'City on a Hill' Season 2: Who is Grace Campbell? Pernel Walker's character hints at a crucial role
Grace Campell is introduced as a community activist with quite the pull in Boston, only to later reveal that she's about to get tangled in a major mess
This article contains spoilers or 'City on a Hill' Season 2 Episode 1: 'Bill Russell's Bedsheets
'City on a Hill' Season 2 hit the ground up and running and while promising another gripping installment, the opener also introduced a slew of new characters, with Pernell Walker's Grace Campbell being one of them. It is pretty clear from the outset that Walker's Campbell is a pivotal character after her introduction.
Grace Campell is introduced as a community activist with quite the pull in Boston. Her first scene sees her walking into Fleet Bank where she encounters a tearful young woman named Tia who tells her they have taken her house. Campbell realizes the young woman had defaulted but requires two weeks to raise the money. She then takes charge saying she would like to withdraw all of the money out of the tenant management account for the Braxton Summit— a federal housing project.
It is revealed that Campbell was a known face in the area and she was actively working towards the project. Things go awry when a questionable drug arrest plunges the Summit into trouble. Campbell then enlists the help of Decourcy Ward's (Aldis Hodge) wife, Siobhan Quay (Lauren E Banks) to help in the investigation.
While Quay and Ward investigate the case, a shooting incident occurs between two rival gangs and one of them is helmed by her son, Anton Campbell (Shannon Wallace), a fact Campbell is oblivious of. Also part of the gang is her second son, Kelvin Campbell (Kameron Kierce).
Safe to say, trouble is brewing for the Campbell's, especially for Grace and Anton as the shooting sees a young girl as a casualty after being hit by a stray bullet. While there's enough in the first episode about Campbell, the shooting raises some serious questions about her activism and her efforts to help the Summit.
While there is no predicting what happens in the next episode, the only available fact is that Campbell has a multi-episode arc in the series. According to IMDb's cast list, Walker is slated to appear in four episodes. Walker is not new to the TV industry. Her works include— 'The Deuce', 'Adventures in New America' and 'Dietland'.
What are your thoughts on how things will take a turn for Grace and Anton over the course of the series?
'City on a Hill' Season 2 airs Sundays at 10 pm ET on Showtime.