Ravenswood is full of mysterious characters, but perhaps none as confusing as Raymond Collins (Steven Cabral) — Miranda’s uncle, Caleb’s landlord, and the town’s funeral director. What exactly is Uncle Ray up to? And is he working for Team Ghost?
Yes, He’s Trying to Maintain The Curse
So far, Raymond hasn’t seen too torn up or even affected by anything that’s gone down in this spooky, spooky town — and that includes the death of his own niece. This could easily be chalked up to nature, but the man also has a collection of dead people’s hair and the knife that might have been the weapon used in Mayor Matheson’s murder. The ghosts may be good at spooking unsuspecting teenagers off the road, but they could use a man on the inside. Ray is still alive and seems to be in-the-know about everything that goes down in Ravenswood. (If we have to hear one more vague conversation between he and Mrs. Grunwald, we’re going to throw something at the screen.) Someone has to keep The Curse active on this side of the mortal veil, and Raymond is the perfect person to cover up any questions of suspicious deaths or to answer any nosey questions. Perhaps, this is why Mayor Matheson died? Perhaps, Raymond was the one who killed him…
No, He’s Trying to Break The Curse
Though Raymond had exhibited some super spooky behavior, there has been nothing decidedly evil to pin on him. Sure, he keeps a collection of Curse-related hair, but that could just as easily be used for good as evil, we suppose. Uncle Ray’s storyline would be much more interesting, in our opinions, if he wasn’t working to maintain The Curse, but to break it. Perhaps, he is keeping all of those hair samples in the hopes of bringing these people back. It would certainly explain why he was relatively emotionless over the death of his niece: he believes he can bring her back. He believes he can bring all of them back.
He’s somewhere in-between
Few — if any — people are all good or all evil. Regardless of where Raymond falls on the spectrum, one thing is for sure: he’s been a terrible uncle. (Though, he’s doing a somewhat better job keeping Caleb fed and sheltered.) There’s always a chance that Raymond’s hair collection, sharp knives, and penchant for secrecy has nothing to do with maintaining or breaking The Curse. Maybe, he’s just documenting it, keeping a creepy record of the town’s supernatural dealings. (Hey, everyone needs a hobby!) This doesn’t make him a hero, but it doesn’t make him a villain, either.
Brett Dier. Does that name sound familiar? It should, since he stars in the new ABC Family supernatural thriller ‘Ravenswood,’ which is constantly scaring (some would even say scarring) fans and causing them to question what’s real and what isn’t in the creepy town of Ravenswood.
Well, today during a conference call, BTVGuide had the chance to speak with Dier about his role as Luke Matheson, the skeptic tough guy who’s willing to do anything to protect his twin sister, Olivia (Merritt Patterson), and the love of his life, Remy (Britne Oldford).
Speaking of Remy, the last time we saw the lovebirds they were on the outs, and mostly thanks to Luke kissing Tess (Haley Lu Richardson).
For Remy and Luke shippers, Dier told reporters during the second half of the season “They’re [Remy and Luke] definitely figuring things out and they’re a lot better than how they were. There’s still, obviously, a little bit of issues, but, no, they’re working things out.”
That’s some good news, and regarding Luke’s other bond, with his twin sister, Dier also touched on their relationship. Olivia and Luke’s bond will develop over upcoming episodes and as Dier put it, “Well it definitely gets a lot shakier in the next five episodes. Lots of drama, especially between Olivia and Luke and the mom and Collins and all that kind of stuff, so Luke and Olivia work together on that. They’ve had some kerfuffles, but you can definitely see their bond get a lot stronger through that, especially this one scene, which I can’t say, but it’s really intense.
“Me and Merritt were like…it was a scene where we had to get super depressed, so we were depressed for like six hours on set to get into the mindset of the scene. And that scene you definitely see Luke and Olivia bond. It’s a really cool scene [in Episode 10, the season finale].”
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In the fall finale of Ravenswood, we learned that Olivia’s seemingly loving boyfriend, Dillon (Luke Benward), is working with ghost girl Max and the other spirits trying to kill The Five. How could he?! We speculate below…
His Life Is In Danger
According to Luke Benward, aka the actor behind the role, we’re going to “dive a little deeper into the character of Dillon and why he’s evil” when Ravenswood returns in January. He claims: “[Dillon]‘s honestly just trying to survive … He’s scared just like everyone else is.” This makes us think that Dillon’s reasons for helping the ghosts might be nothing more complicated than they have threatened his life. Kind of a weak move, but we’re not sure how long we would hold up if a gang of homicidal ghosts starting sending death threats.
The Life of Someone he Loves Is in Danger
A somewhat more heroic spin on that speculation that Dillon is just straight-up afraid of what the Ravenswood ghosts might do if he doesn’t cooperate is that he’s not afraid for his own life so much as the life of someone he cares about. We don’t know much about Dillon’s backstory — does he have a family? — but we’re sure there are people other than Olivia he cares about. Might they be under the ghosts’ watchful eye? Perhaps, the loved one in question is even a ghost him or herself. We know that the ghosts seem to have some turf wars on the Other Side. Is Dillon trying to keep one of his ghost-loved ones safe? Is this too convoluted — even for this show?
He’s Trying to Save Olivia
We do know that Dillon loves Olivia, which means that she might be the loved one he is trying save. Perhaps, he knows about The Curse and is playing double agent to try to figure out a way to get Olivia out of it — perhaps, he is even the one responsible for Olivia, Luke, Caleb, and Remy not dying in the same crash that took Miranda’s life. The Five have questioned why four of them survived the accident that was supposed to take all of their lives — perhaps, Dillon is the one they have to thank.
Word on the street is that Dillon has “a connection to the past.” Sounds curse-related to us, and certainly explains why he is able to interact with ghosts like Max when few other Ravenswood residents seem able to. Could Luke have been born into some kind of duty to carry on the curse? Perhaps, one of his ancestors was saved by it and he now has some sort of duty to protect it. There have to be dozens of children born to soldiers who should have died when they went away to war, but who were saved by The Curse. Is it in their best interest for The Curse to keep going? Perhaps, if it stops, so does their never-meant-to-be lives? Talk about incentive for a town-wide conspiracy!
There’s so much we don’t know about The Curse that has sentenced our five favorite Ravenswood teenagers to untimely deaths — but that’s set to change in the show’s winter premiere (Season 1, Episode 6: “Revival”). Apparently, we’ll be getting some much-anticipated clues about the infamous curse, and E! Online has a sneak peek at some of the craziest details…
The news outlet is teasing three curse-related reveals:
Original Caleb and Original Miranda were totally there when the cursing went down— aka when the town decided to sacrifice some teens for the lives of its soldiers. Unfortunately — spoiler! — the Originals couldn’t do anything to stop it.
The ceremony in question? “Both extremely creepy and chilling.” Sounds about right for this town.
Finally, we learn that not every Ravenswood resident was gung-ho about the curse being cast. In fact, there were “two very important (and very familiar!) descendants [who] were instrumental in creating the fatal arrangement.” Yikes!
Sounds like we’ll be getting a crazy flashback in the winter premiere! Good, because we feel like we’ve been flying blind for a while with this spirit-heavy supernatural drama. Show’s got some ‘splaining to do. We’re not surprised that Original Miranda and Original Caleb were there at the onset — how many people could have lived in this small Pennsylvania town in 1918? — but we’re intrigued by the news of some enforcement by familiar descendants. Might this be related to whatever shenanigans Raymond Collins and Mrs. Grunwald have been up to? There two engage in an awful lot of hair-snipping and vague-conversationing. We’re officially suspicious…
We’re still giving Ravenswood props for killing off one of its main characters in the second episode, but will Miranda Collins (Nicole Gale Anderson) stay dead? We think there’s a chance, especially considering the title of the Ravenswood winter premiere (Season 1, Episode 6: “Revival”). Is Miranda getting “revived”?
Yes, Miranda is coming back to life
Even since Miranda kicked it in Season 1, Episode 2 (“Death and the Maiden”), we’ve thought there’s a decent chance this savvy teen might find a way back to the living, and the winter premiere could be her chance. According to the official synopsis, “Fresh off his trip to Rosewood, Caleb struggles to deal with the aftermath of his brief time with Miranda on the other side.” Could part of that struggle be a determination to find a way for Miranda to come back? It seems a little far-fetched, but our Caleb is a determined sort. As for Miranda’s part in the episode, it seems she will be devoting much of her time to haunting Mrs. Grunwald. Sounds like a good plan to us. If anyone knows what’s going on in Ravenswood, it’s the pale-eyed housekeeper of Mr. Collins. Will Mrs. G. reveal a loophole in the Ravenswood Curse? Perhaps, a way to bring Miranda back from the other side?
No, the revival is less literal
On the other hand, “revival” has meanings outside of a literal definition of someone coming back from a dead or near-dead state. It could refer to the revival of the show itself from hiatus, or perhaps a revival of these teenager’s search for the truth. Or, most likely, the revival Caleb experienced in the fall finale that brought him back from death. There’s also Remy to consider. Ravenswood’s very own Nancy Drew will be exploring the power of her dreams in the winter premiere. According to the synopsis, “Remy realizes her dreams may be the best clue they have into understanding the pact, but she unwittingly attracts something that is determined to make sure Remy doesn’t wake up.” Yikes! Sounds like everyone of the Ravenswood Five could do with a revival. (Olivia’s needed in the form of a realization that her boyfriend, Dillon, is Team Ghost.)
No, but she will be resurrected eventually
Unfortunately, we don’t think it’s very likely that Miranda will be brought back after only a half-season, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have hope for her corporeal self. In the fall finale, we learnt that two Ravenswood residents sacrificed themselves in 1919 so that they might bring break the Curse and bring Original Miranda and Original Caleb back to life. The Five think they may have succeeded in our Miranda and Caleb, aka doppelgangers of the Original Miranda and Caleb who died almost one hundred years ago. But how broken is the Curse? Because Olivia, Remy, Luke, and Caleb survived (for now), will they be able to bring Miranda back? Furthermore, could someone perform a similar suicide sacrifice pulled back-in-the-day to bring our Miranda back to life (preferably actual Miranda and not another doppelganger)? We think Raymond Collins might be up to something like this. And we know he cares about his niece, even if he doesn’t demonstrate that affection in the traditional ways.
I’ve added stills from all the episodes of Ravenswood, including the next episode which airs January 7 entitled “Revival” to our gallery. That’s not all though! I’ve added additional stills from the pilot episode, set one of the promotional cast photos as well as a second set that was recently released. Head to the gallery to check them out.
The 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family may have just begun but fans of the network’s popular series are impatiently waiting for the return of their favorite shows.
ABC Family has just released the January programming and it features the return of some of our favorite shows! Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, The Fosters, and Switched at Birth will all be returning with their Winter Premiere episodes.
Ravenswood will be wrapping up its first season this Winter and the episode descriptions give us an idea of what to expect when the show returns.
Tuesday, January 7L Revival
Caleb struggles in the aftermath of his time on the other side. Remy learns her dreams may offer clues into understanding the pact, but something is determined to keep her from learning anything new. And an unknown force threatens Miranda.
Tuesday, January 14: “Home Is Where the Heart Is (Seriously Check the Floorboards)
Remy continues to deal with the effects of her dreams, and Caleb’s father decides to pay him a visit. And an ominous discovery is made at Luke and Olivia’s house.
Tuesday, January 21: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”
Remy seeks help at a sleep clinic, but learns it may be the least safe place for her to be. And Miranda discovers new consequences for leaving the Collins’ house.
Tuesday, January 28: “Along Came a Spider”
An arrest is made in the murder of Luke and Olivia’s father. And Caleb starts high school in Ravenswood.
At the end of Ravenswood’s mid-season finale (Season 1, Episode 5: “Scared to Death”), we discovered Olivia’s boyfriend Dillon was up to no good with evil ghost girl Max. But what exactly are they up to?
TVLine recently chatted with executive producer Oliver Goldstick about Dilllon’s mysterious motives, and he shed some light on the enigmatic Ravenswood resident. “You’ll find out why he talks to that little girl — he’s got a good reason, too,” he said. “He is a mortal, he’s not an evil being. But he basically has access to something else and you’ll find out why.”
He obviously has access to the Other Side, right? How else would he be able to communicate with Max? We know Dillon has a “connection to the past,” so it’s possible that he had a past life similar to Caleb and Miranda’s.
While we’re not sure what Dillon’s motives are — is he trying to make sure the curse goes according to plan? — we do know that he’ll be getting closer to Olivia when Season 1 returns in January 2014. Perhaps Dillon knows the truth about what happened to Luke and Olivia’s father. According to Oliver, “the legacy of the curse, where it comes from, how it’s going to impact their lives now and what happened to Luke and Olivia’s father because of it” will be the focus of the winter season.