We all were left with a lot of questions after the season finale of OWN’s breakout church drama Greenleaf, well EW caught up with actress Merle Dandridge who plays Grace Greenleaf for the scoop on what’s to come.
EW: The season premiere saw Lady Mae give a stirring speech at the church’s annual “Women’s Day” event. Is she angling herself as potential head of the church?
MERLE DANDRIDGE: I think Lady Mae has always been the greatest protector of the church. If Lady Mae can make it to the pulpit, if that’s an if, she will finally be able to control things 360 the way she wants to.
Charity and Kevin have definitely hit a rocky patch after his confession about his sexuality. Will the rest of the family ever find out that Kevin is gay — and will it matter?
In the realm of the Greenleaf arena, nothing stays secret too long, so I don’t think this will remain a secret to the rest of the family for long, if at all. But I don’t believe it will matter to the family.
Mac is back. How and why did that happen?
I believe we haven’t even begun to see the depths of how far Mac will go to maintain his status quo, and how much dirt he has on everyone and how much strife and ugliness he can put on the family. He’s been able to keep his place because of these unbelievable things. In addition, the secrets of his generation are deep and dark, and go way back when this church was founded. I think next season we’ll find out a lot about the not necessarily upright means to how the church was founded, and how Mac has a lot of dirt on the bishop.
Will the bishop’s financial transgressions ever come to light in a way that would threaten the future of the church?
That’s going to be the big question, and that’s why people should tune into season 2!
It’s worth noting that Lady Mae didn’t exactly welcome Mac home with open arms. How will that dynamic play out next season?
With Mac back home, Mae has to make room for him. Not out of sisterly devotion to her brother but out of fear that he will out them. He’s got them handcuffed now.
The tension between Grace and her ex-husband is unbelievable. Will we ever find out how they became a couple in the first place?
I have my own theories on how that came to pass — he was the polar opposite of the Greenleafs when she was trying to escape the family, and he was a comfortable free place to land when she was trying to find her own voice. So it’s no wonder why this relationship ended. It was like putting a square peg into a round hole. But I think we’re going to see more of that story, and their past.
On the topic of Grace’s love life, what will happen to the relationship between Grace and Noah (Benjamin Patterson)?
I think Grace has a lot to figure out before she can find her boo. I don’t think she’d be healthy for Noah right now.