RTE Kin shocking spoiler sees rising star's character meet gruesome end

By Siobhan O'Connor

Rising star Cian Fitzsimons’ character met a gruesome end last night in the first jaw-dropping episode of RTE gangland series Kin.

In his debut role, the 23-year-old Dubliner impressed the stellar cast including Aidan Gillen and Emmet J Scanlan for his “pure” performance.

Commenting on his fictional murder, which left viewers shocked, Cian told the Irish Mirror: “It was the unexpected, it’s wrong place, wrong time for Jamie, it’s Viking who’s meant to be shot.

“I don’t think it resonated with Charlie’s character that Jamie was even going to be in the crossfire.”

Cian revealed that after Jamie’s death the scenes are set to become even more intense with revenge on all the Kin’s minds.

He said: “Kin is about a family and the innocence is almost taken away from the show as Jamie is taken away.

“Hopefully we get to see these more intense scenes.”

Clare Dunne, who plays Jamie’s mum Amanda in the series, said: “It will be similar for Amanda, the whole moral fabric changes.

And commenting on Cian’s performance, she said: “He did really well at being so pure, he was so natural. We all gravitated to his presence every day on set and really wanted to make the most of every scene – even when he had to be a dead body.”

(Patrick Redmond)

And the cast were devastated losing Cian so early on, as Clare said: “Our hearts were absolutely broken, he brought something to the part, you really felt for who Jamie was.”

Cian told how he drew on his own youth to help get him into character.

He said: “My job was to play the 17-year-old guy who was torn between college and going off to work with his dad.

“I felt like the role was so interesting to play and getting it all into the one episode.

“I’m from Dublin, you play off things you learnt, growing up, being a 17 year-old kid not knowing what you want to be.

“Getting into the character was easy, I had a great cast around to learn from.”

Cian insists if Jamie wasn’t killed off in episode one, he believed he would have chosen education over crime.

He said: “I think his mind was made up with the CAO form filled out.”

Last night, viewers witnessed the shocking scene where Jamie’s dad Jimmy Kinsella, who is played by Scanlan, indoctrinates his son into crime by burning a drug addict’s face with an iron.

Cian said: “I think 17-year-old kids would want to live up to their dads expectations but I think at the end of the day, Jamie would have gone to college and been a good boy.”

(Patrick Redmond)

When quizzed about whether it was intimidating as a young actor working opposite such legendary Irish actors, he added the cast put him at ease.

Cian said: “As you prepare for your character, you work with all these people, but on set I felt really welcome and it became normalised, it was such a good atmosphere.”

The talented star is hopeful he’ll follow in Barry Keoghan’s footsteps, who paved his way to Hollywood from humble beginnings on Love/Hate.

He said: “Barry Keoghan would be someone I’d like to emulate, he’s so close to me in age.”

With no formal training Cian’s natural talent impressed show bosses. He revealed: “In college someone tagged me in a role for a boxer and I didn’t get it, but the casting director’s remembered me from that and from then I started going for roles and that’s how I got into it.”

(Patrick Redmond)

Meanwhile, Clare told how she’s already being recognised on the street.

She said: “I notice people are starting to look at you and thinking, do I know you?

“I’m being recognised in the street the last few days.

“Sure I’ve never had fame but I think in Ireland people don’t bother you anyway.”

Some critics have accused Kin of glamorising violence, but Clare said: “If it gets people talking, questioning what we value, what’s this family really about, what are they fighting for, what have they got to lose, then bring it on.

‘That’s what art and storytelling is for.”

Kin continues on Sunday on RTE One 9.30pm and catch up on RTE Player.

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