TV Weekly cover: Our Q&A with Mary McDonnell about season 4 of "Major Crimes"

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05 June 2015

TNT, Monday, 9:00 PM ET

Come on, major crimes division — how could you have let Phillip Stroh get away on that deal? We last saw the sadistic killer escaping via Uber.

Season 4 of “Major Crimes” (returning to TNT Monday) is themed around courage and we will see more shake-ups in relationships, more Flynn and Sharon, and, yes, more Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke). We talked with Capt. Sharon Raydor — Mary McDonnell — on what to expect this season.

Obviously Phillip is still around, so what can you share on that?
There is a Phillip Stroh element to the opener that I found absolutely fascinating. I can’t say what it is but there is. Sharon Raydor has to come up against what Phillip Stroh is meaning to her in terms of one’s energy in the world. It’s very subtle, but I found it really beautifully dealt with because it’s surprising. But that’s all I can say.

We did see Sharon get slightly more rattled than she usually does when Rusty’s whereabouts were unknown.
In “The Closer” she saw what Phillip Stroh not only did to Rusty but did to Brenda. He has a very deeply rooted evil in the minds and hearts of these people. It’s more personal.

Knowing how we left off, is Sharon ever going to be able to let Rusty even begin to live a normal life?
That’s a big question. That is part of the question of Season 4. You’re right there. That is something we will be really looking at. Yeah, you’re right in the pulse. Is there a theme this year at all?  Last year it was expectations and expectations of having a family.

Yeah, this year it’s courage. What do you think it takes to be courageous?
I think it takes a tremendous amount of letting go of thinking one can control outcome. To me, courage implies being willing to risk without predictability. It implies allowing oneself to love fully without fear. To me, courage always feels frightening because it’s letting go of either psychological or literally physical barriers.

Are we going to see more on Sharon and Flynn’s relationship?
I think you will, yes. … Flynn does have something that she kind of does find him a bit irresistible, I think, at moments.
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