Perhaps the most genius part about NBC’s Timeless is the core trio that makes up our time traveling team. Each of them – Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus – each have a unique personality and perspective that lends itself to relating to the audience. You can find a little bit of yourself in at least one of these characters. It’s almost as if you’re the fourth member of the team.
The soldier of our trio, Wyatt, is a character who appears tough and fearless on the outside when on the inside he’s being torn apart due to his wife’s death four years prior. But there’s so much more to Wyatt than meets the eye other than his physical prowess. In fact, you could say he’s the wild card.
“I think he’s a big question mark in my head because he’s the guy who’s the most mission oriented who you think would carry out the mission to no end – he’ll do anything to carry the mission out,” Matt Lanter told us during a roundtable interview at NYCC.
“But at the same time I sort of feel like he’s the one who wants to change things the most – with his wife. I sort of feel like as much as he’s a ‘good soldier’ that if he had an opportunity to see his wife just one more time that he would drop it all…That’s how I see him. As a bit unpredictable in that way I think. I believe he’s an interesting character when he’s the one who has to hold up the pillar when shit hits the fan, he’s the one who has to be the strong one. But at the same time he might be the weakest one.”
One of the relationships on the show where a spark was evident from the start came between Lucy and Wyatt. And according to Lanter, that’s something that we’re going to see explored gradually through the series.
“I think that’s there,” Lanter said. “What I like about it is that it’s not anything that’s in your face…We’re only seven, eight episodes in so it’s nothing obvious yet. But I like that it’s not fast…I think that could happen.”
As for why the potential is there – other than the sizzling chemistry between Lanter and co-star Abigail Spencer – Lanter said that it comes with the close environment and really delving into each character’s vulnerabilities.
“I think also that we’re seeing each others character’s vulnerabilities and you can’t help but bond with people when their vulnerable moments are exposed,” he said. “Sometimes when there is physical attraction there, you’re both in moments of vulnerability, and of course bonds are formed. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out, but I guess we’ll see.”
Watch our full interview with Lanter below where he discusses Wyatt’s big episode in “The Alamo, the dynamics between our core trio, and more.
Timeless airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.