Editor’s be aware: The under incorporates spoilers for Season 1 of Interview with the Vampire.
AMC’s Interview with the Vampire has efficiently wrapped up its first season, and this gothic vampire sequence adaptation from the beloved Anne Rice classics proved that there are methods to honor the books whereas having the ability to create one thing recent and impactful. There have been a few vital adjustments made within the present — the aging-up of Claudia’s (Bailey Bass) character and the change to Louis’ (Jacob Anderson) race among the many most notable — however all of these items managed to deliver out a brand new strategy to benefit from the story excellently.
Created by Rolin Jones, the seven-episode season follows the lengthy lives of Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) as vampires in New Orleans. The 2 develop a relationship and, years later, add a brand new member to the household —a teenage vampire named Claudia. All of that is being recollected by Louis within the current time, telling it to his outdated buddy and journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian), though some elements of it should not as true as Louis thinks they’re. By the finale, the present answered a few of the most burning questions viewers had — however there are nonetheless issues that left us hanging or on the sting and looking forward to Season 2 for solutions.
The place Did Claudia Go?
Claudia is a 14-year-old woman who’s become a vampire by Lestat after being saved by Louis from a burning constructing in Storyville. The bloodthirsty vampire duo rapidly turns into a trio. Collectively, they reside their vampire lives and develop up —mentally, that’s. All through the years, Claudia grows to resent Louis and Lestat for turning her right into a vampire as a result of it means she’ll perpetually be caught within the physique of her teenage self.
This resentment then turns into the gas to Claudia’s anger and desperation. This results in her desirous to kill Lestat, her maker, and he or she persuades Louis to be a part of the plan, concocting an elaborate, spectacular plan that she’s been boiling for fairly a while. Within the finale, Claudia manages to poison Lestat. Claudia tells Louis that they should burn Lestat’s physique to lastly finish all of it. Nevertheless, Louis — nonetheless blindly in love with Lestat — pushes her towards the wall, telling her to cease. It is the final time we see Claudia on display, so, naturally, there’s nonetheless the query of the place she may need gone and what she is going to do after every part that she’s been by way of. Did she lastly go away for Paris with Louis? Sadly, this can probably solely be answered in Season 2.
Will Lestat Come Again and Search Revenge?
All through the season, Daniel repeatedly questions Louis’ unreliable narration, particularly on his relationship together with his maker. Daniel, a strolling lie detector, tells Louis that he did not truly kill Lestat as a result of he is nonetheless in love with him, and as an alternative spared his life. In an incredibly-executed scene in Episode 6, Daniel says that Louis knew what he was doing when he put Lestat in a coffin that locks from the within after which dumped it in a spot the place there are huge rats. There’s solely a short shot of Lestat grabbing a rat and bringing it again into the coffin to feed himself.
Within the 1994 movie adaptation, Lestat assaults Molloy after he concludes the interview with Louis. Seeing as there have been a few adjustments made to this model, we are able to solely guess as to how Lestat will return and in what trend — however what’s positive is that we’ve not seen the final of Reid’s Lestat.
Who Is the Vampire Armand?
The finale revealed that Louis’ “human” companion, Rashid (Assad Zaman), is definitely a 500-year-old vampire Armand. That is one thing that many followers have been speculating about because the first time he appeared on-screen, however now it may be put to relaxation.
In Anne Rice’s books, Armand is an extremely highly effective elder vampire who crosses paths with Louis, Claudia, and even Daniel sooner or later. Within the present, we all know that the latter and Armand already knew one another upon assembly in a bar a long time in the past. Very similar to Lestat, he additionally has the mysterious “cloud reward,” however apart from the twist, Armand’s story — and the way he and Louis got here to satisfy — remains to be just about a thriller for the followers who’re much less acquainted with the books themselves.
What Is the Historical past Between Daniel, Armand, and Louis?
A short scene on the finish of Episode 6 provoked extra questions than ever earlier than. For a fast recap: a youthful model of Daniel goes to a dive bar in San Francisco; Louis is there and provides to purchase him a drink. They discuss for a bit when Louis mentions that Daniel can interview him as a result of he is a vampire.
As they’re about to go away the bar, Rashid seems and talks to Louis. This confirms that Daniel and Rashid, aka Armand, have met earlier than, however Daniel does not appear to recollect this very important info. What’s their historical past? What number of instances have they met over time? Hopefully, these could be addressed within the subsequent season.
Will We Meet Even Extra Vampires in Season 2?
Early in Season 1, Louis asks Lestat if they’re the one vampires strolling on Earth. Cautiously, Lestat states that there are just a few hundred roaming round, however he does not actually discuss to all of them. All through the sequence, we do see different vampires. When Claudia leaves dwelling, she has a fateful encounter with Bruce (Damon Daunno), a fellow vampire. We additionally see Antoinette (Maura Grace Athari) as a vampire, due to Lestat, although she dies shortly after the reveal. Within the books, there are a few different vampires that the primary characters meet — and because it was already hinted at by Lestat, we might absolutely see a few of them on display quickly.
What Will Occur to Daniel Given His Well being Issues?
When Daniel is invited to interview Louis within the current time, Louis casually tells the journalist that he is aware of about his present situation. Daniel reluctantly confirms that he has Parkinson’s illness and has been battling it for fairly a while. This progressive dysfunction does not have a remedy, however we see Daniel receiving remedy from a physician in Dubai as requested by Louis. It is unclear what is going to occur to Daniel in Season 2, however there may very well be an opportunity that he’ll be become a vampire earlier than his Parkinson’s catches as much as him. We all know he requested Louis to make him a vampire all these years in the past, so will the interviewee do the honors? Or might Lestat and even Armand flip Daniel themselves?
Was it Really Raining That Evening?
One of many issues that this adaptation of Interview with the Vampire really succeeds at is build up Louis’ unreliable narration in a manner that’s crammed with sufficient rigidity. Daniel retains calling Louis out on his lies, telling him that there are numerous inconsistencies in his tales. Louis’ recollection is painstakingly clouded by his vampire bond together with his maker, so oftentimes, he tweaks his tales to persuade himself that Lestat just isn’t as unhealthy as others suppose he’s. This mind-set comes from a spot of trauma, and it in the end casts a shadow on Louis’ storytelling.
As an example, there’s a scene the place Louis suspects that Lestat adopted him into the woods as a result of he noticed his muddy boots. However Daniel asks him a easy but thought-provoking query: Was it even raining that evening within the first place? This precise scene is how we, as viewers, begin to notice that even Louis could not know what elements have been actual or only a product of willful adjustments in an effort to current a extra favorable model of his personal previous.