The island drama is about to get much more expansive on The Wilds.
Season 2 of the Prime Video sequence (premiering with all eight episodes this Friday) follows two completely different tales of survival. Whereas the teenage ladies whose aircraft crashed within the ocean within the first season proceed to acclimate to their state of affairs, a brand new crop of characters in experiment mastermind Gretchen’s all-male management group are simply starting their survivalist journey on their very own island.
Bringing boys into the ensemble “provides us this new lens on the adolescent expertise,” government producer Sarah Streicher tells TVLine, whereas acknowledging that “there’s some pushback among the many followers. However I believe after they make investments themselves within the characters, they’ll be on this journey of watching how the boys are performing in relation to the women. There’s going to be a way of, ‘The ladies didn’t do it fairly like that,’ and I believe that entering into Gretchen’s footwear will probably be just a little little bit of a thrill.”
Along with sharing the display screen with boys, the Wilds gals are returning after a protracted hiatus to a TV panorama that noticed one other sequence a few aircraft crash involving teenage ladies make its debut — and that’s a very good factor, so far as Streicher and fellow EP Amy B. Harris are involved.
Under, the EPs preview Season 2 and why Yellowjackets followers ought to give The Wilds a watch.
TVLINE | Setting the stage for Season 2, what are the women coping with, and the way are they faring after the occasions of the Season 1 finale?
AMY B. HARRIS | We understood bringing the boys on to their very own island that they must be going by the survivalist items of the puzzle that the women did, and we need to do this very in a different way than the women. They’ve completely different issues, clearly. They’re looking for water, meals. After which for the women, due to what’s occurred — the reveal that Nora is the operative after which a shark assault that has terrifying penalties — this season for the women was all the time going to be in regards to the survival of the psyche and the emotional survival that they’re making an attempt to get by. They’ve water, they’ve meals. They know methods to deal with themselves by way of these elemental wants, however now we’re exploring grief, ache, trauma, betrayal. We misplaced Jamie Tarses, who was our producing accomplice on the present, earlier than we began work on the second season, and the exploration — she was additionally a pricey buddy — of grief and transferring on and the trauma that that brings actually infused a whole lot of, for me not less than, selections we have been making. And simply how equally terrifying that survival is, in addition to like, “Are we going to starve to demise?”
TVLINE | Why did you resolve so as to add boys to the combo? And what do they convey that’s completely different from what we’ve seen within the ladies’ journey?
SARAH STREICHER | Following the story of Gretchen, she’s needing a management group to bear out her experiment. So we landed upon this notion, OK, she lives on this binary world, which we’re hoping to essentially explode her false notion that the world is binary. Definitely, within the third season, that’s what we’re gunning for. However she lives on this binary world, so she would have this all male management group and be crossing her fingers that they combust. And philosophically and narratively, I used to be personally actually excited in regards to the notion of beginning with girls as this baseline, as this default, after which pivoting to males as this counterpoint. It’s normally the opposite method round, traditionally. It’s like males are the default expertise, and ladies are the counterpoint.
TVLINE | It’s fascinating how they work together with one another versus how the women work together with one another.
HARRIS | Sarah had executed such a good looking job of making this world of very dynamic, numerous ladies to placed on the island. So our job for Season 2 was to work equally as laborious to create these boys that have been from completely different areas, completely different socioeconomic arenas, and simply actually chase the specificity of that journey additionally. It’s Gretchen’s lens, to a point. So the women, for her, are the purpose. [Laughs] However chasing these boys’ tales and exhibiting the hardships they’re going by and the challenges they’re going through was actually fascinating to us additionally. Sarah’s executed such a good looking job within the pilot of giving us this nuanced expertise, and this simply provides to that. It’s extra layers.
TVLINE | I’m additionally simply fascinated by the concept that whereas the present was on hiatus, one other present about teenage ladies stranded in the midst of nowhere got here out: Yellowjackets on Showtime. Why do you suppose this actually area of interest style is all of the sudden having a second?
HARRIS | All I can say is I’m extremely grateful it’s as a result of it says girls’s tales and younger girls’s tales are touching folks, and other people need to be in on it. I’m by no means fairly positive why there’s a second the place sure issues get tapped on the identical time, however the pleasure for me is, a) there’s room for all of it, after which b) I believe 10 years in the past if you happen to had stated we’re going to place two exhibits on the air and so they’re each going to be nicely acquired and preferred, I believe folks would’ve been like that’s loopy. However now we’re in a spot the place it’s only a very thrilling factor to see that occur.
TVLINE | Have you ever watched Yellowjackets? Or is just too related and also you don’t need to get influenced by it?
STREICHER | I have watched it. It didn’t really feel like a pure expertise. I used to be like, “Oh, they’ve a black field. Oh, they’re on the lookout for water now. They’re looking.” My mind was of their writers’ room as they have been hatching it out, so it was just a little bit clouded. However on the identical time, I had an exciting time. I am keen on simply the depth of all of it. Maybe we’re rising from a protracted interval of dismissing teenage ladies or giving them type of smaller, extra intimate tales, and there’s starvation to essentially present their grit and present their power in a very uncooked method the place it can’t be disputed. That’s what each of our exhibits do, to a sure extent.
HARRIS | I’ve not watched as a result of we have been engaged on Season 2 when it was popping out. I obtained very nervous that it could begin affecting my potential to simply drill into what we have been doing. However I’m keen to look at it. I simply wished to attend till we’ve launched this.
TVLINE | What you’d say to these people who find themselves into Yellowjackets to get them to take a look at The Wilds? And what does The Wilds add to that complete style that you simply suppose is completely different from Yellowjackets?
HARRIS | Properly, we got here first. [Laughs] In the event you love kind of the life and demise stakes of the teenage years, the exhibits are each exploring that, and that’s, to me, actually thrilling.
STREICHER | In the event you’re on the lookout for one thing the place the horror is just not so unrelenting [laughs], I believe The Wilds is a good looking choice. And the coming-of-age is sort of centered on the expertise itself slightly than the aftermath of the older youngsters, which brings in a very fascinating perspective. We’re fairly within the teenage second itself and the intricacies and difficulties there. So it’s a really completely different take. I’m so glad that they will coexist.
TVLINE | If there’s one million cop exhibits, why not two exhibits about teenage ladies stranded on islands or within the woods?
STREICHER | We have been being developed on the identical time. Actually, I bear in mind after I was rewriting the pilot per Jamie’s notes, she was like, “It’s a must to hurry up as a result of there’s one thing else on the market.” We went right into a panic. It was like, “All proper, let’s go!”