We are now in two episodes Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail, and things have already started to get pretty crazy. The first episode, “Hittin ‘The Trail,” sent residents of a dusty little town on the eponymous trail, with a preacher (Daniel Radcliffe as Ezekiel Brown) and an outlaw (Steve Buscemi as Benny The Teen ) accompanying them to a land of, if not great promises, than greater resources. And, as she has done every season, Geraldine Viswanathan has stepped up to help lead the unruly group—this time as Prudence Aberdeen, the suppressed wife of the city’s richest man, Todd Aberdeen (Jon Bass).
In the second episode, the townspeople try out “Ford The River” and things go as well as expected. Everyone is in Benny’s grip, so they listen to him about everything from dinner on the bald eagle to one of their neighbors abandoning it to cross the river. When Zeke challenges the group’s decision to leave someone behind, he almost drowns, but is saved by Prudence, who allegedly did everything to get away from a pair of stoned proto-influencers played by Jordan Firstman and Shay Mitchell. . These extreme developments are foreshadowed at the start of the episode, when Benny tells Zeke, “There is no morality on the trail. This is kill or be killed. ”They have already been touched upon in“ Hittin ‘The Trail, ”as Prudence suggested to Zeke that he might be allowed to“ do a little harm for a lot of good ”.
Naturally, co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Geraldine Viswanathan also have a sense of the moral compromises in store for Zeke, Prudence, and the rest of the group (and maybe even Benny, who seems to be taking notice). The AV Club spoke to Radcliffe and Viswanathan about the dark times to come, as the group grow increasingly desperate. Miracle workers has always explored notions of goodness and worth, whether in the context of the first season of a Weary God (played by Buscemi) who was willing to completely undo His creation because it was not perfect, or the questioning of season two on the values of a bygone era. Viswanathan says Zeke will be wondering how to stay good while trying to keep everyone alive: “He’s got this very black and white sense of morality.” The stakes are high on the track, and you have to choose your battles.
For Radcliffe, the darkest hour is in episode nine: “I don’t mean what it is, but we wouldn’t do an Oregon Trail series if it wasn’t for an episode of the. party Give. So people make real compromises. He was impressed with the writers’ ability to balance an overly dark reality with the show’s sharp humor, so he texted them to say, “Well done. I think you did something impossible, which was to write a comedy about something really, really horrible.
Caution will apparently not be around for this possible turn to cannibalism, but, as with previous seasons, the fortunes of Radcliffe and Viswanathan’s characters are intertwined, allowing them to show off their killer chemistry. Couples have always leaned toward the romantic, and Radcliffe says season three will explore that possibility further than previous outings. Viswanathan believes their season three characters have the best chance of having a lasting relationship, no matter how bad their circumstances.
Throughout the series, Viswanathan has portrayed characters who oppose their prescribed roles, whether it’s Eliza from the first season trying to do more than the bare minimum to keep the skies running or d ‘Al from the second season rejecting oppressive and medieval social norms. In the second episode of season three, Prudence told her whiny and privileged husband that she would no longer be playing the role of the docile and obedient wife. As for pushing the constraints of real life or getting stuck in another rut, creative, Viswanathan and Radcliffe feel lucky. could have avoided the cast. Viswanathan acknowledges that “the world can be limited at times, but there are also limits that you set for yourself,” while Radcliffe says he once worried about whether the industry would be able to see him as somebody else. ‘one other than Harry Potter. ” But youou keep doing things and stay active and find people who will try your hand at something else. This is how I handled it, “says Radcliffe, observing that he was fortunate enough to have avoided being” dissatisfied or creatively blocked. ”
The production of season three was markedly different from previous years, and not just because the setting is the Oregon Trail. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, new guidelines and safety measures have been implemented, meaning that during filming, the cast members were the only ones who never had masks on. This led to what Viswanathan calls “the ‘guess that mouth’ game. It was really weird not seeing anyone’s mouth except the other actors. As a cast, we glimpsed one of the team members in [craft services] without their masks, and it was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s not the face I imagined.’ “Radcliffe interjected,” We walked up to each other and said, “Did you See how handsome Joey is without his mask? He has a big mouth.
Things will get complicated on Oregon Trail, but Radcliffe also wants viewers to pay attention to a “crazy dance number” in the fourth episode: “By far, this is one of the craziest things I’ve done on this set or on n ‘ any plateau, frankly. “