'Cloak and Dagger' creator Joe Pokaski breaks down season 2 finale, says Tandy and Tyrone put each other on a pedestal
'Cloak and Dagger' season 2 saw Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson face Andre Deschaine aka D'Spayre in the finale, here's the break down of the episode by creator Joe Pokaski!
The second season of 'Cloak and Dagger' concluded May 30 and we saw Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson face Andre Deschaine, fight him and win. Finally, they leave together to a different city following a lead about missing girls. The finale was action-packed and the ending indicated possibilities about how the show could shape up if it was renewed for a third season.
In an exclusive conversation with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), creator of the show Joe Pokaski, who also debuted as a director this season with the episode 'Viking Town,' spoke about the possibility of the third season. Speaking about season 3, Pokaski recalled how it is great to work with the writers' room for 'Cloak and Dagger' because a lot of times the writers explore themes that are not necessarily included in the current season, but it spills onto the next one.
For instance, a lot of Tandy's relationship with her father, or Tyrone's with the perfection expected of him were discussed during season 1. Speaking of this, the creator of the show said, "I think the beauty of Tandy and Tyrone's characters, the beauty of my writers' room, is that we're always working about certain things that aren't necessarily right for this season but are interesting to explore and part of season 1 was that there's so much left over to talk about with Tandy's relationship with her father, Tyrone's with perfection that they spilled a lot into season 2. We're very lucky to have a lot of our writers come back from season to season, and I think as we look towards the potential of a season 3, it's about really taking some of these stories we didn't get a chance to tell in 10 episodes and figuring out if and how they fit into the next season coming up."
One of the best scenes in the finale was when Tandy and Tyrone enter the Rabbit Hole and as they face Andre, they fight that which they are most nervous or anxious to stand up to. Speaking about this scene, Pokaski said, "I think as we started breaking season 2, the writers and I realized that even though we are getting bigger in scope with things like human trafficking, this, in a weird way, became even more personal than season 1 as to what Tandy and Tyrone were dealing with."
He further added, "So, I think it came in steps where we realized we wanted them to fight what is the biggest obstacle in their lives right now. For Tandy, it's kind of the spectre of her father and we love the idea, kind of the wish fulfillment, of being able to stand up to a father who was abusive to your mother and then for Tyrone it was about kind of just fighting the perfect version of himself. We, you know, we talked a lot in the room about how young black men are held to a standard much higher than really anyone else where they have to be perfect or they are negligible. Aubrey, I thought, played both sides of that really well."
When the two switch sides to fight each other's obstacle and stand up for each other, visually the scene flits between Tandy and Tyrone. Each stands up for each other despite their flaws and it is an important development in Tandy and Tyrone's relationship.
Adding further to this, Pokaski said, "The idea is that your friends and family can see the good in you that you can't necessarily see. That you can always see someone else's problems a little more clearly than you can see your own so I think there's something really special on the Tandy and Tyrone relationship where they put each other on a pedestal. Tandy sees Tyrone as this amazing human being, where Tyrone, can't always see it. Tyrone sees Tandy as you know, he literally says 'she rose from the ashes of this fire you created and she became this amazing thing'. So it's felt like the best version of a battle for us with both of them fighting for each other and kind of in a cool mirror way."
Pokaski also explained how the show evolved throughout the season and smaller elements, such as the call between Tyrone and Adina in episode 9 or the way Mayhem and Brigid came together in episode 8 evolved as they worked on the show.
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