July 10, 2012
By: Meredith Jacobs
“Leverage” season 5 premieres on July 15 with “The (Very) Big Bird Job,” and this new season will see some changes, one of which is the move to Portland. The Leverage Examiner talked to Beth Riesgraf(everyone’s favorite thief Parker) Tuesday about the new season, and she previewed another change.
“This season, you’ll see that Parker and Hardison have started dating, and they sort of announce that, and you’ll get to see great moments between the two. I think fans have been very patient, and it’s been a long time coming. So, I’m happy to say they’ve decided to date and people will be amused and sort of touched by some of the moments that those two have together.”
Parker and Hardison have been dancing around each other for years now on “Leverage,” and finally, season 5 is when that will stop. However, just because they’re together doesn’t mean that things will change completely, and Riesgraf confirmed that’s true about the team dynamic with this new relationship:
“I’m happy to say it has not affected the dynamic of the team. I think it’s important to both characters, if I can speak for Aldis [Hodge, who plays Hardison] as well here, I don’t know, but certainly for me, it was important that their dynamic not affect the team as a whole and it hasn’t. The team is supportive of what’s happening and they’re aware of it and there are some great moments where there’s some eye rolling from Eliot, I’m not gonna lie, but at the same time, we didn’t want it to become this gushy, sweet relationship. These two are still who they are. They’re unique and so their relationship is going to not be like anyone else’s. But I think it’s important to them also as characters that their roles on the team stay as they are and that it doesn’t affect the dynamic.”
“Leverage” returns to TNT on Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Are you excited to see Parker and Hardison together?