During last night’s premiere of Agent Carter, there was plenty of focus put on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and rightfully so. There were however plenty of other characters, both old and new, that appeared as well.
One of those returning characters was Chief Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), while one of the new characters was Vernon Masters (Kurtwood Smith). The former has had a rocky relationship with Peggy, but the latter has yet to establish a relationship just yet. Following the events of the season 2 premiere, both actors talked to Marvel about their characters and the choices they will make this season.
Warning: Slight spoilers for the season 2 premiere of Agent Carter below.
Vernon Masters first popped on screen when he escorted Dottie away from the custody of the SSR while Thompson was in the middle of an interrogation. There seemed to be a history between the characters, and they each briefly teased what it could be.
Smith: I have a connection with Chad’s character from way back.
Murray: There’s a family history between Jack [and Vernon].
Thompson and Peggy have never had a great relationship and that certainly did not get any better when he took credit for what she did to save New York. The way Murray looks at it, he did not have much of a choice.
Murray: For me, I think Jack definitely stands behind it. I think Jack made the best decision he could for the greater good of the agency. You know, they could have been closed down. If he had given credit to a woman–bearing the time period [in mind], of course–they would have said, “Unacceptable. Your best agent’s a woman? I don’t think we need you guys anymore, goodbye.” And they would have closed them down and that would have been it.
Taking credit for that gave Thompson a promotion and with that, a ton of power. He transferred Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) to LA, and when the opportunity presented itself, he got rid of Peggy as well. Murray loves playing the new version of Thompson.
Murray: It’s awesome. I really enjoy being in the power position and making the calls. It’s fun. He’s always wanted to be in a power position. If he could be President, he would be, if he could run. So, I can only say that it’s been fun. I think that it does create animosity. There is some hostility, great conflict between certain characters due to the fact that he’s in this power position now.
Let’s just say, a lot of times in life, when you do something that you know wasn’t right or just, you want to get away from it as far as you can. Some people run. Some people choose to run away, they move across the country…but you’re running away. Jack just exports everybody. He’s in a power position and says, “I’m not going anywhere; you go somewhere.” But the animosity between everybody, it just plays really interestingly, just from a psychological standpoint of what he’s dealing with and how he’s dealing with people.
But there’s still that great sweater vest/suspenders relationship that I love so much!
Although we have not seen much of Vernon Masters yet, we certainly will moving forward. Smith could not say much, but he did give this tease about where things could be heading.
Smith: If you think about the period of when it is, in America, and what is coming down the road–not the Korean War, but something else–I think that there are rumblings of that in this episode. That that’s what we’re heading towards, but I’ll let you figure that out yourself.
Episode 3 of Agent Carter, “Better Angels”, will air next Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.