'Atypical': Everything we can expect from Season 3
While Season 2 brought in the inclusivity factor to the show, probably most actors in the show will look forward to expanding more on their characters.
Creator Robia Rashid's show 'Atypical', starring Keir Gilchrist and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is set to return on Netflix for a third season. Unlike the first season which consisted of eight episodes, the third season is set to extend for up to 10 episodes, like the second season. The news of the show's return for a third season comes only a month and a half after Season 2's premiere on Netflix in September.
'Atypical' follows the story of Sam (played by Gilchrist) who is on the autism spectrum. However, Sam's story is as ordinary (yet extraordinary) as any other regular kid of his age as he tries to fit into the world that claims itself to be "normal" but is actually pretty messed up in itself. A penguin fanatic, a science geek, and an adorable best friend, Sam's quest to find true love lead him to discover the true meaning of friendship, brotherhood, and what it takes to be the "right guy". Other than focusing on Sam's plight to be the "normal" guy, the show also poses a very important question- what does it really mean to be normal?
Although initially, the show was criticized for being just another fantastic story about people in the spectrum, creator Rashid soon turned it all around when she began to bring in actors on the spectrum to play characters who are autistic. Unlike Season 1 which chiefly focused on Sam and his quest for true love, Season 2 was a lot more inclusive in its storytelling as it revolved around the people close to Sam revealing their personal difficulties, and ultimately establishing the fact that Sam is probably the most normal in the lot. Season 2 also saw Sam participating in a peer group, for which Rashid had picked up actors on the spectrum like Nikki Guttman, Domonique Brown, and Spencer Harte.
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Rashid too claimed that although these are not the kind of people that we interact with every day, their emotions and feelings are just as universal as anyone else's. Rashid explained, "I think people connect to these characters and this show because even though the characters are incredibly specific, the themes are very universal. Finding love, fitting in, finding your identity. Our actors bring it to life in such a beautiful way, and you can just read everything on their faces. And they’re so expressive and amazing that I think that comes out." While Season 2 brought in the inclusivity factor to the show, probably most actors in the show will look forward to expanding more on their characters.
During a conversation with Meaww, Nik Dodani who plays Sam's wise-sage friend Zahid mentioned that he would love to see where his character goes in Season 3. He said, " I would love to see more of Zahid, there are some plans for Zahid as he is trying to go to nursing school, which we saw a little bit of in Episode 6 of Season 2. You know, he will go to college and a lot more will happen." Dodani has already mentioned that Zahid will be heading towards college, it might take his friendship with Sam to a new level where the now-grown boys are left alone to deal with the world. While it might be a step forward for both of them, unlike Zahid- who is a pretty good orator and can indulge in any conversation- Sam might have to carry on with his wise friend's advises on life, love, and friendship.
While Zahid was set to get to nursing college, Sam's sister Casey is on the brink of an age where her very identity is put to question. In the last season, Casey had just managed to fit into her new school but as we saw it had its own consequences. Not that they were all bad, but it is time for Casey to set out on her own journey to discover herself, and finally embrace who she really is. Not just Sam's sister or a teen athletic star, but also an individual with her own choices and preferences. Season 2 had left us on a curious note since all characters were only beginning to get things together, and probably with Season 3, we will see these characters develop into individual beings outside Sam's context.
Other than Casey and Zahid setting out on their own adventures, we can expect that probably Sam's parents Doug and Elsa will be finally able to come to a conclusion about their marriage. For the most part of Season 2, the duo tried to compromise upon the fact that their marriage was hindered by Elsa's external affair. Probably by Season 3, we will see them bonding once again because this is the time when their children will need them the most.
Although the casting for Season 3 is not yet confirmed it can be assumed that the series regulars such as Gilchrist (Sam), Michael Rapaport (Doug), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Elsa), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Casey), Amy Okuda (Julia), Nik Dodani (Zahid), and Jenna Boyd (Paige) will be back to resume their respective roles. Also, we can expect that Seth Gordon and Mary Rohlich will return alongside Rashid to executive produce the show. Probably Dr. Michael Dean ( a faculty of CSU Channel Island) who served as the series' autism consultant will return along with David Finch, as the show's autism advisor. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.