Favourite Criminal Minds quotes.
I don’t think he was cast to be a love interest for Carrie or a friend.
But Rupert and Claire have this very strange sort of chemistry and rapport, much different than the obvious magnetism between Claire and Damian and several shades darker than the tenderness evident between Claire and Mandy. It’s very tense but also… puncturing. I think they see to the heart of the other in a different and more precise way than Carrie and Brody “got each other.”
It’s very interesting to see the buildup of sexual tension between them because this show never really messed around with that before. Carrie and Brody had sex the 4th or 5th time they saw each other.
One great thing about the writers is that they really play to these actors’ strengths. I think they realized after the second season how interesting their relationship was and how much potential it had and then wrote to that in season three.
The only thing I recall about the casting/development of Quinn in the early stages was that Rupert was given a very rough outline of his character (including that he was meant to kill Brody IIRC) by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, but in season two they were making up everything as they went along. As far as I know, there were no specific plans for his character beyond season two or with Carrie specifically, but you work with what you got.