Brandon Scott Jones Opens Up About Isaac’s Breakthrough Love

Thursday’s “Ghosts” finale featured a nearly 250-year-old romantic revelation.

As haunted heirs to the estate Samantha (Rose McIver) and her husband Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) prepared their spirit-filled pile for their bed and breakfast guests in CBS’ hit freshman comedy, old emotions swirled around. been dug up.

The ghost of fan-favorite militiaman Captain Isaac Higgintoot (Brandon Scott Jones) has finally expressed his feelings for his old Revolutionary War rival, Lt. Col. Nigel Chessum (John Hartman).

It was a restrained emotional skirmish in which only mutual “I love you”s were exchanged. But the tender words before the misfit spirits of paranormal comedy carried the power and ended a season of missed opportunities for affection.

“(Isaac) has been in the closet for 250 years,” says Jones, 37, who identifies as queer. “So this coming out experience has been so explosive for him. What’s really interesting is that this kind of story is usually only for young people – the idea of ​​identity and finding out who you are. But all this happens to someone 300 years old.”

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Isaac’s paranormal issues and quirky collection of souls that haunt the house have proven popular, making ‘Ghosts’, adapted from a British series, TV’s highest-rated new comedy, on average. 8.3 million viewers in the week following each new episode.

CBS signed on for a second season in January to follow Isaac and other specters – including scout leader Pete (Richie Moriarty), viking Thorfinn (Devan Chandler Long), Native American Sasappis (Román Zaragoza) and Victorian era Hetty Woodstone (Rebecca Wisocky), the original owner.

“This show resonates at a very divisive time in American history,” says director producer Joe Port. “It shows this disparate group of people, who didn’t know each other in real life, being forced together in this afterlife. On our show, there’s more that unites us than divides us.”

John Hartman as British Officer Nigel Chessum and Brandon Scott Jones as American Isaac in the season finale of

It has been done clear in the season-long romance between American soldier Isaac and Britain’s Nigel, who form a friendship despite their belligerent sides and worldviews – not to mention the mid-season reveal that Isaac accidentally had killed Nigel while admiring him through his newly invented riflescope. (Isaac later died of dysentery).

With each episode, Isaac came to the realization “that he’s definitely gay and the cracks are starting to show, he can’t maintain that facade,” Jones said. Isaac slipped up and said “I love you” to Nigel before pretending to have said something different in Episode 8. In Episode 15, Isaac came to Hetty to explain why he didn’t want to. make fun of her.

Jones says there was a lot of collaboration with Port and executive producer Joe Wiseman during the final moment with Nigel, discussing whether to make a grander statement than “I like you.”

“There was going to be a relationship proclamation like ‘I love you’ or ‘he’s my boyfriend’. But the more we talked about it, the more we felt he was so reserved, go for a genuine reward,” a said Jones. “A real kiss would almost blow Isaac’s mind. We could spend an entire season around him kissing a man.”

Jones thinks the final scene is “really funny and subversive” while also making an important statement about a popular family comedy.

The ghosts await the first guests of the bed and breakfast.  Pictured (LR): Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Asher Grodman as Trevor, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis and Danielle Pinnock as Alberta.

“I’m aware that we’re doing a 21-minute episode with commercials, so there’s only so many stories we can actually tell,” he says. “But a character grappling with this from a different perspective is so, so important.”

It’s even more valuable in the “socio-political climate around the LGBT community,” with legislation “preventing people from being able to fully express who they are,” Jones says.

Isaac and Nigel’s final moment was cut short by the ringing of a doorbell by another breakthrough: Sam and Jay welcomed their first bed and breakfast guests after numerous setbacks.

Next season promises a new chapter for visiting clients and the budding relationship.

“We really want to see what Isaac and Nigel look like in a relationship and see where that takes us,” producer Wiseman says, “We’re working on it now.”

John Hartman as Nigel Chessum.

Jones is confident that the two partners will make at least one good comedy.

“The fact that I killed him – he can always hang that over Isaac’s head,” Jones says. “But watching two outdated people with such opposing policies and worldviews is going to be very funny.”

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