The second season of Netflix’s “The Order” ended with a cliffhanger that leaves Alyssa’s fate up in the air.
Whether she is dead or not, we will have to wait until the third season for everyone to find out. Jack also did not take this well since they were trying to work out their relationship during this season. Jake Manley, who plays Jack Morton, gives an interesting insight on the fate of Alyssa as he breaks down that scene along with what he believes will happen on season three of The Order.
The Knockturnal: Before we get started since you are from Canada, what are some places you recommend for anyone who would like to visit Canada?
Jake Manley: I’d say it’s got to be Vancouver. Vancouver in the summer is one of the most incredible places because they have the mountains, they have the lakes, and like all the outdoor activity. It’s a beautiful landscape. But Toronto and Montreal are great too. If you really like cool cities, then these are the places to go to. Like, the cities are so diverse and you can get the best food ever, too. There’s tons of cool things to see and do so that’s kind of like the order I would rank things for Canada.
The Knockturnal: I would love to visit there one day because I have never been to Canada before.
Jake Manley: You would totally love it. The mountains over there are so breathtaking, too.
The Knockturnal: What was your reaction to Alyssa’s death scene when you and Sarah first saw it in the script?
Jake Manley: Well, before we saw the script, Dennis Heaton the showrunner and creator, who’s also the head writer, he kind of pulled Sarah and I aside and just told us what was happening and had debriefed us. It was definitely surprising. But I know in the world of The Order, anything is possible. So it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of Alyssa for sure. I don’t see that as a possibility. But I thought it was like a really interesting turn. I didn’t know how it was going to happen or what was going to exactly go down. But I kind of like those shock moments. And then like we had in season one, I did something big that got the fans kind of talking and really like invested in it. So that’s interesting choice.
The Knockturnal: When you, Sarah, and Katherine were on the set for the filming day of her death scene, were there any other cast members that day to see it as well, or did they find out as we all did, too?
Jake Manley: It was only us from what I remembered. Everyone that was just there for the scene. I remember being at the end of a long day like we shoot so many things in a day. There might have been like a few other actors hanging around, finishing up the day because it was a 15 hour day for that scene. So we’re already exhausted and it’s such a heavy scene too to play that was so dramatic. It was crazy just to even see the makeup and everything. It makes it so visceral and real.
The Knockturnal: I asked Louriza Tronco last week if she preferred you as a blonde or brunette. She said that she likes both. Do you prefer Jack as a blonde or brunette?
Jake Manley: I’m kind of indifferent. I like the blond hair. But the blonde hair was originally for a movie I did right before we started shooting the third season. And then they just decided that it looked interesting and they wrote it in. It was never a plan to be in the order. So I don’t know. I’m indifferent, but I think it’s cool. And I love how they kind of worked it into this story. Maybe next season, my hair can be pink, or green or even blue and we will just keep changing Jack’s hair.
The Knockturnal: Speaking about the next season, without giving too much away, what are some ideas or story plots that you would like to see happen for the next season when filming begins after this pandemic? And what do you miss the most about being around the cast?
Jake Manley: I can’t wait to work again with the cast and crew. They are such amazing people, and we just have so much fun every day. And I think that’s like reflective of the work we put out. When you’re in a better mood, you work better, and then you make a better product. So I would just love to collaborate with everyone again. And I have no idea. Kind of like where this would go. I have like my own kind of ideas. And, you know, I think the focus for Jack is like bringing Alissa back if it’s possible and hopefully he’ll do whatever it takes to do that. So I think that’s a good, interesting thing to explore. But I’m sure Dennis and Shelly have really amazing ideas of where to take the whole thing.
The Knockturnal: I was curious since the first season so I will ask you right now. Were all of you shown the concept art of what the werewolves would look like before they were digitally enhanced?
Jake Manley: No there was no concept art that we have seen. As we started filming, the special effects guys are like around all the time. This year is different because they did film on motion capture. So there is an actor in motion capture that specializes in that. And then, they are kind of showing us renderings of what it was going to look like. Which I think has ended up so much better. Season one, they tried to do like a mix between a practical werewolf, which was really cool. But I just think this year it’s just like it’s so much better. Like it looks great. So I’m really happy that they did that.
The Knockturnal: I think I will have to go back to season one to compare the werewolves to season two!
Jake Manley: Yeah, definitely. Go back and compare the two. But I mean, they’re always pretty good. Our whole thing is we didn’t want to show them too much because then it gets less scary, like especially in season one. So I think they really try to put a limit on like how much you actually see it.
The Knockturnal: Some actors like watching their own scenes, and some actors do not like watching their own scenes. Do you like watching your own scenes whether if it is The Order or other shows and movies you have been part of?
Jake: It’s kind of like a love-hate relationship. Some of it can be kind of cringeworthy, and some of it is awesome to watch. But ultimately, I think it’s important and it gets easier and easier. And I kind of just resigned myself to being like ‘well, there’s nothing I can really change about that scene there’. And half the time, you’re overthinking looking at things that no one else is gonna be looking at. So I don’t mind it. I just like to have fun with everyone!