The way I played it, I don't think he'll ever be able to completely forget about Karen. There are a couple of different things that are brought up throughout the season. Whether it's my brother mentioning it, just an innocent bystander who happens to say something, Maggie herself saying something. It's still a touchy subject for him, because with the way that Karen was taken, it was right in front of Hal. He's just been knocked out by the mech, and he was coming to as they were dragging her away. I feel like he feels an incredible amount of guilt about that, that she was taken right in front of him and he couldn't do anything to stop it. I think that's something that's going to haunt Hal for a long time. But Karen is always going to be on his mind.

Did he see her at the end of season harnessed when she was bringing the messages and everything?
Yeah he did. He saw her, I think it was in the seventh hour, when we were in the little room with the crazy old lady ... The first time we see the overlord through the peephole Karen's with him and Hal tries to go to the door and they stop him. That's when they see that the overlord was out there and it actually would have been a very bad decision to have let Karen in. He's fully aware of what all is going on with Karen. But I think he still has a little flicker of hope that some day they can find her, and de-harness her and all will be well.

You have a new showrunner with Remi Aubuchon. Do you feel like the tone changed?
I think when you change a showrunner like that you're really taking a big gamble as far as what's going to happen. But in this situation I think it was a fantastic choice. Everything that was going wrong in the first season, and I never felt it was predictable in any regard, but there toward the end I think some people might have had some ideas of, "OK maybe this is going to happen in the next season. Maybe that's going to happen." But it's all flipped up on its head, because you have this whole new team of writers who have come in and we're really elaborating upon what these aliens are here for and why they're harnessing the kid, and what that means, and what that's going to do to maybe tell that story line. We're basically the right on a dog leg. It's a whole new direction.

One of my favorite parts of these new guys is the darker, grittier side that they've taken the show. ... You see some things that are going to make you cringe. There are some creepy things going on. There are these new aliens that we're finding things out about them, and the tactics that they use. It's just very dark. I never felt like it was glossed over or cute, but this year it is dark, gritty, more action. I think it's pretty much everything that any fan I've ever talked to, the things that they wanted to see happen, we're taking it in that direction.

Were you a fan of the sci-fi genre?
Science fiction, I'm the kind of guy that will watch [it]. Whatever I'm watching it's because of good story, or I've heard that it's an interesting story. I don't watch something just because it's a specific genre. I felt the way they did "District 9" was just fantastic, so I thoroughly enjoyed that. Just because you throw some aliens in a movie doesn't mean I'll watch it. Too often that's the crutch for a bad script; just because [they say], "All right, we're going to throw an alien in there, and now it's science fiction. We have some science fiction fans that are going to come watch it." I've never held myself to one genre. But yeah, I'm happy to be on this show.

How's it been working with Noah and all the other veterans?
Oh yeah it's a blessing for a young actor like myself. There are things that you pick up, whether it's acting things or just how to handle yourself on set. I feel like that's what I get the most out of, is just seeing the professionalism among these guys and girls, and how they deal with things. How generous they are. We're quite blessed with the fact that we don't have any wild diva stories on the set. Everybody shows up, knows their lines. Not only knows their lines, but is prepared to deliver them to the best of their abilities. So it's really set the bar high for me as far as how you handle yourself on set.

You moved to L.A. from Alabama and into a house with five friends?
That's true. We moved out right after high school. They were all in a band ... We move out here and we actually had two one-bedroom apartments. So there were three of us in each one. So in the bedroom we had three beds. We had a bed on every wall, and then the other wall would be the closet. We were really getting our dorm/college life in right in the middle of Hollywood. It was the best times of my life. I wouldn't want to live like that anymore, but every time you'd open that door to come home you had no idea what was going to be going on on the other side. It was always some sort of party or some crazy stuff, or somebody daring somebody to do something. It was pretty fantastic.

Did you just move out and start auditioning and everything?
Yeah, well I moved out because I had met this manager in Atlanta. I was over in Atlanta for just a second before I went to college. He talked me into moving out to Hollywood. Like I said, I came up with this brilliant idea that, "Yeah, I can do that!" So I did do it and quickly learned that I was way in over my head. I needed to start buckling down and learning what it was I was doing.

I'm the kind of guy that once I decide I'm going to do something I have a hard time just giving up on it without giving it a fair shot. I told myself, "OK, one year and we'll reassess." Well the one year comes and I was like, "You can't know anything at one year. I'm going to need two years and in two years I'm going to reassess.'" Well that happened and the same thing. "OK, I need three years."

So I got to about the five-year mark and I decide, "Well, I might have made a bad decision." All my buddies had moved home at this point. I'm still out here. I'm valeting. That was my day job, and acting has not found me. I probably needed to hang it up and go home at that point, but my pride was too big. I just couldn't up my fail and go back. So I stuck with it and kept getting into classes. I was in two or three classes a week and buckling down.

Then luck just happened to cross at the right time and I started booking jobs. ... I was prepared for this audition. I'm sure the people that they originally wanted couldn't do it, and that was my chance, and I got fortunate booking this show.

Want to give your pitch about the season?
I think the pitch of the season is, if you liked the first season we have more action, more creepiness with the aliens, and more of their mythology coming at you from the get-go and it doesn't stop until the final seconds, and then it's just going to leave you even more impressed with where this thing's going.