Whether he was a devoted father or a ruthless murderer, Sheriff Mills was one Harper's Island character that intrigued many. There were several of us who thought he could be the one reliving the John Wakefield manslaughter, but his death on the show proved us wrong.
Actor Jim Beaver talked to Hitfix about his experience portraying the law enforcer, from discussing the scenes he had with on-screen daughter Elaine Cassidy who plays Abby, to his character's unique death. There was so much emotion in that last Harper's Island appearance of his, and we get to find out why.
"The fact that I have a daughter really impacted the way I related to Elaine and the way we played the sheriff and Abby together," Jim Beaver revealed. "This is the first time I've ever played a scene with a daughter character of my own and I found it very rich because of my own real-life relationship with my kid. A lot of that translated both into the scene and the way I feel about Elaine Cassidy, because we're very fond of one another."
As for his character's relationship with Wakefield and the mystery of who's working with the killer, the veteran television actor replied: "You know, I hate to be a disappointment, but frankly the whole thing is an utter mystery to me. There hasn't been a day that I've been involved with the show that I've felt like I could make a good guess as to who's behind it."
Even though he's already died numerous times on screen, Jim Beaver still gets the craziest reactions from his friends and loved ones who watch him. When the sheriff was dragged out of a window by his neck on Harper's Island, the comments the actor heard ranged from denial to approval.
"Oh, I get a lot of people screaming, "Nooooo!" And then there a lot of people saying, "Oh, I knew it wasn't you." Everybody's an expert at it," Beaver said. "I think a lot of people were sorry to see me go, but I've been advising them, by all means, not to abandon the show, partly because don't believe everything you see. But partly because it's a great show and you should stick around for the wrap up."
Catch the two-hour special finale of Harper's Island when it returns this Saturday on CBS.