AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’ Open to Interpretation

Mark Strong, Lennie James offer their opinions on the show's title

What does the title of AMC’s newest drama “Low Winter Sun” really mean?

“It’s a flavor of something,” said star Mark Strong at the July 25 premiere at the Arclight. “It doesn’t mean anything in particular but it conjures up the image of some blinding, brutal light and it’s dangerous.”

Lennie James plays a dirty cop in the series and interprets the title more literally. “It’s like there’s a sheen in front of your windshield while you’re driving or wearing glasses and you have to shift your position to learn what’s really going on.”

David Costabile wouldn’t jump the gun on what he thinks it means. “Any good title really reveals itself very slowly and over time, so when you think it’s one thing after a certain amount of time of the story, it changes,” he said. “The revelation of that meaning will reveal itself in a much more complicated way than I understand it now.”

But Chris Mundy, the show’s writer and exec producer, cleared up the confusion with a very poetic justification. “The way I choose to believe it is there is a certain time of year in the northern hemisphere in winter where the sun is so low that it is blinding and you can’t find your way forward.”

In the pilot, Strong’s detective character Frank Agnew walks the line between good cop and criminal within the first five minutes. “Television moves very fast so you’re literally mentally leaping from one scene where you’re drowning some guy in a sink and then suddenly you’re in the precinct interviewing a suspect,” Strong said. “It’s the mental gymnastic that is required to walk that ambiguity.”

The cast and guests moved the party to Cecconi’s on Melrose after the screening.

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