence - what did you think the first time you read the scene?
Both of us were thinking that because Sam had so much of Bill's blood that they were going to have some kind of connection this year. But I really wasn't expecting something so quickly - it was pretty much the first thing I shot for the season. On set, we have stand-ins for us so the director of photography can see how everything looks. They're these two straight guys who are friends of ours, and we were watching them in the monitor, so we had the director yell out to them, 'Hey guys, can you take your shirts off? We're having trouble with the lighting.' Then we kept telling them to get closer and closer...and then told them we needed them to kiss. You should have seen their faces - it was pretty good.