‘Into the Badlands’ Star Orla Brady on Quinn’s Mental State: ‘He’s Becoming Unpredictable’

“In a way, a dying person is like a dying wasp … they sting, they’re more volatile,” Brady tells TheWrap

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not seen last week’s episode of “Into the Badlands”)

“Into the Badlands” star Orla Brady, who plays the Baroness Lydia, says that her onscreen husband Quinn (Marton Csokas) is even more dangerous now that he is dying.

“In a way, a dying person is like a dying wasp. They sting. They’re more volatile,” Brady told TheWrap. “And there’s something about him that’s more volatile. He’s becoming unpredictable.”

That unpredictability may come back to sting Lydia, as Brady says that if Quinn loses control, everyone close to him is at risk. “This is not a civilized society where everyone takes a nice vote. This is bloodbath time. People seize power … So his weakness is a great danger to her.”

In last week’s episode, Lydia shared a tense scene with her son, Ryder (Oliver Stark). She comes to the realization, which she shares matter-of-factly with him, that he is not cut out to be a Baron like his father.

“I think it is very painful for her to realize that her boy doesn’t have what it takes,” Brady said. “Her argument for years with Quinn was ‘give him a chance and he’ll show you. You’re not giving him a chance.’ And then finally when Quinn does, Ryder cocks it up extraordinarily and barely escapes with his life.”

And Brady says that while we have not seen her character engage in the show’s high-octane martial arts action, fans may get a taste of her abilities in a future episode.

“There may be something we discover about Lydia from her past and her ability to fight,” she said. “We may get a hint of it by the end of the season of where she’s from and the fact that there may be something latent there.”

“Into the Badlands” airs Sundays on AMC at 10 p.m.