“Outer Banks” creators mirrored Jonathan Daviss’ real-life family struggle in his character, Pope — right down to his grandmother protecting the identity of a family member.
In the second season of Obx, Pope discovers that he is related to Denmark Tanny, a formerly enslaved man who was the sole survivor of the Royal Merchant — meaning that he claimed all the riches of the ship. While the Pogues were familiar with Tanny’s story since Season 1, Pope’s grandmother reveals their ancestry in Season 2, explaining she wanted to protect Pope from the secret.
“It was a natural outgrowth of the story we had started before,” Josh Pate, who co-created the series with brother Jonas Pate and Shannon Burke, told TheWrap. “We talked to Jd about our ideas, and he actually told us a story from his family, the scene with the grandmother,