Before the premiere of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop, everyone was talking: “Where’s Ed?” Well IGN has the answer and comment from showrunner André Nemec on why the show’s creators chose to treat the character the way they did.
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In the run-up to the Cowboy Bebop premiere, Nemec and the cast kept Ed’s whereabouts a secret, just telling fans that they would be “delighted”.
Well, at the end of the first season of Cowboy Bebop, the crew is scattered and an injured Spike lies wounded alone on the street. It’s just Ed who shows up with a bounty request for the cowboy.
It’s definitely Ed, with the same outfit and mannerisms from the anime. Nemec says the decision to keep Ed from appearing on the show until the very last minute was a deliberate one.
“We take a lot of time to get to know our characters. And Ed is a very complicated character in every way, ”Nemec told IGN. “And I wanted to make sure we kept our fingers crossed for a second season, that we really had the appropriate time to explore Ed’s character.”
Nemec says the first season was devoted to exploring the core trio Spike, Jet and Faye. And that it took an entire season to make sure the audience fully understood this lead trio. Then, and only then, did Nemec consider it appropriate to add Ed.
“Ed is a real disruptor and every now and then brings the boys into some real shit. I think in order to really tell Ed’s story correctly it was necessary to own real estate in order to know who our characters were before they disrupted their world with Ed. “
Some fans feared that Ed might be too difficult for live action, but as we said in our review, Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop live-action series encompasses the original anime in its entirety and tries to bring everything to life for the Good or bad. Check out the full review to learn more about our thoughts on anime adaptation.
Matt TM Kim is the news editor for IGN. You can reach him @lawoffd.