Them: Covenant's Shahadi Wright on Us and Lovecraft Country comparisons

David Opie, Joe Anderton
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Amazon Prime's Them: Covenant is an anthology horror series set in the 1950s, featuring a Black family who moves into an all-white neighbourhood. As the series unfolds, the family witness the evil of both the supernatural, and of the society they live in.

Comparisons have been made between the series and both Lovecraft County and Jordan Peele's Us, with some people saying that these works are "centred around the white gaze" rather than being for a Black audience.

Star Shahadi Wright Joseph stars in Us and Them, so she obviously has a unique perspective on the comparisons and differences.

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the star said: "I can most definitely see how people are making comparisons to Us because of the trailer, just because of the whole pronoun thing.

"But Us was not even about race at all. It was about classicism and immigration. It was about American privilege.

"Them is strictly based on racism, especially in the Jim Crow Era, but I see how people could make comparisons to Lovecraft Country because of the time setting. I feel like when they see Them, they're going to change their opinion because they are completely different."

Photo credit: Amazon Prime
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

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A second season was ordered the same time as the first, and although casting hasn't been announced yet, Shahadi is up for coming back as a completely different character.

All ten episodes of Them: Covenant are now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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