It was a real pleasure chatting with #Counterpart creator @Justin_Marks_ about his brilliant show. Check my @TVGuide interview with him about the explosive conclusion to season 2 and what he'd like to do with a third season. https://t.co/pPgHLib7NG— Emily Rome (@EmilyNRome) February 18, 2019
Emily Rome from TV Guide sat down with Counterpart showrunner, Justin Marks to discuss the season 2 finale.
Highlights (more at source):
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* The first two seasons represent the Berlin potion of he Counterpart story and in a way it's a complete story, but with enough in it to point in the direction they want to take the story moving forward. They didn't want it to be a Cold War allegory forevery, moving forward they would want to take the spy world a little forward into the future, towards a Wild West of espionage, where borders have less meaning. But that doesn't mean that these characters' story is over.
* They're looking for a new home for the show and sitting down over the next few weeks wit some interested parties and talking about it.
* Ethel had a moment of clarity when she gave Emily Alpha the info on the sleeper cell, but then in the last moment she couldn't go through with it. The second season belongs to Emily, all season long both Emily's were searching for the woman Emily Alpha once was. Emily felt there were things in her past to atone for and her act of heroism shows Howard the answer to 'can you escape this template of your destiny?' Howard also proved it by proving Yanek wrong, in the final moments with Howard Prime, by handing his gun over.
* About the two Emily's scene in episode 9- it's a show where people always butt heads across both sides of the border and project their own self-hatred onto their counterpart. With Emily, they wanted just once to have two people sit across the line from each other and actually find common ground. Emily Prime forgives Emily Alpha for the transgressions she's done, which is what Emily Alpha has been searching for all series long, to forgive herself. It was Olivia's idea to have the two physically interact and take each other's hand, to play with that border. It speaks to the hope of what this crossing could mean, that maybe someday, we could be better together.
* "Point of departure" is a term that Yanek came up with in his scientific process, but it's a fallacy. It's something that's invented in a very simple and mathematical point of view. As Howard's life has demonstrated, as Emily's life has demonstrated, the breaking off from the past of our other is not just a choice to go left instead of right. It's a slow, inevitable peeling that happens, so many small micro-factors that it's impossible to determine. Yanek's method of thinking has a lot of self-justification built into it- he killed his Other and wants to believe that everyone else would do the same thing.
What did you think of the finale?