Banshee is back and season two of Cinemax's must-see, balls-to-the-wall action crime drama is showing more testicular fortitude than ever. In a pair of episodes, Jonathan Tropper and Greg Yaitanes, the chief creators behind the series, have already blessed fans with a tricky moving armored car heist, an insane squirrel-crushing, a menacing hot tub stew of blood and exploded cow parts, and two seamlessly edited parallel fights showcasing the mental and physical strength of the show's badass female characters. 

There is much more to come as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), the sympathetic criminal masquerading as a sheriff in small-town Banshee, Penn., attempts to police a divided community full of Amish and Native American thugs, duck and/or dig ditches for the gangsters he stole from, and ride off into the sunset with his former partner and lover Anastasia (Ivana Miličević), whose idyllic new life as wife and mother Carrie Hopewell has gone to shit since his arrival. The increased role of Nola Longshadow (Odette Annable), the tribal chief's mysterious, beautiful, and violent sister, and the introduction of suspicious Special Agent Racine (Zeljko Ivanek) and baritone behemoth gang leader Chayton Littlestone (Geno Segers) ratchet the fun up to 11—before ripping the dial off entirely.

Complex recently sat down with Starr, Miličević, Yaitanes, and Tropper to discuss the show's delicate balance of emotion and boundary-breaking action, the toll of shooting the fight scenes, and the future of Banshee.

Interviews by Justin Monroe (@40yardsplash)

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