Let's say it all together through tears: HBO series have never, ever been happier or bleaker.
While the mega-network makes ratings history and dominates the Emmy Awards with big-name series like The White Lotus, Euphoria, and Succession, the platform has helped usher in a time of gloomy television.
Patrick McKay and JD Payne, the co-creators of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, revealed that HBOs Succession and Game of Thrones directly influenced the tone of their upcoming Amazon Prime Video prequel series back in 2018, in a conversation with Time. Sometimes thats fine, but it's also vexing.
Hunter Schafer, who plays Sam Levinson in Euphoria, is now considering other TV dark dramas.
Schafer said in an interview with Amandla Stenberg, who plays Amandla Stenberg, that I prefer good people to Succession. I don't know if you've ever experienced this. I think its because everyone is just fucking nasty.
According to Stenberg, the term "cancellation" has expanded to include those who play fictional characters.
I believe that this is detrimental to what the film is supposed to be about, which is putting terrible people on screens and laughing at them when necessary, according to Stenberg. That's a very healthy way for us to cleanse our demons. Maybe we can pick our demons off the silver screen and observe them better, and then the ego death becomes less painful.
Schafer, who served as a consultant for her Euphoria character and co-wrote a Season 2 episode with series creator Levinson, admitted that the series didnt seem natural at first due to the role encompassing so much of Schafers personal past. Euphoria was more uplifting than it was dark.
Part of surviving [that] experience was just, like, surviving shit, Schafer, who is transgender, said. Letting it rest, and not addressing it. I think thats what I had been [doing] till that point: just going and going, fighting to be on the other side of my transition. There was so much that I was working on, and I was so excited to [be out of] North Carolina that I don't think I've ever looked back on [that].