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Interview: ‘The Flight Attendant’ Showrunners Steve Yockey & Natalie Chaidez Talk Multiple Kayleys & Spinoff Options

When you are on as of an unpredictable and wild rip as The Flight Attendant has been, you need people you can trust in the cockpit piloting the craft. Showrunners, Steve Yockey and Natalie Chaidez are just the right people for the job. Season two of the HBO Max hit series, starring Kaley Cuoco as Cassie a recovering alcoholic flight attendant with a knack for getting herself into troublesome situations, offers more challenges than season one.

Season twos are never easy, with some series using it as an excuse to go into autopilot mode. Not Yockey and Chaidez. They used the sophomore season of The Flight Attendant to be ambitious as ever, while staying true to their characters and story. The biggest risk they took this season was having multiple Cassies played by Cuoco sharing the screen throughout the episodes. It was a decision that created incredible technical challenges to pull off, but the biggest special effect is Cuoco herself. Chaidez praised Kaley’s work, “It was an unbelievable performance by Kaley in addition to the nuance of every single Cassie has a little bit different makeup, a little bit different facial expression a little bit different body – she really stepped up to that challenge.”

The success of the series rests heavily on Cuoco’s multiple sets of shoulders, but also on commitment to proper storytelling. When asked if there is an endgame or is there the chance of spin-offs down the line, Yockey explained the approach after season one. “If we were going to tell a story in season one with a beginning, middle, and an end, that feels dramatically satisfying. So, if we get a second season, it’ll be like a new novel of Cassie Bowden as the flight attendant, and will tell a story with a beginning, middle and an end. I think at the end of any one of these seasons, our goal is to make it feel like that’s the end of the show.”

Since the series is set in the world of air travel there is literally a world of options to continue and evolve the series. We look forward to many more trip with Cassie and company. For more insights into the series, watch the full interview below.

The Flight Attendant airs on HBO Max with new episodes released each Thursday.

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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Screen Radar and Awards Circuit. He has conducted celebrity and red carpet interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names. He is a graduate of RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.
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