Exclusive: Pose boss Steven Canals explains season 3 changes

Dan Seddon, David Opie
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Photo credit: Pari Dukovic/FX
Photo credit: Pari Dukovic/FX

Pose season 3's time jump has been addressed by co-creator Steven Canals.

In an exclusive interview with Digital Spy, the TV boss walked us through the decision behind this leap to 1994 and how it sets the brand-new episodes apart from what's gone before.

"I think what's exciting about the jumps for us has always been that you get to see the evolution of the characters," he began.

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

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"That's not to say that we couldn't do a direct pickup and you wouldn't see it, but I think more often than not in television, you tend to see this massive change in a character, from one season to the next. And in reality, it's only been like two months.

"How did they change that much in two months? Jumping two to four years ahead allows us to then really show the way that these characters have evolved," Canals elaborated.

As it happens, the Big Apple's "ground zero" standing during the HIV AIDS epidemic also came into play.

"The other thing is that New York City, where I was born and raised, is also, in many ways, an unspoken character on the show. So a lot of what was happening in New York at the time, and a lot of what was happening for the LGBTQ+ community, is also critically important in the story that we're telling.

Photo credit: Pari Dukovic/FX
Photo credit: Pari Dukovic/FX

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"This season, we spend a lot of time focused on the HIV AIDS epidemic, and the way that it's impacting the greater community. 1994 was the height of the HIV epidemic, especially in New York, which was really ground zero for it. So it was really important for us to contextualise and ground the story in that time period.

"The other thing is that when we pick up this third season, Blanca's now working as a nurse's aide on the HIV ward. So she's working beside Nurse Judy, and she also has a new lover, Christopher, who's a doctor that also works on the AIDS ward as well," continued Canals.

"We wanted to evolve Blanca's story of being the caretaker, of being the nurturer, of being the mum. So we thought a lot about: 'What's the evolution of that? How do we take all of that to the next level with her?'

"For us, it felt like, 'Oh, with all of her skills, it makes so much sense that she would want to work in a hospital where her caretaking ability will be at its best use.' And her being an HIV positive woman – it just made sense for us to place her there."

Pose season 3 currently airs on FX in the US, while a UK release date has not yet been confirmed.

Organisations including amFAR, Terrence Higgins Trust and the National Aids Trust (NAT) can provide further information on research, testing and treatment for both HIV and AIDS.

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