I’ve been a silent supporter of the Audience Network original series Mr. Mercedes. As a big fan of the books by Stephen King, it already caught my eye, but the execution of that first season was pretty stellar, to say the least. Now, with their upcoming second season on the horizon, I couldn’t help but wonder how they’d adapt the rest of the trilogy for the small screen. Now, after checking out the new trailer, it’s very clear which direction they took.
In the trailer, we see that they will be shifting focus completely on Brady Hartsfield and his relationship with Hodges. We will see our titular villain in a coma for most of the season, but he will somehow manage to gain control of many other folks and use them as puppets to carry out his will. You know, pretty typical Stephen King stuff.
This is fantastic news for those who really wanted to see where the show would go after Brady got his brain caved in, but for those who read that second book, it may be a bit of a letdown, as it will not incorporate anything from Finders Keepers, the second novel in the trilogy, as executive producer Jack Bender revealed to LRM at Comic-Con a couple weeks back when I asked if they’d be taking in the main plot from that book:
“The answer is no, in terms of the writer and the kids and all of that, which is brilliant, I love that book. We wanted to start where the season ended, which we do. The writers and I talked a lot about how to do that very thing and it was tricky, and we did. One of the things that I thought was a responsibility of the show, which we touch upon during the season, is the ramifications of that come of evil in the world.”
“Whenever we do things that are s**tty, and Brady is beyond s**tty, there are repercussions. The idea that one horrible violent act can affect so many, and destroy so many lives, and take so many lives was something that I really felt was important to try to touch upon. Certainly when you start with those other characters, it does. We only could touch upon it, and then we decided to bring up some of the third book into the second season as we did. A lot of it had to deal with how do we deal with our main characters and what are we going to do with Brady given where we left him. A lot of the season had to do with that.”
“I walked a tightrope, and felt it was really part of the most important part of my task was to walk a tightrope because the series this season gets us a little more into Stephen Kingdom as I call it, in terms of the mind and the capability of the mind and all this stuff we live surrounded by. I fought to keep the character first focus of the show alive and well.”
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SOURCE: Audience Network