Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell) may be known in Olympian circles as the son of Poseidon (Toby Stephens), but let’s be real: He’s Sally Jackson’s (Virginia Kull) son first.
Rick Riordan’s original Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels highlight Percy’s mortal mother, emphasizing her love for her son and the sacrifices she’s made to keep him safe. The TV adaptation builds on this base, taking advantage of its new medium to expand on Sally’s perspective. In the show, Sally plays a more active role in telling Percy about his parentage, and we get several flashbacks to the struggles she faced while raising Percy.
How is ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ different from the books?
“A bad version [of Percy Jackson and the Olympians] could have just been a humdrum YA series, but this was going off-script a little bit and adding these moments for older fans or the parents of kiddos who are watching, these moments of real, complicated, messy human life,” Virginia Kull told Mashable in a video interview. “We see a parent trying their best, and it’s funny and odd and hard and sad.”