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The Flight Attendant thrilled fans with a twisty murder mystery during its first season, following airline worker Cassie Bowden as she woke up beside a dead body and desperately tried to work out what happened to the man.
With season two of the HBO Max thriller having just landed in the US, and due to reach UK shores next month, Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) has a rather different path to navigate as she learns to juggle her flight attendant job with her new side gig as a CIA asset, while she also battles to remain sober following her long struggle with alcoholism.
The show's bosses Steve Yockey and Natalie Chaidez have teased some details to TVLine about what to expect from Cassie in season two, with Yockey revealing that her recovery from alcoholism is going to be a huge part of her ongoing "emotional journey".
"At the end of season 1, she's got her white chip, she's been sober for a day, and aren't we all excited for her?" he said. "But it's a lot more work than that, and it takes a long time.
"As thoughtfully as we could within our show, we wanted to lean into the process of recovery. So, if season 1 was a journey to recovery, season 2 is navigating that recovery."
The showrunners also promised that we can expect to see more of Cassie's 'mind palace' in the new season, although this time she won't be speaking to murder victim Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman), but rather various different versions of herself.
This includes Gold Dress Cassie, who represents the person that she was before Alex's murder, and Black Hole of Joy Cassie.
"Thematically, I thought about: what do you do with this dark side of yourself that you finally admit exists?" Chaidez explained. "That means there's two of you, and that led me to this theme of doubles, which is a very Hitchcockian theme. And then Steve kind of took that big idea and came up with 'the Cassettes'."
Yockey added that the unusual set-up enables Cassie to handle the darker aspects of herself, saying that fans will "get to watch her across the course of eight episodes figure out how to accept all these pieces of herself and bring them together into one whole identity".
The different 'mind palace' versions of Cassie also gave The Big Bang Theory star Cuoco an opportunity to explore different roles within one, with Chaidez explaining that the show's bosses made it a "priority" to give the Emmy Award-nominated actress a greater variety of material to work with.
"I think season 1 so surprised people with what they thought of as a very comedic actress could do," she said. "We felt that there was further to go. Sure enough, there is, and it's really exciting to watch."
Season two of The Flight Attendant also introduces Hollywood star Sharon Stone as Cassie's mum Lisa Bowden, but Cassie may not be getting much comfort from her as Lisa is lacking "any patience or goodwill to offer her daughter after a lifetime of dealing with her alcoholism".
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