Y: The Last Man star Ben Schnetzer teases Yorick’s morally gray relationship with Agent 355. The series developed by Eliza Clark adapts the comic series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra, which ran from 2002-08. After spending a few years in development hell, Y: The Last Man is finally seeing the light of day, with its first episode having premiered on FX on Hulu on September 13.
Y: The Last Man presents a post-apocalyptic world in which, following an unexplained cataclysmic event, nearly every mammal on Earth with a Y-chromosome suddenly dies. The only male survivors are Yorick Brown, played by Schnetzer, and his pet monkey Ampersand, who are the primary focus of the series as they explore what becomes of the world. Also prominent characters are Yorick’s mother and newly sworn-in US President Jennifer Brown (Diane Lane), his sister Hero (Olivia Thirlby), and Agent 355 (Ashley Romans), his bodyguard.
In an interview with TV Line, Schnetzer discusses the importance of a moral compass to Yorick, and how that creates friction with Agent 355. The American actor believes that his Y: The Last Man character has a clear sense of right and wrong, while Romans’ bodyguard is more ambiguous in that area, which becomes a source of tension between them. But, Schnetzer argues, Yorick’s approach also puts him at odds with the world he now lives in:
That’s a really good question, and a real sticking point. I don’t think he’s a holier-than-thou type guy, but Yorick does have a set of morals that are very clear to him. He’s got a right and wrong way of thinking, and he’s comfortable looking at things that way. Things are much more ambiguous and much more muddled with 355, and the way that she works. There’s a lot of shades of gray in this new world that makes Yorick very uncomfortable. He’s more comfortable with a clear-cut right and wrong moral compass, and maybe it’s hard for him — talking about short-term thinking — to look at the bigger picture and actually see that for the greater good, we might have to do some things that feel kind of bad.
It’s a little bit like John Connor and the Terminator in T2 when John’s telling him, “You can’t just kill people!” I remember [showrunner and executive producer] Eli [Clark] talking about that movie a lot when we were prepping to shoot. She was like, “Rewatch that movie, you guys!” I don’t know what that says about Yorick, that his parallel is a 12-year-old boy [Laughs], but it’s not an awful comparison.
Elsewhere in the interview, Schnetzer describes Yorick’s Y: The Last Man season 1 arc as learning to see the bigger picture, and moving away from short-term, goal-oriented thinking that has him focused inward. Schnetzer believes this is something his character learns through his travels, as he sees where he fits into the new society under construction. But until then, one Yorick quote from the comics provided him with a guiding light: “With little power comes little responsibility.”
Schnetzer’s referencing of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which was apparently a key text for the showrunner in the adaptation process, gives fans a good idea of what they might be in for with Y: The Last Man. It also sets a high bar – James Cameron’s sci-fi action film is often ranked among the greatest of the genre ever made. Should the dynamic between Yorick and Agent 355 come close to replicating that between John Connor and Schwarzenegger’s T-800, FX on Hulu could have just premiered TV’s next hit show.
Source: TV Line