Warning: This post contains spoilers from this Sunday episode of Not safe.
Even a passionate, tearful kiss won’t stop the love or whatever’s going on between Not safe of Nathan and Issa – surname clearly like each other very much.
This Sunday episode sees the pair drop all the excuses and real about how they feel for each other. Issa tells Nathan, who shares the same feelings. It’s a sweet progression forward after a long time back.
“There was a moment between them at the end of Season 4 when she made it clear that she wanted to be friends and he accepted it,” Kendrick Sampson, who plays Nathan in the HBO comedy, told TVLine. “Fast forward to a leap in the time they have reconnected and developed a friendship still with his latent reluctance.”
When Issa tries to reconnect with Nathan, their night ends in disaster: she’s still emotionally traumatized after breaking up with Lawrence and sobbing into Nathan’s mouth. He hid out while she was asleep, leaving the two unaware of where they had stood until their intimate conversation and ensuing kiss (interrupted by the aftershocks of an earthquake) .
“She didn’t just cry in his arms; she cries in him mouth,” emphasized Sampson. “It was really awkward and he didn’t know where they stood, and then he didn’t handle it in the ideal way, the way that he and a lot of people would appreciate…. I think after being unable to put into words, to express and really show how much he had changed, he was at a point where he was fed up and like, ‘Let me vulnerable and said what I had to say,’ and that landed on Issa. “
Going forward, things between the couple “will be just as uncomfortable and unpredictable as always,” Sampson previewed. “You have those incredible moments when you think we’re right where you want us to be on the show, and then [there’s a] turn right completely. I can not stress that enough. Every time you get a little cocky, it’s not what you think.”
This week’s episode also featured an uncomfortable conversation between Nathan and his cousin Thomas, who revealed that he – and Not his wife, Velma – didn’t want Nathan hanging around with his kids after Nathan had a manic episode. Nathan tried to convey how much he’d changed since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and Thomas apologized and invited Nathan to continue their conversation afterward. It doesn’t exactly solve everything, but offers a unique opportunity for more open dialogue.
“In this episode, you see that he has matured, that he is a better communicator or at least is working to communicate better, is vulnerable and really proves himself. We haven’t seen that before on the show,” said Sampson.
Moments like these are what Sampson hopes to see in the future, as well as how Nathan and Issa “grow and how they reveal new sides of themselves” in their relationship. The actor is also looking forward to “showing who Nathan is other than Issa”, which he thinks “informs who [Nathan] is when he with Issa. ”
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