Coming up on the 4th of April, the long time awaited Prison Break comes back to your screens, in what looks like the high adrenaline business as usual. You should expect more from Lincoln and his inked-up and once-thought-deceased brother Michael.
Ahead of the new season’s premiere, fan favourite Robert Knepper, who plays the notoriously terrible inmate-from-hell T-Bag, has been talking to THR about coming back to the show after all this time, and what we can expect from the Tbag when Prison Break: Resurrection returns next month. Knepper admits he wasn’t keen to reprise the role after he finished those final scenes years ago, but just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in.
“I heard this little voice in me saying, ‘I’m never, ever, going to play a prisoner ever again.’ And then, in my head, I saw images of Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney and I heard myself say, ‘Until the next time.’ And then I [reprised the role] on Breakout Kings, which I think is the first time a character [from Prison Break] wound up on a whole new series. When [creator] Paul Scheuring called me up for [season five] at the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Just give him something new. Just make sure we have something new.’ And he did. He gave us so much new stuff for so many of our characters, but also some of the old stuff, which was great.’
When asked about the success of the show, Knepper also hit the nail on the head in response to why people are still so keen to see the characters back on their TV screens after so long.
“On a simplistic level [Prison Break] was escapism, if you’ll pardon the pun. It was about escapism, which we all need a bit of right now.”
He’s not wrong. More as we have it.