The August 28th Leverage summer finale, “The Queen’s Gambit Job,” featured Mark Sheppard’s return as Sterling, and of course it was all because he “wants something,” as Sheppard has put it. The Leverage Examiner got a chance to talk to Mark Sheppard about his return to the show, and he answered some questions about his favorite parts of the episode and how he felt about the twist with Olivia being his daughter.
Read the first part of the Mark Sheppard interview here.
What’s your favorite episode on Leverage?
“I think the stuff with Eliot is hysterical in this episode. … [The] two characters…have very specific agenda and there are very specific rules governing the two characters and the biggest rules that govern Eliot and Sterling are first of all that Eliot never loses a fight and that Sterling never loses period. So it’s an incredibly complicated thing to have the two of them going at each other, because one way or the other, neither of them could ever actually lose. … I can’t wait for the next time that they meet, let’s put it that way. [Laughs]”
What can you say about Sterling’s return to Nate and the others’ lives?
“What is happening is that Sterling’s character is unfolding a little more and a little more for a man who is very guarded about his private life. You’re beginning to see more and more of the reasons of what drives him. I mean, as you see with his relationship with Nate, first of all, I guess we started out in season 1, you’d actually be certain they were enemies, and I think by the end of season 2, I think you probably realize they were once friends, and now, and you skip 3, but going into season 4, you’re going, you know, what brought them to their differences, what brought them together originally. It’s interesting to see why they would’ve been friends, and I think the writers are very aware of the unfolding of that relationship.”
What do you think about learning about Sterling’s family?
“I always knew that there would be the opportunity to dig a little deeper, but that’s the testament to Scott and everybody else that they really wanted to write something with a little bit more of a Sterling backstory. There’s been plans for awhile, there’s been a lot of plans for awhile. The great joke that Dean kept saying is that Sterling keeps falling upwards. You know, no matter what happens to him at the end of the season he got a new job or something spectacular is happening to him, and it’s interesting to see. This episode deals more with his slightly more human issues rather than furthering his career or the continued pursuit of fame and fortune.”
“It’s actually a big problem for Nate because Nate has been in his position. He now has to save Sterling’s kid. He’s a man who he feels is part of what is responsible for losing his child [and] is somebody whose child he has to save, and that’s always a difficult position but I think it’s made doubly difficult by the family element.”
Nate has cashed in that favor and has Sterling collecting information for him. Does this mean you’ll be back in season 4?
“Will I be back in season 4? I don’t know. You’ll have to wait and see, won’t you? My job in the world is to lie, you understand that. We’ve taken my name off the credits, we’ve done all sorts of things.”
Leverage‘s fourth season returns this winter for eight more episodes, beginning November 27. What did you think of Sterling’s return in “The Queen’s Gambit Job”?
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