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Creator of RTÉ's Kin hints at gang war with international cartel in second season

Even crime boss Cunningham is afraid of 'Mr Big'

Ciaran Hinds plays Eamon Cunningham in Kin

By Jim Gallagher

Kin creator Peter McKenna has hinted a second season of the hit show could involve a brutal gang war with an international cartel.

That’s the price the Kinsella family might have to pay after Michael shot dead two of their men along with rival gangster Eamon Cunningham in the season one finale.

Michael, played by Londoner Charlie Cox, did not know that one of his targets was the son of a mysterious Mr Big who supplied Cunningham with his drugs.

Even the Dublin crime boss, played chillingly by Ciaran Hinds, was scared of this man.

“There's some closure at the end of Season 1 but there's a lot of potential and a lot of things setup with Michael when he kills Eamon Cunningham,” said McKenna.

“He kills the son of someone we don't know yet but we do know that the man he kills is the son of a very powerful person. That will have consequences.”

Writer McKenna said Michael’s fearsome jailbird father Bren could also feature in a follow-up season after his explosive appearance in the penultimate episode.

Played by Francis Magee, the bullying Bren poured scorn on brother Frank (Aidan Gillen) for dressing “like a hairdresser” and for the way he was running the family.

He refused to look after his own nephew Viking in jail saying it could damage his parole chances.

“I think that's an interesting dynamic and he brings a different energy into the family that I'd really like to explore.

“When you meet Bren, I think you get to understand Jimmy and Michael a lot more.

“They're the two sons and personalities that were brought up by this man. That's something I'd really like to explore as well.

“And, of course, what happens to Viking and Frank, all those kinds of things that we're going to do with these characters, I think there's loads of potential.

“It's very exciting. I hope we get the opportunity to do it again and explore these characters in greater depth.”

In a joint interview with Canadian entertainment website - Kin was shown in North America on AMC+ - Cox said he would love to play Michael again.

The first series highlighted his struggles to pull away from his criminal family and his enforcer past to be a good father to daughter Anna. But events kept dragging him back in.

But the actor, praised for his Dublin accent, said he would leave the storyline purely up to McKenna.

“I trust Peter so much to have those thoughts and make those decisions that I wouldn't want to put something in his mind,” said the star.

“I'd rather let the great brain go and do it himself.

“If you're going to make a second season of a television show, as one of the actors - this doesn't necessarily mean it's best for the show - but the actors in general want to see our character go on a journey, transform and do something different.

“Whether they progress or regress, either way, as a performer, that's exciting.

“The best shows are the ones where the characters are on some sort of journey.

“Sometimes it's important to have someone who is a bit stagnant because it reveals the journey the others are on with a bit more clarity.

“I don't know what that looks like but what I really loved about what we did is I love that Michael is in opposition to so much of what the family is doing.

“I'm interested in him going further in one of those directions but I don't know which one.

“Either there's more resistance and pushback in opposition to what the family are doing or he grabs the bull by the horns and says, ‘You want to go in that direction? Strap on and I'll show you how we get there!’

“One of the things I love about Michael is he recognizes Amanda's intelligence and savvy and the ability in her to run this family better than anyone else.

“He can be the fuel that fans that fire and allows it to go even further.”

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