now that season 1 SeparationProducer and writer Dan Erickson and director and executive producer Ben Stiller’s Apple TV+ Puzzle Box series have come to a shocking but satisfying ending, with the cast and creative team opening up to ET about spoilers, including Stiller’s cryptic cameo and Hopes are included for season 2.
In the workplace thriller, Adam Scott plays Mark Scout, an employee of the mysterious biotech company, Lumon Industries, who undergoes a controversial surgical procedure that splits up memories of a person’s workplace and home life, and the results vary. happens in life. In and out of the office, in and out of the house.
“I definitely understand why my character on the show would want to do this — it’s just that she doesn’t have to feel anything for eight hours a day,” Scott told ET of Mark’s decision to “separate.” , which is a way to free himself from the grief he continues to grapple with after the death of his wife Gemma in a car accident.
But following the unexpected departure of Mark’s department leader Petty (Yul Vazquez) and the arrival of a new recruit, Haley (Britt Lower), the balance in the office is quickly thrown into chaos, much to the dismay and concern of the supervisor. For Broken Floor, Seth Milchik (Tramell Tillman), and his boss Harmony Kobel (Patricia Arquette).
“It’s an amazing part. It takes a lot of heavy lifting to do this character, and it’s fun to do it,” Vazquez said of his character, who has had the amputated procedure reversed and died of complications. First tries to recruit Mark’s outie to do the same job. Surgery.
And it doesn’t take long before Mark and the other members of the Macrodata Refinement Division—Dylan (Zack Cherry) and Irving (John Turturro)—begin to realize that there’s more going on than they were led to believe.
“You see a lot through the eyes of my character, Haley, who’s asking, ‘What’s going on here,’ while the audience is asking the same questions,” Lower said. “But I think Dan as a writer does a good job of planting these Easter eggs and then answering them as we move forward with the series.”
While there were many revelations throughout Season 1, it wasn’t until the last two episodes that a number of big questions were finally answered and key theories confirmed, including the fact that Haley is actually the current CEO of Lumon Industries, Jem is Egan’s estranged daughter. (Michael Siebery), and descendants of founder and cult-like leader Keir Egan.
“I’m curious to know what Haley and Outie Haley have to learn from each other,” Lower said, admitting she’s in a slightly awkward love triangle now, when Haley asked Mark. Kissed, before the two set off on their mission. Inneez exposes the truth to the outside world. “I think there’s a lot of emotional avenues to explore in season two and it’s definitely really complicated.”
In the more disturbing — and standout — scenes at the end of the waffle party Dylan received as a reward for meeting his quota. Taking place in the Perpetuity Wing, which chronicles Lumon and its founding, Dylan’s meal is followed by an erotic performance by masked dancers as he watches from Keir Egan’s bed.
“It was a very strange day,” Cheri said of filming the scene. “It was night time. It was in a kind of creepy Victorian-era house. All those dancers had to dance on their giant paper mache heads and be able to see each other and hit their marks properly Had to be. I just had to sit in bed. So, for me, it was easy. But it was very surreal.”
He adds, “Eating the waffles was definitely more enjoyable.”
In addition to the Haley reveal, it is revealed that Gemma is still alive and the same person as Ms. Casey (Dichen Lachman), the wellness counselor on the shredded floor, who has spent time with several members of the MDR Division, including Mark. ,
“Ben reluctantly tells me over Skype, like, ‘Well, you know she’s a big character. Anyway, she’s his wife,'” Lachman said on first learning of her character’s big turn. Recalled. “I mean, I guess he was trying not to tell me because I thought it was still such a big secret.”
And when it came to finally reading the script for the episode, in which Ms. Casey is sent to the “testing floor” by Harmony after failing to recognize Mark as her husband, Laxman couldn’t put her down. “I was crying and laughing,” she shared. “And watching it all is such an incredible experience.”
Shocking all, Jane Tullock, who plays Mark’s sister Devon and is married to self-help writer Rickon Hale, played by Michael Chernas, said, “Ms. Casey Twist really kicked me in the pants.”
In the finale, Mark’s Innie also confronts him and reveals everything going on inside Lumon in the hope that she will help him escape. “For Devon, it’s interesting because she has a sort of satellite story,” Tullock said of being removed from office events, while also chatting with Mark and Harmony, who played a child named Mrs. Selwig. Pretended to be medical nurse.
While Mark’s Innie does indeed make contact with someone from the outside world, the finale ends before seeing what happens to Haley, whose Outie is being honored at a gala to undergo the dismemberment process. , and Irving, who runs to find Burt Goodman (Christopher Walken). , leader of the optics and design division, whose fascination with Irving is growing before being forced to retire.
When it comes to that unlikely relationship, Turturro revealed that it was his idea to cast Walken as Burt. “I suggested we hire Chris ’cause I love Chris. I’ve worked with him five times before and I admired him,” shared the actor. “I loved working with him Because he is very unpredictable and plays with you. So, I care about Chris and I didn’t really need to do that, to be very honest with you. It’s all there.”
As for the finale itself, Stiller said, “it was always designed that way.”
“We thought we would have made it anyway if we weren’t picked for a second season. I don’t know if anyone would have seen it, but we definitely need to keep going with the story,” he told the series. Said to continue, which was officially renewed a few days before the start of the finale.
Going forward, Erikson wants to “expand the world a little bit.”
After the finale, which allows viewers to finally see the outside lives of Haley and Irving, “this is a world we are just beginning to explore,” the writer continued. “So, it’s really exciting and humbling that we have to keep doing this for a whole second season.”
Of course, that expansion will be done in a strategic way. “Hopefully it’s going to be the kind of show where you feel quite satisfied that you get answers to things you’ve been thinking about for a long time but then new questions come up,” Stiller said. “But I want it to be something where people really feel like they’re in a world where they don’t realize that things are being thrown at them for no reason.”
And hopefully this will mean that audiences will finally get an explanation for the baby goat. “Hopefully we’ll see more goats,” suggested Tillman, before adding, “I’m really excited about where this is going. I don’t have all the information, but I’m really curious to find out.” ”
“I think the questions about Lumon in season two will flow from the audience’s feelings to the characters’ feelings about that,” Tullock offered. “I think we’re going to get a lot more answers because of history and Lumon as a bigger cause.”
If there is anyone who knows, it is Arquette. “They told me some stuff and I said don’t tell me anything because I don’t want people to ask me and I don’t want to know,” she said. “I don’t want to accidentally slip a spoiler.”
While most of the cast is curious about the ins and outs of Lumon, Lachman hopes to get a chance to share more screen time with the rest of the cast. “I want to take on more challenges and work with all these incredible actors who I am, whether I was on the show or not, just a huge fan of their work. And they have done a lot for their characters on the show. What they have done together is unbelievable.”
And maybe in Season 2, it will include Stiller, whom everyone wants to see on screen in future episodes. “I’d love it personally,” Cheri said. “It would be great to do a scene with him.”
“It would be fantastic to take him to the breakroom,” Tillman said, referring to the place where the employees are to be punished by Milchik. “Hopefully it doesn’t go there.”
Even Stiller is in on the idea. “It would be fun to be a part of this world. We’ve been thinking about it a lot. We spent a lot of time talking about it today,” he shared, referring to Eriksson. “He’s a handsome man. When you have that mug, so can you,” added the producer, noting her beautiful looks.
But it turned out that the director had a secret cameo in the eighth episode. “There’s a little easter egg of a voice. If you’re paying close attention, it’s Ben,” Lower revealed. “He does sound,” Lachman confirmed, referring to the moment Haley hits her quota and her computer shows a video of animated Keir Egan congratulating her. “That’s him,” she said.
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