Season 2 of Outer Banks, available on Netflix, is marked by many twists, including a scene of a fight between John B. (Chase Stokes) and an alligator. How was this sequence shot?
Be careful, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen Outer Banks season 2 before continuing to read this article.
Available since July 30 on Netflix, season 2 of Outer Banks has gone the extra mile in terms of action and twists. The Pogues have battled Ward Cameron for the gold and a new, important and personal treasure for Pope (Jonathan Daviss) will put them all in jeopardy.
The “worst day on set” for Chase Stokes
In episode 8, John B. (Chase Stokes) will even face an alligator! The Pogues get their hands on an important artifact, Denmark Tanny’s Santo Domingo Cross. The latter was a cook and slave on the Royal Merchant and who used the gold from the ship to free himself and other slaves and buy land from the Outer Banks in the 19th century before being killed. But he is also Pope’s ancestor.
While waiting to find something to carry the cross while the van is stuck in the swamp, John B. is attacked by an alligator and his girlfriend Sarah (Madelyn Cline) comes to save him. While the reptile was obviously a fake, filming wasn’t easy for the cast, as Chase Stokes told Decide :
“It was probably the worst day of filming. It was -5 degrees outside, there was permafrost all over the vegetation in the swamp. The water temperature was below 15 degrees. And we went back and forth. in the water and out of the water for about six hours straight. It was crazy. I mean, they had to computerize our breaths when we got out of the water, because it was too obvious. the screen, as if we were in the middle of winter. “
This sequence may have surprised but is not unrealistic either since alligators are legion in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina and inhabit the Alligator River, Milltail Creek and Lake Sawyer. But according to AssumeTech, the alligators in these areas are shy and it is quite rare for a bad encounter with a human to occur there unlike areas like Florida and Louisiana.
Obviously, the alligator we see on the screen is a fake and Chase Stokes must have been imaginative: “It was like I was clutching a rotating chicken rotisserie. With two stuntmen and our special effects department, they had to turn it. It’s like when you walk into a Publix. [chaîne de supermarchés aux États-Unis, ndlr] and you see the roast chickens in the back. “
If Chase Stokes gave of himself, his understudy had to surpass himself for this sequence which lasts only a few seconds on the screen: “My stuntman, Cole Eckhert, is a superman. I don’t know how he’s able to do all of this. He’s shot the scene more times than I have. But we had a good laugh at the end of the day. the magic of cinema. You do a lot and you see a little. But it was intense. “