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SDCC 2017 | Interview with STITCHERS’ Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub, and creator Jeff Schechter

We sit down with STITCHERS creator Jeff Schechter, along with cast members Ritesh Rajan and Damon Dayoub. 

When asked to describe this season’s Stitchers finale in three words, creator and showrunner Jeff Schechter stated a “monstrously large cliffhanger,” but of course wouldn’t expand on that without spoiling anything.

Ritesh Rajan explained that what he relates to most about Linus is “the emphasis that he puts on his friendships. I don’t have a lot of friends. I have a very small group of great friends. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, and my family.” And on a lighter note, he also added a “love for video games, otherwise, he’s much smarter than I am.” 

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In regards to what their characters have that they don’t get much credit for, Ritesh says Linus’s persistence, but in Damon Dayoub‘s case, he says that Fisher gets “all the credit he deserves. He’s there to protect the group. He’s that kind of father figure, inadvertently, that they need. Him and Maggie are that motherly, fatherly figures that these crazy, pesky kids need.” 

When asked about a possible romance between Fisher and Camille, Jeff pretty much shot it down, saying that “Camille has clearly moved on with Amanda,” adding that if they had a chance to be together, it would’ve been at the end of last season. “Amanda is much better looking than Fisher,” Dayoub added, jokingly mentioning Amanda’s rocking hairstyle, but didn’t deny their dynamic. “They have a great chemistry together, especially in the field, and we have a lot of fun shooting those.” 

Photo by Tony Rivetti/ABC Family – © 2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

During the Stitchers panel, Schechter did like the idea of a musical episode, as it is popular these days. We asked what song or part their characters would sing. Dayoub stated that Fisher would sing the chorus, giving a cute little example of what it would sound like. As for Linus, Rajan was thinking more along the lines of a song about trusting your significant other.

Schechter expanded on the idea, stating that each cast member has their own unique musical style, explaining that Sally would be a “torch singer, Emma is like modern jazz, Kyle’s a song and dance guy, Tesh is like Bollywood musical, no offense.” 

Ritesh did admit to having an Indian dance background, so he didn’t take any offense to it. Dayoub questioned the idea of Emma being able to sing, much less do jazz. “I don’t know, man. Hopefully her singing’s better than her ‘cry face.'” 

Also during the panel, Schechter talked about how he had a conversation with Shadowhunters‘ Isaiah Mustafa and how he wouldn’t mind doing a crossover episode with Shadowhunters. However, he did admit to not having seen an episode of the fantasy show, but he still wants to make it work. Dayoub added, “I don’t know if Freeform is ready for Isaiah and Damon in a squad car.” Ritesh jokingly added, “Too many musicles! They’d have to get a convertible.” 

Stitchers airs Mondays at 9pm on Freeform.

By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.