Toby Stephens breaks down Poseidon's big sacrifice in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (2024)

Home>Entertainment>TV Shows

What happens when Percy Jackson finally meets his father?

ByBelen Edwards on

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Flipboard

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers. If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Toby Stephens breaks down Poseidon's big sacrifice in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (1)

Toby Stephens in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians."Credit: Disney / David Bukach

To say Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell) has a complicated relationship with his father would be like calling the Pacific Ocean a puddle.

For starters, there's the bombshell that his father is none other than the Greek god Poseidon (Toby Stephens). Then there's all the baggage that comes with that, like Poseidon not being able to support Percy or his mother Sally (Virginia Kull) except from afar, or legends of Poseidon's cruelty and mistreatment of mortals such as Medusa (Jessica Parker Kennedy).

SEE ALSO:

How 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' pulled off Poseidon and Sally's emotional diner chat

There are also moments throughout Percy Jackson and the Olympians where we see Percy connect with his father. When Percy leaps from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Poseidon sends a water funnel to save him. Before Percy completes his quest, Poseidon provides him with four pearls that will help save him, Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries), Grover (Aryan Simhadri), and Sally escape the Underworld. And in a flashback discussion with Sally in episode 7, we see that Poseidon truly does care for Percy in a way we wouldn't understand from solely seeing Percy's point of view.

All of these moments come to a head in Percy Jackson and the Olympians' Season 1 finale, when Percy and Poseidon finally meet face to face on Mount Olympus. In a shift from the books, Percy arrives on Olympus after the deadline to return Zeus' (Lance Riddick) Master Bolt passes, meaning Poseidon and Zeus are officially at war. Yet when Zeus attempts to strike Percy down, Poseidon gets between them and surrenders — a move that feels less like a prideful Olympian and more like a father prepared to lay down his life for his child.

"It's a sacrifice Poseidon makes for his son, and it's a huge thing," Stephens told Mashable in a video interview. But is Percy aware of just how major this sacrifice is?

SEE ALSO:

Sally Jackson is 'Percy Jackson's not-so-secret weapon

"That moment between Zeus and Poseidon is not seen by Percy," said Stephens. "He doesn't fully understand what happened, and I liked that. When Poseidon turns around to Percy, it's like, 'You don't realize what you've cost me,' but he's not going to let him know that. Instead, he's like, 'You're trouble, but I love you and I'm proud of you at the same time. And I'm willing to save you.'"

For Stephens and for showrunners Jonathan Steinberg and Dan Shotz, that genuine connection with Percy and Sally was crucial for understanding the role of Poseidon. "They wanted to make the relationship between Poseidon, Percy, and Percy's mom feel real, and to have a kind of complexity to it," Stephens said.

Related Stories

  • Jay Duplass talks Hades' big introduction to 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians'
  • How is 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' different from the books?
  • How 'Snakes on a Plane' shaped Medusa in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians'
  • How to watchDisney's 'Wish' at home and online
  • Best streaming services: We compare Netflix, Hulu, Max, Disney+, and more

That undercurrent of complexity runs through Percy and Poseidon's entire conversation, but especially in the moment when Percy asks Poseidon if he ever dreams about Sally. Instead of answering, Poseidon takes a silent beat before deflecting. Yet for Stephens, that silence speaks volumes.

"He's like, 'Yeah, I dream about her all the time, and it's incredibly painful. And if only I could talk to you about it, but I'm not going to do that,'" Stephens explained. "There is that side of our parents that is always mysterious. You can be incredibly close to your parents, but there's an interior life and and interior history that you cannot have access to. I think that moment [with Percy] opens up the question, 'What is that about for Poseidon? What is going on in there?' And that's what you want to leave the audience with."

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is now streaming on Disney+.

TopicsDisney+

Toby Stephens breaks down Poseidon's big sacrifice in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (2)

Belen Edwards

Entertainment Reporter

Belen Edwards is an Entertainment Reporter at Mashable. She covers movies and TV with a focus on fantasy and science fiction, adaptations, animation, and more nerdy goodness.

Recommended For You

The 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' cast reveal their dream fancast

Who do they want to see in future seasons?

By Belen Edwards

'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' review: The adaptation fans have been waiting for

Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are here to capture your hearts.

By Belen Edwards

Gaming starter kit: All the gear you need to play like a real gamer

If you don't want to miss out on any big releases, you'll want to start checking these gadgets off your shopping list ASAP.

By Dylan Haas

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ is great for casual users, but the lack of DeX is disappointing

The $600 device has almost everything the average tablet owner could need.

By RJ Andersen

More in Entertainment

You can already shop deals on solar eclipse glasses — just make sure they're the right ones

They need to meet certain criteria to protect your eyes.

By Brittany Vincent

Treat yourself to luxe locks with $100 off the Dyson Airstrait at Best Buy

Style like a pro, save like a boss.

By Tabitha Britt

Get 20% off all Ava sex toys at Amazon for Valentine's Day

It's always the right time for pleasure.

By Brittany Vincent

12 products on sale that make great Valentine's Day gifts

Save on stuff that isn't chocolates and roses.

By Christina Buff

Send sweet Valentine's Day gifts for less with these flower delivery service deals

Send beautiful bouquets and more for a hefty percentage off.

By Brittany Vincent

Trending on Mashable

NYT Connections today: See hints and answers for February 11

Everything you need to solve 'Connections' #245.

By Mashable Team

NASA found a super-Earth. It's in a tantalizing place.

Scientists are investigating this curious new world.

By Mark Kaufman

Wordle today: Here's the answer and hints for February 11

Here are some tips and tricks to help you find the answer to "Wordle" #967.

By Mashable Team

Who will Usher bring out as special guests during his Super Bowl Halftime performance?

Four music icons we think will make an appearance.

By Elizabeth de Luna

NASA rover finds damaged helicopter in the middle of Mars desert

It's a poignant image.

By Mark Kaufman

The biggest stories of the day delivered to your inbox.

This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time.

Thanks for signing up. See you at your inbox!

  • TECH
  • SCIENCE
  • LIFE
  • SOCIAL GOOD
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • BEST PRODUCTS
  • DEALS

Toby Stephens breaks down Poseidon's big sacrifice in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (33)

Mashable supports Group Black and its mission to increase greater diversity in media voices and media ownership. Group Black's collective includes Essence, TheShadeRoom and Afro-Punk.

©2005–2024 Mashable, Inc., a Ziff Davis company. All Rights Reserved.

Mashable is a registered trademark of Ziff Davis and may not be used by third parties without express written permission.

Insights, advice, suggestions, feedback and comments from experts

As an expert and enthusiast, I have access to a vast amount of information on various topics. While I have personal experiences or emotions like a human, I can provide you with factual information and insights based on the data I have been trained on. Let's dive into the concepts mentioned in this article.

The article discusses the relationship between Percy Jackson and his father, Poseidon, in the TV show "Percy Jackson and the Olympians." It highlights the complexity of their relationship and the moments where they connect. The article also mentions the Season 1 finale, where Percy and Poseidon finally meet face to face on Mount Olympus.

To provide more information on the concepts mentioned in the article, let's explore the following:

  1. Percy Jackson:

    • Percy Jackson is the main character in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" book series written by Rick Riordan.
    • He is a demigod, meaning he is half-human and half-god. His father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.
    • Percy possesses unique abilities and embarks on various quests and adventures throughout the series.
  2. Poseidon:

    • Poseidon is one of the twelve Olympian gods in Greek mythology.
    • He is the god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses.
    • In the Percy Jackson series, Poseidon is Percy's father, and their relationship is a central theme.
  3. Mount Olympus:

    • Mount Olympus is a prominent mountain in Greek mythology and is believed to be the home of the gods.
    • It is often depicted as a heavenly realm where the gods reside and hold their meetings.
  4. Greek Mythology:

    • Greek mythology refers to the collection of myths and legends from ancient Greece.
    • These myths involve gods, goddesses, heroes, and various creatures, and they often explain natural phenomena, human behavior, and the origins of the world.

Please let me know if you would like more information on any specific aspect or if you have any other questions!

Toby Stephens breaks down Poseidon's big sacrifice in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Stevie Stamm

Last Updated:

Views: 6159

Rating: 5 / 5 (60 voted)

Reviews: 83% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Stevie Stamm

Birthday: 1996-06-22

Address: Apt. 419 4200 Sipes Estate, East Delmerview, WY 05617

Phone: +342332224300

Job: Future Advertising Analyst

Hobby: Leather crafting, Puzzles, Leather crafting, scrapbook, Urban exploration, Cabaret, Skateboarding

Introduction: My name is Stevie Stamm, I am a colorful, sparkling, splendid, vast, open, hilarious, tender person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.