Below, EW chats with Majors, the show’s hero, about Atticus’ fate, the finale’s musical interlude, and more. Warning: This article contains spoilers about Sunday’s season finale of Lovecraft Country .
In the HBO horror show’s second episode, Atticus (Jonathan Majors) was strung up and used as a sacrificial lamb in a Son of Adam ritual — and that’s where he found himself once again in the season-ender, "Full Circle." Unfortunately, though, he wasn’t as lucky this time around because Christina’s (Abbey Lee) immortality spell did indeed kill him, like the Book of Names said it would. And according to Majors, he’s actually dead.
If there’s one bright spot to come out of this tragedy, it’s that Christina’s immortality didn’t last for long. Leti ( Jurnee Smollett ) used a spell created by Atticus’ ancestor Hannah to take magic away from every white person in the world. "Magic is ours now," said Leti to Christina, who was trapped under some rubble. Then in the final moment of the episode, Diana (Jada Harris), with her pet shoggoths in tow, killed Christina using the fancy new mechanical arm her mom Hippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis) gave her.
Below, EW chats with Majors, the show’s fallen hero, about Atticus’ fate, the finale’s musical interlude, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How dead is Atticus right now? Is he really dead?
JONATHAN MAJORS: He’s dead. Yeah, he’s dead.
Did you know this is where the story was heading when you signed on?
No, I didn’t. But when I got [the script for] episode 10, we’d already been shooting for five months — we only shot for seven months — so it hit me mid-stride. I was like, “Oh…ok then…This is how it’s going to go.” So, this is a bit of a surprise to me, as it was to the audience.
How did you feel when you found out Atticus was going to die?
I was a bit heartbroken. I thought, “Aw man! Okay cool.” That reminded me of one of the things I really thought of early on playing Atticus: What is a hero? And the hero is he or she who allows their heart to break. So, I thought that’s the way it should be. It is the most organic ending to Atticus in a way. It’s interesting because I remember I thought while shooting it, “This is the episode where he’s at peace for the first time.” He’s tormented this entire time by this impending doom, this idea of death.
But yeah, it shook me up, and all of that kind of evaporated when we began shooting it because I thought, “This is the way it has to go,” because it’s all in there. At least I have a line that says, “I don’t want to die, mama,” and she says, “It is what you have to do. It is your position because of fate, because of our legacy, because of our family.” And he passes it on. It’s living in Leti. It’s living in baby George, potentially. Then, I task my father [ Michael K. Williams ] with it — of how to live better and don’t make the same mistakes we did. So he lives on, like all people do, through other people.
So you found this episode pretty satisfying then?
Yeah, from Atticus’ perspective, absolutely. Me, the actor, I go, “Aw man, f—!” [ Laughs ]. But it’s all good.
While you were shooting this episode or reading the script, was there a moment where you realized that Atticus was at peace?
In the shooting of it, I think it was the scene with his mother and she breaks it down. It’s the only time he fights it with language. He says, “There has to be another way. I don’t want to die.” Only someone from the spiritual realm can understand death and understand that and what he’s feeling. The way she broke it down, I think he understood and took that as his charge. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t nervous about it.
You know the scene in church where he’s antsy? It’s weird because I’m a man of faith — I believe in all types of things — but Atticus is not. Atticus is a humanist. He believes in people. He believes that he can do it. It’s not that he’s against a god, but it’s just that he doesn’t have a relationship to that, which is a very interesting thing. So when he’s in that church, I remember working that scene and [thinking], “I wish Leti would just say, ‘I got this.’ Like I can trust in you more than I can trust in this other thing that I’m unfamiliar with.” But the scene with his mother is when it really gets clear.
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