After several blurry flashbacks, The Flight Attendant finally gave us a look at the mysterious Miranda. And according to series developer Steve Yockey, this won’t be the last we’ll be seeing of this mysterious red-headed woman, or of Zosia Mamet’s level-headed and secret-loving Annie. Spoilers ahead for The Flight Attendant Episodes 1 through 3.
HBO Max’s latest drama starts with its central character, Cassie (Kaley Cuoco), at her lowest. After a wild date night, Cassie wakes up next to the murdered corpse of her latest hookup. Most of The Flight Attendant’s first episode revolved around Cassie panicking over what happened and trying to convince herself she’s not capable of murder. But as Cassie calms down she slowly starts to remember there was another woman in the room the night poor Alex (Michiel Huisman) died: Miranda.
Episodes 2 and 3 follow Cassie as she visits Alex’s office and his wake, desperate to find out more about the mysterious Miranda. And in Episode 3 as she’s returning to New York she gets her wish. While on the train, Miranda (Michelle Gomez) appears and starts to chase the drunken Cassie.
Ultimately she gets away, but Yockey told Decider there will be more of Miranda to come. Following the format of Chris Bohjalian’s book of the same name, we will be seeing more and more of this series from Miranda’s perspective. In fact, we have an entire Miranda-centric episode to look forward to in this miniseries’ future.
But that’s not all Yockey told Decider. The executive producer also opened up about Cassie’s relationship with her best friend Annie (Zosia Mamet). As the series explores, these two women have a deeply complicated friendship. They don’t know basic things about each other, like that Annie is semi-dating a coder named Max, but Annie is willing to put her career on the line to help Cassie. In fact, she does that very thing in Episode 3, which is the only way Cassie was allowed to leave Alex Sokolov’s wake in one piece.
“I think Cassie and Annie are best friends. There’s a journey that they both have to go through in the series, of being honest with each other,” Yockey explained. “What is Annie doing with her creepy third cellphone and her meetings with guys with bloody fists? Why didn’t Cassie know about Max? Those sorts of things. What is it about Annie that makes her keep these secrets? The same can be said for Cassie in a much larger sense. Why isn’t she being honest with Annie of what’s going on inside her head.”
Yockey also teased that we would be learning more about Mamet’s character in the weeks to come. “I think Annie’s journey really — 5, 6, 7 I would call the Annie corridor. Because we’ve got these great moments from Zosia in her portrayal of that character. She provides such an amazing foil to the frenetic energy that Cassie has. Annie is more stoic, more controlled, more calculated in a lot of ways. She’s the more grounded of the two of them,” Yockey said. “I think they’re fantastic in teams together, but as their friendship starts to deteriorate under the stress that they are both experiencing, it becomes a lot more honest and, I think, a lot more difficult to watch.”
Episodes 4 and 5 of The Flight Attendant premiere on HBO Max Thursday, December 3. They will then be followed by Episodes 6 and 7 on December 10 and the finale on December 17.
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