Spoiler alert: we’re about to break the Season 3 premiere of Fate Patrol. Haven’t watched yet? You know what to do.
Fate Patrol made an emotional, farting ass return to HBO Max on Thursday with the first three episodes of its long-awaited third season. (The remaining episodes will run weekly, until the Season 3 finale on Thursday, November 11.)
Here’s the abridged version of what happened: Dorothy “defeated” the Candlemaker with the power of friendship, freeing the Doom Patrollers from their wax prisons; Niles is officially dead, and without even having been able to join the almost constant phantom orgy of the mansion; Jane teamed up with her colleagues to destroy (then eat!) Miranda’s impostor and regain control; Niles’ spirit appeared to Cliff, revealing that he had sent the tapes to Clara (who is in labor!) In an attempt to mend their relationship; Rita inherited a mysterious key from Niles, who tasked her with keeping an eye on the inexplicable; Vic refused to help Ronnie again, earning a spot on his no-no list; Larry has gone in search of something the Negative Mind wants him to see; and Dorothy left town (in Danny Ambulance!) to give her father a proper burial.
The final moments of the premiere gave us a long-awaited production of Our city, followed by the untimely (and hilarious?) death of Isabel; the unforgettable introduction of Madame Rouge (when you have to go, you have to go!); and the return of Willoughby, who unearthed Niles’ body for reasons that will soon become disturbing.
Below, executive producer Jeremy Carver answers a few of our burning questions about the premiere:
TV LINE | It was such a satisfying episode to come back, mainly because we were still in the middle of the action. How would this premiere have been different if your schedule hadn’t been interrupted last season due to the pandemic?
In some ways, this is an extremely satisfying opener as it answers a lot of questions and gives certain storylines a proper ending, whereas a normal opener would have been a bit more infuriating and left more questions unanswered. Fans can also have their cake and eat it. We get a bit of everything with this one due to the circumstances.
TV LINE | Kicking off with Niles’ death was tough, but it definitely set the tone. How much of this season is devoted to the Doom Patrol accepting this complicated loss?
It is certainly a springboard at the start of the season. As people work through their reactions to his death, this process begins to manifest other paths of discovery for them. His death takes a step back, but it is still present in the way that the death of any kind of father figure – or significant figure in your life, good or bad – never quite fades away.
TV LINE | Speaking of disappearing, I was sorry Niles couldn’t join the phantom orgy before he left.
[Laughs] Law? It seemed like an oddly fitting way of watching him go.
TV LINE | With Niles out of sight, what is Dorothy’s place in this show and in this world?
I think Dorothy will always have a place in the show and in the universe. There is a path of exploration that she has to walk on her own in order to satisfy some of her unresolved issues, but she is still an integral part of this world.
TV LINE | On a lighter note, please show us the finished production of Our city. How does it feel to see that everything comes together?
Hats off to the episode’s writers. We had so much fun doing that. Everything about the execution worked for me, not least because of the dramatic effect it had on the characters, especially Rita. Anytime something can have the double stroke of being absurd and still having a real emotional impact, it’s a success.
TV LINE | And that led to the incredible arrival of Madame Rouge. I can’t believe the first thing you made Michelle Gomez do was pee in the street and then watch Isabel die.
[Laughs] We tried to take a really grounded look at time travel and the real realities of what it would mean to time travel. We landed on the fact that this was the longest road trip of your life so you have to go. As for Isabel, it was sad to see her disappear, but she is such a delightful presence on the show. We like it.
TV LINE | Does this cavalier reaction to Isabel’s death tell us a lot about who Madame Rouge is?
This tells us a lot about Madame Rouge that not even she realizes for herself yet. It kicks off that process of discovery for her, which is kind of a study of contradictions – she can’t quite know if she would be good or if she is bad. We’re leaving little clues both ways, and I think that’s what makes the fight even more baffling for her.
TV LINE | Is she going to be a completely different person by the end of the season?
I think you can expect Madame Rouge to end the season with a better understanding of herself, whether or not she wants to face certain truths. As far as being a completely different person goes, I would say – and I think the show would – you can try as hard as you can, but none of us can quite escape who we are. .
TV LINE | Another victory this week was Jane who defeated impostor Miranda, but all is not good now. How would you describe the state of the Underground in season 3?
The Underground was built as a place of protection for a deeply traumatized central figure. The structure itself and the characters within that structure begin to shatter as to what is actually best not only for the girl but for themselves. And it’s a potentially dangerous place to go.
TV LINE | Identity crisis already seems to be the theme of the season, even more so than usual. Who is going to have the biggest?
It’s pretty tough competition, but if you push me into a corner I would tell you to keep your eyes on Cyborg and the road of discovery he pursues.
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