Arrow: Seth Gabel On The Count's Plans To 'Wreak Havoc & Destruction'
Seth Gabel as The Count in the 'State v. Queen' episode of 'Arrow' -- The CW
Seth Gabel returns to "Arrow" on Wednesday night, as The Count comes back to take on Oliver Queen.
It'll be the former "Fringe" star's third appearance on The CW drama, bringing to life the crazed maker of designer drug Vertigo, who was most recently incarcerated (until a prison break).
Taking on The Count (who goes by Count Vertigo this episode) is an intense experience for the actor, and after filming, he turned to a surprising entertainment choice to decompress.
"It was helpful to watch 'Breaking Bad' episodes as a way to kind of come down, to have a middle space between reality and sanity," Seth told AccessHollywood.com on Tuesday.
Watching the intense world of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman helped bring Seth out of The Count zone.
"That's how extreme the character was, so to go from kind of this irrational insanity to a more strangely rational sanity of Walter White, it was like in between the Seth Gable world and the Count Vertigo world," he said.
In our new interview, Seth (who is currently shooting upcoming WGN series "Salem") also dished on The Count's name change, his experiences in Starling City's prison system and why he's so hell-bent on taking down Oliver Queen/The Arrow.
AccessHollywood.com: On 'Arrow' you are one of the villains who gets to keep coming back.
Seth Gabel: As long as you don't die, you get to keep coming back.
Access: Is Stephen Amell's Arrow going to be really angry that he chose not to kill you?
Seth: Yeah. The Count definitely takes advantage of the Arrow's 'no killing' clause and once he learns about it that reveals a huge weakness for Oliver. The Count has had a lot of time to plot his vengeance and it's possible that someone's even helping him along the way and so he breaks out of prison with a raucous, roaring plan to wreak havoc and destruction upon Oliver and if that means going to his family, then there's no holds barred.
Access: Do we get to see the break out, or see what prison was like for him?
Seth: You do. There's a really fun prison scene and you do see the escape and I found it pretty entertaining when we were shooting it.
Access: What do you imagine prison was like for The Count? Obviously The Dollmaker was in there too, so there were some pretty bad criminals at Iron Heights.
Seth: Well, The Count is not intimidated by anyone and he's smart and so he knows how to manipulate other people's weakness to his own favor. If The Count is going to spend any time in prison, he's gonna know how to run that prison and so his time there wasn't torturous in any way because of the other criminals, but it was torturous simply because I couldn't do what I loved to do, which was distribute Vertigo, get people hooked on it, kind of control them with that. And also, I've just been plotting the revenge on Oliver Queen because he's the only person that's ever made me feel vulnerable or has ever defeated me or made me look bad and he's also put me in this prison of my own mind, when I was crazy, and the Veritgo wasn't fully out of my system and then an actual prison and so I'm fully primed and ready to get my revenge on him.