Because the Apple TV+ dramedy Dickinson enters Season 2, Emily Dickinson is rising up… and so is the present that bears her identify.
“I’ve all the time felt like with this present, the stakes rise inside each episode,” star Hailee Steinfeld tells TVLine. “And now with Season 2, there’s a complete new stage of sophistication and elevation that we didn’t have in Season 1.” Dickinson nonetheless has its foolish comedic touches this season, to make sure — Emily’s sister Lavinia has a hilarious arc with a brand new suitor — however the present ventures into darker and extra grownup territory as nicely, with Emily going through the daunting prospect of fame with the publication of her poems… whereas additionally shedding the companionship of her greatest buddy (and secret love) Sue.
“This season is definitely form of like a psychological thriller, as a lot as we may make Dickinson into that,” sequence creator and govt producer Alena Smith reveals, citing Patricia Highsmith works like The Proficient Mr. Ripley as her inspiration. Season 2 (debuting this Friday, Jan. 8 on Apple TV+ with three episodes) can also be about “what occurs when a delicate artist like Emily steps into the highlight,” she hints, “and the way she will be able to grow to be really fairly disoriented there. There are these form of blind spots and vulnerabilities for her that she didn’t have in Season 1.”
Emily continues to be penning recent poems in Season 2, however she’s additionally confronted with a life-changing selection, as Steinfeld places it: staying “in her room, together with her poetry, and with one reader, actually, or opening as much as the world about it.” The thought of publishing her poems and out of the blue having all these prying eyes on her is a daunting one to Emily, and “there’s humor in her pondering possibly she will be able to select the quantity of fame she needs, however then realizes it doesn’t work that manner.”
Serving to information Emily via this complicated path to fame is newspaper editor Sam Bowles, performed by Iron Fist‘s Finn Jones. “He’s based mostly on an actual character in historical past who was an necessary particular person in Emily’s life,” Smith notes: “this progressive, younger, formidable editor of the Springfield Republican… who was a frequent visitor at Sue and Austin’s salons.” Emily now “has this chance via Sam to be celebrated and to have the world learn her poems,” Steinfeld teases. “However is it price having to undergo all of it?”
Plus, Season 2 finds Emily shedding contact together with her closest confidante Sue, who’s undergone fairly the transformation since she married Emily’s brother Austin. “She has gone from being this quiet orphan that all the time wears black to this glittering socialite in essentially the most fabulous gold costume you’ve ever seen,” Smith hints, “and throwing enormous events [with] the who’s-who of New England coming via her doorways… It raises some questions for Emily: ‘The place did my buddy Sue go? Who is that this new Sue, and what’s happening together with her?’”
Sue is “positively deflecting and type of attempting to masks what it’s that she’s going via” as Season 2 opens, Steinfeld says. “And a part of that can also be by pushing Emily away.” That sends Emily into an emotional tailspin: What good is being well-known should you lose the particular person you care about essentially the most? “It’s heartbreaking and as messy because it’s ever been, their relationship,” Steinfeld provides. “I assumed that after Season 1, it actually couldn’t be extra advanced, and I used to be very unsuitable.”