Gen. George Washington is about to bid farewell again … not only to his troops, but also to viewers.
The AMC drama series “TURN: Washington’s Spies” begins its fourth and final season Saturday, June 17, as the then-president-to-be – played by Ian Kahn – and his Culper Ring of agents, including vengeance-driven Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell), have to deal with the traitorous actions of Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman). And, of course, there’s a Revolutionary War still to be won.
“We knew going in that this was the final season,” Kahn reports. “They might have been able to stretch out another year or two, but the meat and the action of the story is perfectly played in these last 10 episodes. When we got the news that this was going to be the last year, it was like, ‘Yeah. That makes a lot of sense.’ ”
Thus, Kahn can step away from immersing himself in the role of George Washington with comfort that he completed his task. “It surprises me that I’m not sad,” he says. “I feel like we did it, especially in the last two episodes, with what happens with the Battle of Yorktown and what happens after that. I said to my wife when I returned home, ‘I feel like I’ve had the full meal.’
“I think that in time, I’m going to miss it,” adds Kahn. “I’m going to miss playing the man and being a part of this world, but I felt like we nailed it. It’s going to make us feel as actors, writers, directors and crew members that we did our job well … and did something that the audience is really going to love.”
Toward the end of “TURN” filming, Kahn’s wife and children visited the set. “It was just perfect,” he says, citing the older of his two sons watching a certain scene being done.
“He was so excited by it, it was really thrilling. It was so fun for me to look to my right and see, right behind the camera, my boys there waving a flag. It sort of summed up the whole experience of Season 4 for me, just a real sense of gratitude to be able to bring it to completion, which not every show gets to do. And, spoiler alert: We win the war.”
Having also appeared in Showtime’s “Homeland” and “Billions” recently, Kahn is ready to see what comes next for him. However, he admits a return to Washington – George, that is – would hold great appeal for him. “I’m teasing AMC, knocking on the door and saying, ‘You know, the presidency would be pretty interesting … .’ ”