‘Haven’ Season 5 Interview: Eric Balfour Discusses Duke’s Most Difficult Season Yet

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Haven is in the midst of its extended fifth season (or fifth and sixth season– the jury is still out), but earlier in the season, TV Equals joined in a conference call with star Eric Balfour to discuss the difficult year Duke is having. Duke not only had to deal with the fallout from Audrey’s stint as Mara, but he has also been dealing with the emotional impact of Jennifer’s death. Now that Audrey is back, do not expect Duke’s life to suddenly become easier.

For one thing, he will continue to grapple with life without Jennifer. Her loss has been and will continue to be a driving force for Duke in season five. “The Jennifer character has a very, very large role in Duke’s storyline this season. It’s a huge motivation for him that it has pretty incredible outcomes, and it’s a huge part of the entire arc of Duke’s character this season.”

Despite being in the midst of a busy year as he launches a new clothing line, Balfour will be in all 24 episodes of Haven‘s extended season, carrying Duke through an arc that will explore his explosive powers and see his complex bond with Nathan delved into more than ever before. “Every season, this world that these characters live in gets harder and more intense. So that, in and of itself, is going to put strain on Duke and Nathan’s relationship. But, you know…if you ask me, one of the truly great romances of this show is the love story that exists between Duke and Nathan,” he points out.

While their bromance is complicated by mutual love interests and a complicated past, Balfour sees Duke and Nathan as brothers. “They’ve been up and down, and this season is only going to push the dynamic of that relationship further and push it to its limits.”

Fans will be glad to know that Balfour and his co-star, Lucas Bryant’s relationship in real life is a pure lovefest. Balfour had nothing but good things to say about his co-star. He is particularly looking forward to fans seeing Bryant’s directorial debut at the beginning of the season’s second half. “I am so excited about it for him and for us. I want to make his episode the best of the season,” Balfour said. “Actors make fantastic directors. They understand the energy that it takes for an actor to do what he does. They are sympathetic to that. They have a language that they understand with actors– there’s nothing that I like more than working with a director who has been an actor.”

On a character front, Duke is being pushed to the very brink emotionally. Where Duke was once very much outside of the world of the Troubled, he now understands what it is like to be one of them from both sides– as someone meant to kill them and someone who possesses uncontrollable powers himself. “This season is going to be really intense for Duke and really heavy for Duke,” Balfour revealed. “The biggest challenge has been in maintaining what is so great about Duke, and it is his irreverence and his humor and his ability to laugh in the face of danger. Finding the balance between the intensity of what’s going on this season for Duke and maintaining his nature, has been a challenge. It’s one of my favorite things about the character, and you wouldn’t want to lose it. So, finding that balance has certainly been the biggest challenge.”

What do you think of Duke’s arc so far this season and what would you like to see moving forward?

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Catch an all-new episode of Haven tonight, Friday, October 24th at 7PM ET/PT on Syfy.

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