Snowfall’s Damson Idris on Franklin’s gangster Flex in the season four finale: I felt like I scored 70 points for the Lakers.
Warning: This post contains spoilers from Wednesday Snowfall Season 4 finale.
We need to talk about this snowfall.
Or is striving the better word? Either way, a wounded and vulnerable Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) hobbling through season four put on his cane and pain in the season four finale on Wednesday, saying goodbye to Melody and all the grief in his past before he went from the screen to Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman”. And it was a moment.
First, Franklin flew all the way to Odessa, Texas to see Mel and deliver the news of Irene’s death. A death for which Mel is indirectly responsible – at least in Franklin’s eyes.
“I’m not mad at you for shooting me,” he said menacingly. “I know you got fucked on that pipe. And in the end I came out stronger. So I wanted to leave sleeping dogs lying around. But then you decided to go behind my back and talk about my business and create a whole storm of problems for me and mine and I can’t have that. “
“I can’t lie in bed at night knowing that at any moment my future may be blown up by my past,” added Franklin. “So if you want to tell me something, something that you want to take off your little breast, please say it now. Because after that I promise you, I promise you, there are no more chances. “
A tearful Mel then asked Franklin to tell her that he killed her father Andre so she would know she wasn’t crazy, but Franklin refused to give Melody the satisfaction. Instead, he told her to take care of herself, walked away and stopped as if he had changed his mind about the killing but didn’t. Instead, Franklin hooked his cane on the back of a chair and sauntered off calmly and confidently, so even The Usual Suspects’ screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie would be proud.
“That Keyser Soze moment was really special,” Idris told TVLine. “It was something we had been preparing for throughout the season. The biggest thing for the audience was, “When do we get back to Franklin who is fine?”
“He’s so vulnerable,” continues Idris. “It created a great feeling of tension. And Franklin knew that too. Getting to that final moment with Melody is almost like the job is done. And he no longer needs anyone who sees him as vulnerable. He no longer has to be 10 steps ahead. Now all he can do is concentrate on business. And at that moment he realizes that the circle has come full circle. So it was special to put this stick down. “
Idris says the day director Carl Seaton shot the final scene, everyone on the set had the actor’s back and cheered.
“The fantastic Carl Seaton and everyone were there and I did it,” says Idris with a smile. “I walked away and when I got back in the room it was like I got 70 points for the Lakers. It was just a special moment. It confirmed how far Franklin has come this season. And despite all doubts, he was able to come out strong in the end. “
Seaton, Idris, and Reign Edwards, who plays Melody, shot the scene in a dozen different ways, Idris admits. But the scene we saw in the end was the best. It wasn’t the funniest, however.
“In one take, I walked away as a joke like Wesley Snipes in Coming 2 America,” Idris admits with a chuckle. “We couldn’t stop laughing.”
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