Ryan Kwanten was a regular fixture on the small screen for years thanks to his stint on HBO’s True Blood. While he’s appeared back on TV on a few projects in the time since True Blood came to an end in 2014, he hasn’t been truly showcased. That’s set to change with upcoming Crackle series The Oath, which stars Kwanten as a dirty cop operating in a department filled with organized gangs. A trailer has been released that already points to an intense and violent series that should keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
Based on this trailer, I think it’s safe to say that Ryan Kwanten will be playing a very different role on The Oath than he did on True Blood, and not just because The Oath probably won’t feature any vampires. Kwanten plays Steve Hammond in the gritty new drama. Steve is in a dangerous position as the leader of the police gang known as The Ravens, who do whatever it takes to uphold the law, even if that means breaking it in some extreme ways. The trailer indicates that he’ll face enemies on just about all sides, and perhaps not know who to trust. In fact, in every scene with Sean Bean, they seem to have very different attitudes toward each other. In one scene, they have guns held on each other. In another, they’re apparently working together.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Ryan Kwanten’s character will have some seriously tense scenes with Sean Bean. The Game of Thrones actor is on board to play Tom Hammond, the former leader of The Ravens and the father of Steve Hammond. A former ruthless cop, he landed himself in prison after inadvertently making a deal with an undercover FBI agent. Once he’s freed, he’ll work his way back into the gang culture and attempt to retake his place at the top of the ladder. As his son currently holds that spot at the top of the ladder, we can bet that there will be some seriously fraught interactions between them.
Ryan Kwanten and Sean Bean will be joined in the cast by Cory Hardrict of American Sniper, Arlen Escarpeta of The Magicians, Katrina Law of Training Day and Arrow, and J.J. Soria of The Fosters. The series will run for ten episodes that explore the full gang culture of police, and we can bet that there will some degree of accuracy in the content. The Oath was created by Joe Halpin of Hawaii Five-0, who worked as a deputy in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. He was an undercover cop for 12 of those years. His unique point-of-view should make for something unlike anything else on TV.
The Oath will debut on Crackle on March 8, 2018. For what you can watch while we wait for The Oath, check out our fall TV guide and our 2018 midseason TV premiere schedule.