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Too much to tell

"Too much to tell" Continued...

Issue: "Ready or not, here we go," March 28, 2009

I'd also add that because we're telling a longer story we can develop over many episodes, I wanted to start the character in a place he can grow from. One of the challenges I set for myself with this show was to have characters that do not revert at episode's end back to the same people they were at the beginning, so that people could grow and change over time. In inventing David Shepherd as opposed to David the son of Jesse the Benjaminite, I wanted to make sure he was a character that was at the beginning of a hopefully long journey.

WORLD: OK, but to get specific, in the pilot you have a David who in essence surrenders, pleading with the enemy for an end to the war. You didn't see that as a departure from Samuel?

GREEN: Well I think "departure" is a fair word to use for that instance. I don't know how large of a departure though, because there are writings attributed to David in the Bible that are very peace-seeking and poetical. So I would say we've included some inventions, yes, but they are inventions that represent other aspects of the historical David.

WORLD: Another of the more controversial elements of the show was the choice to make the Jack/Jonathan character gay. Can you talk a little bit about what led you to that decision and what you think it brings to the show?

GREEN: I don't think it is controversial. The goal of the show was to take the story of David and make it contemporary. So I wanted anything that exists in our world to exist in the world of Kings. And people of all sorts exist in our world, and they make for a good story.

WORLD: Fair enough, but how do you think the Christian community will respond to that interpretation of Jonathan?

GREEN: That depends on how you define Christian community. Most of them we have heard from so far have been extremely positive about it. But I know that there are some people who think that any representation of any gay character on any network or cable show is wrong. And anyone who thinks that a gay character is not welcome on television is perfectly welcome not to watch my show.

WORLD: How about those who are going to watch it? What can Christian viewers expect as Kings progresses? Are there elements you are hoping will resonate with them?

GREEN: I think they can expect to be surprised as they go. I think whatever expectations they have of what will happen based on the story they know may not be what happens here. This show is designed both for those who are spiritually minded and those who are not spiritually minded. There is an element of magical realism in the show, but we were very careful that those elements were not defined for the audience as necessarily divine. Some people will see the miraculous events that happen to David and see God's hand in his life; other people will see them and think he has uncanny luck. It's not for me to say which is true and which is not.

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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