Entertainment Hacks creators tease what's in store for season 2 post dramatic finale
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The hit series' first season ended with quite a cliffhanger on Thursday night.
And the creators behind HBO Max’s new hit Hacks – Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky – are teasing the various directions the show may take in the next season, after the emotional fireworks that ended the first.
The group spoke to bothand ahead of the season finale, to discuss the major 'fallout' on the horizon for the fraught relationship between the series's two main characters: Ava, played by Hannah Einbinder, and Deborah, brought to life by the unparalleled Jean Smart.
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'They’re in a really good place right now, but there’s trouble afoot,' Aniello teased to EW.
'Ava, in an immature impulsive moment sent an email to those British writers, giving all the dirt on Deborah and concerning how far they’ve come, the idea that there’s something floating out there that fully will disrupt that equilibrium of peacefulness and happiness is something that Ava’s going to have to deal with in a major way.'
That email, of course, was the result of a drinking binge and desire to get revenge against the pompous Deborah, after a particularly grueling fight with the comedy diva that involved her slapping Ava.
Added Statsky, 'What you see happens is that Deborah is obviously so hurt by feeling betrayed by Ava and as she speaks to it in episode 9 and the episode before letting someone in the way she let Ava in is similar to the way she let her husband in and was betrayed years ago.
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'And so this wound is so fresh to her now. And so their emotions are super heightened in that scene.'
Aniello also discussed the difference between conceiving where to go with season two of the show, as opposed to writing season one before it became a hit.
'I think it’s really interesting now that people are reacting to it and seeing it and starting to feel a little bit, maybe even ownership over some of these characters in a way that I think is cool,' she shared with Collider.
'It’ll be interesting to see how that affects our writing moving forward, because we really wrote Season 1 in a full vacuum. No one knows during any Season 1, you know? So you write based on what you feel you want to say.'
Earlier this month, it was announced that HBO Max has renewed Hacks for a second season.
The comedy series stars Smart as an aging, iconiccomic, and Einbinder as a comedy writer described by the streamer as 'an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.'
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HBO Max said that Hacks is 'consistently ranking in the top ten most viewed titles,' according to, and has been 'top performer' on the platform.
The hit show marks yet another recent victory for the inimitable Smart, originally of Designing Women fame.
The veteran actress, 69, has also recently appeared in acclaimed television fare such as Mare of Easttown and Emmy Award-winning Watchmen, both also on HBO Max, as well as FX's Legion.
'Hacks' is the best comedy you're probably not watching .
Luckily, you'll have a chance to catch up and more episodes to tune into - HBO Max just ordered another season of the Jean Smart-starring hit.In truth, that title belongs to "Hacks," the whip-smart, biting, and thoroughly satisfying comedy that's streaming on HBO Max and quietly emerged as one of the most surprising, thoughtful series you'll see this year.