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Choo! Choo! Join us for an exclusive look behind-the-scenes of Snowpiercer Season 2. After successfully convincing his fellow passengers that the titular train's inventor, Mr. Wilford, is just a myth, revolutionary Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) receives quite a shock when the man himself (played by Game of Thrones' Sean Bean) actually shows up with a wink and a smile.
For many people, Wilford is a god-like figure who saved them from an icy death as the rest of the world was consumed by plummeting temperatures. "He's almost untouchable and kind of legendary to some of his supporters," Bean states in the clip below. "His aim is to get the people behind him ... by any means."
"It's hard to fight a god in a battle for popularity," adds Diggs.
Speaking with The New York Times earlier this year, Bean compared Wilford to Dr. Frankenstein.
"He spent a lot of time researching how to suffer extreme cold conditions, and that’s been demonstrated with Icy Bob (Andre Tricoteux) and now Josie (Katie McGuinness). He’s just experimenting," the actor said. "That’s another aspect of Wilford, meddling with people’s lives, treating them like animals. That’s where he spends a lot of his time, pursuing things that wouldn’t be allowed in normal society."
"We just chose very early on to have Wilford play his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Hannibal Lecter, in a way," executive producer Becky Clements told Entertainment Weekly. "Is he insane or the most brilliant human left on earth? We don't know. What I love about Sean is, you just don't know what's coming next in the performance and in the character, so it's very fun. He brings such an unpredictability. We have such very strange moments with him."
Snowpiercer Season 2 arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD Tuesday, Nov. 9. The show will return to TNT for its third season on Jan. 24, 2022, the network confirmed on Twitter this week. A fourth season was green-lit over the summer.
“Snowpiercer has been an incredibly successful series for us that continues to capture the imagination of viewers, grow audience and maintain strong ratings,” Sam Linsky and Adrienne O’Riain — co-heads of scripted original programming for TBS, TNT, and truTV — said in a joint statement at the time. “All of our seasons embark on an emotional, unexpected ride and the well-plotted storylines will continue to evolve and remain relevant to audiences. We’re excited to keep the train running into Season 4."