TV and film star Titus Welliver returns to play the iconic Harry Bosch in the new spin-off series, “Bosch: Legacy,” which premieres Friday, May 6.
The original “Bosch” series ran for seven seasons on Amazon Prime. This new series picks up where Season 7 left off, but the titular character no longer works as an LAPD detective. Instead, per EW, Harry finds himself “navigating his transition to life as a private investigator after decades spent on the police force — an institution that gave him a framework to pursue justice but frustrated him with bureaucracy and corruption.” Essentially, Harry struggles to learn how to fly solo.
“I can’t help but draw the analogy to him being a ronin,” star Titus Welliver said of Harry Bosch. “Suddenly Harry is this masterless samurai, and he’s trying to kind of figure out, where is he in the world?”
Welliver added, “Harry has his purpose, but he no longer has a badge, so he’s really untethered in a big way. He’s kind of out there naked, to a certain degree. And when people seek to do harm, it makes him very dangerous because he’s operating in a different way. And that for me dramatically is a huge change.”
Amazon wanted to switch things up enough in “Bosch: Legacy” so that people could see a true difference between it and the flagship show. One of those differences is in Harry’s daughter, Maddie (Madison Lintz). She’s fully grown now and working as a beat cop. Harry has to deal with new worries as she takes to the streets he once patrolled.
“The only anchor [Harry] has in this world is his child,” “Bosch” star Titus Welliver said. “And she’s now out there and he’s trying to exercise some kind of restraint with her and their emotional life, and not hover. But he’s terrified. And she has to tread the line of, how much do I tell my father? How much do I let him in?”
‘Bosch’ Star Titus Welliver Talks More Changes Between Original Show and Spin-Off
Aside from Titus Welliver and Madison Lintz, “Bosch” star Mimi Rogers also reprised her role for the new spin-off. Rogers plays Honey Chandler, a defense attorney who narrowly escaped death in Season 7 of the flagship show. According to Rogers, if “Legacy” hadn’t been greenlit, her character likely would have died in the assassination attempt.
“I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this, but I was supposed to die in the final episode of [Bosch] season 7,” she revealed. “The assassin was supposed to succeed.”
Now, Rogers can explore a more vulnerable and emotional side of Honey Chandler. Especially as she deals with the aftermath of the attack. “It was very important to me to find a very real, visceral method of showing someone dealing with the aftermath of that kind of trauma,” Rogers said.
At this point, it’s too early to say whether “Bosch: Legacy” will succeed. But if it does, star Titus Welliver is more than happy to continue playing Harry Bosch.
“Mike Connelly asked me on the very first day of shooting the pilot for Bosch, ‘How long do you see yourself playing this character?’ ” Welliver remembered. “And I said, ‘I’ll play him as long as they’ll have me.’ And that still stands.”
Catch the trailer for “Bosch: Legacy” below. And don’t forget to tune into the first four episodes on Amazon Freevee on May 6. Two new episodes will air each Friday until May 27.