Hacks creators hint at what’s in store for season two… after a DRAMA-filled finale of the hit HBO Max show starring Jean Smart
The first season of the hit series ended on Thursday evening with a considerable cliffhanger.
And the creators behind HBO Max’s new hit Hacks — Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky — tease the different directions the show could take next season, after the emotional fireworks that ended the first.
The group spoke to both Collider and Weekly entertainment ahead of the season finale, to discuss the key ‘fallout’ on the horizon for the fraught relationship between the series’ two main characters: Ava, played by Hannah Einbinder, and Deborah, brought to life by the unparalleled Jean Smart.
Comedy makers: The creators behind HBO Max’s new hit Hacks — (from left) Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs (seen with series star Hannah Einbinder in red) — tease the different directions the show is taking in the following season can hit
“They’re in a really good place now, but trouble is ahead,” Aniello teased EW.
‘Ava, sent an e-mail to those British writers in an immature impulse, with all the dirt about Deborah and how far they’ve come, the idea that there’s something floating there that’s going to completely upset that balance of peace and happiness. Ava will have to deal with in a profound way.”
That email, of course, was the result of binge drinking and a desire to exact revenge on the pompous Deborah, after a particularly grueling battle with the comedic diva in which she beat Ava.
In Legend: Hacks, Jean Smart stars as an aging, iconic Las Vegas comic, and Einbinder as a comedy writer brought in to refresh her act
Statsky added: “What you see happening is that Deborah is clearly so hurt by feeling betrayed by Ava and as she talks about it in Episode 9 and the episode before she let anyone in the way she let Ava in is similar to the way she allowed her. husband and was betrayed years ago.
“And so this wound is so fresh to her now. And so their emotions get super high in that scene.’
Aniello also discussed the difference between figuring out where to go with season two of the show as opposed to writing season one before it became a hit.
“They are in a really good place now, but there are problems ahead,” Aniello teased about what’s to come
“I think it’s really interesting now that people are reacting to it and seeing it and starting to feel a little, maybe even ownership over some of these characters in a way that I think is cool,” she shared with Collider.
“It will be interesting to see how that affects our writing, because we really wrote Season 1 in a complete vacuum. Nobody knows during a season 1, you know? So you write based on what you feel you want to say.’
Earlier this month it was announced that HBO has renewed Max Hacks for a second season.
Statsky added: ‘What you see happening is that Deborah is clearly so hurt by feeling betrayed by Ava’
The comedy series stars Smart as an aging, iconic Las Vegas comic, and Einbinder as a comedic writer described by the streamer as “a straightforward, outcast 25-year-old.”
HBO Max said Hacks is “consistently in the top ten most-watched titles,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, and was a ‘top performer’ on the platform.
The hit show marks another recent win for the inimitable Smart, originally known for Designing Women.
The veteran actress, 69, has also recently appeared in critically acclaimed television movies such as Mare of Easttown and Emmy Award-winning Watchmen, both also on HBO Max, as well as FX’s Legion.
The hit show marks another recent win for the inimitable Smart: The veteran actress has also recently appeared in critically acclaimed dishes such as Mare of Easttown and Watchmen