Playing a Complicated Mage: Amanda Walsh Discusses Her Role in Dirk Gently

There is so much to love about Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency! One of the best aspects of the first season was the emphasis on complex, three-dimensional female characters, as Amanda Brotzman (Hannah Marks) and Farah Black (Jade Eshete) both fought evil while also wrestling with a chronic illness and terrible anxiety, respectively, and Bart Curlish (Fiona Dourif) defied every societal norm in her life as a holistic assassin. Season 2 has not only maintained that commitment to Amanda and Farah, but has now added two new, equally amazing women: Izzie Steele’s Tina Tevetino, the perpetually high police officer of Bergsberg who’s just trying her best, y’know, and Amanda’s Walsh’s chameleon-like (and Napoleonic) Suzie Boreton.

When we meet Suzie she’s the downtrodden mother to an angry teen and wife to a boorish husband, who trudged off to work each day to handle files for emotionally abusive boss. But then a ...