‘Pose’s Dyllón Burnside Reveals He ‘Mourned’ For Ricky After Heartbreaking HIV Diagnosis

As Pose's Season 2 came to an end, Dyllón Burnside is reflecting on Ricky's pivotal moments this season.

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Dyllón Burnside‘s Ricky Wintour (formerly Evangelista) endured great change, struggle and love this season on Pose. After being diagnosed with HIV in the midst of the epidemic raging in the ’80s and ’90s, Dyllón admitted that he was “caught off guard” but “sensed things were going in that direction.” “You start to gain a certain amount of empathy for your character. I’ve been playing Ricky for the past couple years and now, I feel like I know him really well, and I spend a lot of time with him. To think about what that diagnosis means for him at this particular point in his life, and at this particular point in history, what the implications of that diagnosis are, it was really sad for me and I felt really sad for him,” Dyllón explained in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife.

“I mourned for him. I mourned for the fear that he would experience. I mourned for the questions that he will have that will go unanswered. I mourned for the people who would judge him, for the lovers he wouldn’t get to know,” the actor continued. “I mourned for the years on his life that may be sacrificed. I mourned for all of that.” Ricky’s diagnosis ultimately led him into the arms of Pray Tell [Billy Porter], who acts as a mentor to many of the House of Evangelista members, but the two found something more intimate between them.

While the relationship was surprising to Ricky’s fellow housemates and Pose fans, Dyllón believed the romance “makes so much sense.” “I think the romance that sort of ensues is just a natural extension of Pray Tell being there for him in this really vulnerable time,” he explained. “What we see is Ricky really being drawn to someone showing a certain amount of emotional support, which is something that I think he really longs for — something that I think he has really been seeking in his journey into adulthood.”

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Pose has documented Ricky’s on-again, off-again, but loving relationship with Damon, and their future was certainly left hanging in the season finale. However, the futures of most of the Pose characters were left in limbo in the finale episode of season 2. While Dyllón agreed that Ricky and Damon love each other, he added that “your first love doesn’t always last.” “At some point, things shift, people evolve and grow,” he said of the relationship. We’ll have to wait until season 3 of Pose to see what the future holds for our favorite characters!

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