Carrie won’t be the only one falling in love this season! Brendan Dooling, who plays Carrie’s amazing best friend Walt, talked to HollywoodLife.com exclusively and revealed that we should expect QUITE the romance between his character and Bennett.
On Friday, Oct. 25, The Carrie Diaries returns to The CW and Brendan Dooling let me know that fans will definitely not be disappointed. With Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort) joining the crew, this season will have a ton of adventures, humor and of course, romances! Additionally, he let us know the scoop on when we’d see the one and only — Stanford Blatch!
Walt & Bennett: A Love Story Unfolds
“Love lives are something that the writer, Amy Harris, takes very seriously and want to show all the Carrie-ers out there,” he said of Walt and Bennett (Jake Robinson)’s romance. “They want to portray that love life — that time in Walt’s life, as honestly as possible. Everybody responded to Walt and Bennett’s relationship in season one so wonderfully, that there was no doubt that Bennett would be back.”
In case you need a refresher, season one ended in a Bennet-Walt kiss that left Walt only wanting more — however, Bennett decided that they needed to wait until the end of the summer since Walt was still only 17. Well, the summer is almost over, so will they be starting a romance?
“They jump right into it!” Brendan told me! Yay! “They didn’t want to keep the audience waiting too long! I don’t think people will be too disappointed. We touch on some major emotional and dramatic points regarding the time, and I think Amy Harris does a fantastic job of writing it honestly, true to the time.”
Keep reading for the rest of my interview!
When will we meet Stanford Blatch?
You know that was a big name drop in the end of season one, but thats going to be one of the tantalizing qualities of season two — you know, when is Standford coming? You know, we introduce Samantha pretty early and I think just having that question in the audience’s mind is just enticing them to watch even more. We’ve shot almost the whole season, it’s gone by so fast, and we have yet to meet Stanford.
We know we see Samantha in the premiere — how do you like her?
Samantha is a whirlwind in people’s lives. I think she considers herself a bit of a whirlwind, and just you know, a domino effect, and Walt and Carrie happen to be at the end of it!
Season one ended with you and Carrie heading to NY and leaving Maggie out in the cold. Can we please see a reunion at the diner this season?
The diner! We shot so many scenes there season one! Well nobody — neither Carrie nor Walt wants to shut Maggie out. Both of them have known Maggie the majority of their lives, and really care about her and she cares about them. I know that she didn’t show it very well at the end of season one, but Maggie does care. Nobody wants to burn any bridges, it just took a matter of time [to get over it]. How are people going to respond to each other? How long is it going to take to mend that hardship that everybody goes through? It’s definitely a major plot point. Will Maggie and the gang find that harmony again?
At the end of season one, we see that that core four — Carrie, Mouse, Maggie and Walt — that really doesn’t exist anymore. So there are new, I don’t want to say cliques because they’re not really shutting each other out, it’s just the evolution of relationships after unfortunate circumstances. Everybody bonds with somebody new, it seems like. Different friendships form. It’s in no way exclusionary — it’s just how it happens!
Is it hard making the transition from Brendon to Walt?
It’s a challenge! A challenge in your job makes it more interesting, more fun. I certainly don’t mind it at all. Working with Jake Robinson is fantastic — he’s a really great guy. Everybody — the audience, the cast, everybody — really cares about Walt’s story line and it’s a privilege to play it.
Tune in to The CW on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 PM EST to see the amazing (yes, I’ve already seen) premiere of The Carrie Diaries!
— Emily Longeretta