EXCLUSIVE 'The Oath' Season 2: Cast and creators talk about the real story behind the show and what to expect
MEA WorldWide spoke with 'The Oath' creator and former LAPD cop Joe Halpin, co-executive producer 50 Cent and the stars to delve deeper into the breakout series.
The second season of Sony Crackle’s hit series ‘The Oath’ is now available to binge on the streaming network, and some might say this season is even better than the first. Created by Joe Halpin, ‘The Oath’ is based on his real life experiences as a police officer in South Central Los Angeles and the gangs within the police force.
The series of course had to amp up some of the drama for entertainment value, but according to Halpin, much of what you see in the series actually did happen in real life.
“You always have to enhance things for entertainment value, but everything we did in the show was really rooted in fact, whether it was things I experienced or did. Even the opening of the first season where there was a bank robbery and our characters came out and revealed that they were cops and they were setting up a containment on a bank that they themselves robbed, that actually happened. So everything came from either things that I experienced or was aware of when I was a cop. So I thought this was a great way to peel back the curtain and expose something that needs to be looked at. To have a chance to do that in an entertaining way isn’t just educational but its also fun for the audience.”
We also spoke to executive producer Curtis Jackson (widely known as 50 Cent), who is most well known for his prolific music career as a rapper.
That said, Jackson has become increasingly more established in the world of television, as he executive produced the Starz hit ‘Power’ and of course his current hit ‘The Oath’. Jackson opened up about his love for this art form and what we can expect from season two.
“The storytelling process in film and television is great, but it’s a lot of changes and thought put into what you see happening. It’s very rare that your first instinct is what you actually end up seeing on screen. When the show starts to become successful you are able to let more of those instincts go onto paper because they believe more in the writers.
As for season two, it’s a little more intense. There was a little more time in season one for character building, but now that the audience actually knows the characters, we can do more and explain less.”
‘The Oath’ is full of very dark characters who have all done atrocious things, but just like any good story, there is always some kind of redeeming quality in each character. The best of example of that in the series is the character of Steve Hammond, played by ‘True Blood’ alum Ryan Kwanten. Kwanten opened up about how he plays such a dark role and is also able to relate to him at the same time.
“He is the darkest character I have ever played, so you have to look at redemptive qualities even with the darkest character. I think his want and ability to keep the family together at all costs is the most redeeming thing about him.”
Speaking of redeeming qualities of dark characters, we also spoke with Isaac Keys who plays G, and who will indeed be back this season after what many thought was a fatal incident in season one.
According to Keys, G comes back as a different person, with more heart than we had ever seen him before.
"G comes back from a fatal incident after season one, and the redeeming aspect is that he is a different person. Sometimes when you go through a life changing experience you come back in a different light and I think the writers were able to convey that in the script and allow G to come back with more heart and wanting to raise up in the ranks. He comes back very different and I hope the fans are able to see that.”
Make sure to binge all eight episodes of season two of ‘The Oath’, which are all available to watch on Sony Crackle!