Based on the Swedish show of the same name, Before We Die is centred around the life of senior police officer DI Hannah Laing (Lesley Sharp), whose life takes a dark turn when her son gets involved with the local mafia.
Gibson plays the role of her son, Christian, and speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the actor explained what viewers can expect from the "adrenaline"-packed new series, which premieres on Channel 4 tonight (May 26).
"It's a crazy set-up," Gibson said. "That first episode gets it moving, which is really nice because from that point... I feel like episode one gives you the context of where everything is, and then from there – it's not like it's difficult to follow, it just never stops the adrenaline or anything like that. It really builds and progresses.
"That was kind of why I was really interested in doing it. There's certain elements that definitely come up in a lot of crime dramas and a lot of crime shows, but I feel like the writers and the director were really interested in continuing to ask the question of, 'If this was in real life, how would you actually respond to this?'"
Gibson also spoke about how the show doesn't skip over important details in the storyline, as the team were keen to address each part of the narrative in enough detail.
"The really high-stakes situations feel grounded and things aren't – in the way that some action things can tend to be – trivialised and they brush over even, say, killing somebody or a massive event like that," he said. "Those things feel very much rooted in real experience.
"And then just the emotional dynamics between the characters, I feel like they are given a lot more time than in some fast-moving thrillers. They definitely don't sacrifice that element just to keep the story moving, you get both."
Gibson is best known for playing Steve Winchell in The OA, but has also had roles in The Tudors and the 2019 film Tolkien.
Before We Die begins tonight (May 26) at 9pm on Channel 4. All episodes will be available on All 4 after the first episode airs.
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