Ryan Holder from Dark Matter seems to be a classic frenemy


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The role of Ryan Holder, played by Theatre World Award-winning actor Jimmi Simpson, in the 2024 sci-fi thriller Dark Matter does not seem to inspire the audience.

In Blake Crouch’s novel Dark Matter, later turned into a series, Ryan Holder appears to be jealous of his colleague Jason Dessen, played by Australian actor and filmmaker Joel Edgerton.

However, he does not show his hate toward Jason when they are together, as he often appears to admire his achievements and show respect.

Therefore, many suggest Ryan Holder has the character of a deuteragonist or frenemy on the show Dark Matter.

Ryan Holder’s nature in Dark Matter and his relationship with Daniela

After watching Ryan Holder being overfriendly to his colleague’s wife, Daniela Vargas Dessen, portrayed by Jennifer Connelly, many speculated he might be betraying his friend Jason.

In the show, Daniela is the mother to a teenage son, Charlie, with her husband, Jason.

In the story, while Jason is busy in his scientific luminary, Ryan seems to be spending time with Daniela.

However, their relationship looks more like they are having a good time rather than any serious love story.

Therfore, it depends on fans to decide whether to call Ryan a bad guy because, apart from that relationship, he never intentionally did anything bad for his colleagues.

The fans were equally shocked when they learned that Jason also envied Ryan because he was not satisfied with his career’s success while the latter was an award-winning scientist.

On the other hand, Jason gave up his promising career as a world-class physicist to focus on his wife and children.

Overall, Jason and Ryan are intelligent physicists who have won Pavia Prizes for their research.

Additional Information

  • Actor Jimmi Simpson played the role of Ryan Holder, who is an award-winning physicist.
  • The 2024 series Dark Matter is based on the 2016 Blake Crouch’s novel with the same title.
  • Dark Matter features the story of a high school teacher, Jason Dessen.
Ruhi Tiwari
Ruhi Tiwari
Ruhi Tiwari, a passionate content writer with 2 years of experience, weaves captivating tales through her words. Beyond her profession, she immerses herself in the art of storytelling, channeling her creativity into compelling narratives.


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