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Todd Jensen writes...

This question is probably a moot point, thanks to "The Goliath Chronicles", but there has been a query about the situation for the gargoyles in Season Three that I've been pondering for some time, and I thought I'd ask you about it.

After "Hunter's Moon", the gargoyles' secret has been revealed to the world, and now the whole city is out looking for them, particularly in the case of the Quarrymen. In "The Journey", Elisa and Hudson make it clear to Goliath that it isn't safe to come out of hiding in the castle - not that that stops him from going over to visit Elisa - and Castaway's attack on Goliath and Elisa only emphasizes how much more dangerous Manhattan has become for the clan. (Indeed, the rest of the clan stays cooped up in the castle in "The Journey", although I suppose that that could have been as much a matter of plot convenience as an indication of how dangerous it was to leave it). And it's not just a case of a few super-villains like Xanatos, Demona, and the Pack out hunting for them any longer; now it's an entire city of frightened and hostile people.

At the same time, obviously it wouldn't have worked to have the gargoyles simply hiding in the castle all the time, if for no other reason than that it would make for a rather dull series. So how had you planned to address the situation of ensuring adventures for the gargoyles in this new change of mood? (Brooklyn's Timedancer adventures do strike me as one good way of solving it, but that would have been only one episode). As I said, it's a moot point by now since the new guys simply went ahead and had the gargoyles going out on their usual patrols, but I'm still a bit curious.

Greg responds...

I wouldn't have kept them cooped up, but I wouldn't have allowed the tension to drop. Or to come and go conveniently. I think one of the strengths of the series is that we forced our characters to live with the changes wrought upon them. Owen's hand is stone. Brooklyn has to learn to lead. Talan won't become human again, etc., etc.

This was no different. Gargoyles protect. That's fundamental. So you wait a few days for things to calm down a little. For the news to shift to other topics. Then you do your job.

Response recorded on February 01, 2000