Pose fans might be disappointed that the groundbreaking FX drama is ending after just three seasons… but co-creator Steven Canals says this was all part of the plan.
“From the moment that [co-creator] Ryan Murphy and I first met to talk about what Pose could be, we had a very specific ending in mind. And if you watch this season, and more specifically the story we tell in the finale, that was what it was always intended to be,” Canals explained during a virtual press conference for Season 3 (debuting this Sunday, May 2 at 10/9c). “If you go back to the first season, everything was a set-up for this final chapter. Stories have a beginning, middle and an end, and this final season was the end of this three-act narrative that we’ve been telling.”
Season 3, which jumps forward in time to 1994, allows Blanca, Pray Tell and company “to explore what it means to have all of the things that they very clearly stated in the first season that they wanted,” he added. “This final season is an exploration into: ‘Once you’ve accomplished the dream, is it everything that you wanted? Is it everything that you wished it would be? Is it quite as shiny as you imagined it to be?”
The Pose writers did discuss continuing the show beyond Season 3, Canals revealed, and they “certainly could have continued to create narrative around these characters and this world.” But as a self-declared “true lover of television” himself, he hates it when he’s watching a show and he “can tell this season just feels like filler.” He didn’t want to “create narrative simply to create narrative, and with no real intention,” so “I think we all agreed that it just made sense to land the plane comfortably, if you will.”
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