Doubt will provide fans with “some resolution” by the end of Season 1, however, the finale will also leave the door ajar for an unlikely Season 2 with a ‘knockout twist,’ showrunners Joan Rater and Tony Phelan tease Yahoo:
Will we see the Billy Brennan case play out across the whole first season?
Phelan: Yeah, that’ll play out across the 13, and we promise the audience some resolution by episode 13. But Joan and I are fond of saying we have this twist in episode 13, which is just a knockout. I think the audience, if they invest in the show, they’re going to be very satisfied at the end.
Rater: We were inspired by a lot of things, and one thing that inspired us was the Serial podcast, the first season. What was fascinating to Tony and I was that the more you found out about the case, the less certain you became. One week, you know, it would seem very clear that [Adnan Syed] did it, and the next week, it would seem very clear that he didn’t. I think that’s really true, that these cases are complex and complicated, and to take the audience on a ride is really exciting.
Phelan: You want to, in doing a show like this, present most of the cases as existing in a gray area so that the audience and our attorneys go back and forth about how they feel about the people and the amount of guilt or innocence of any one person. If you can do that, that’s what I, as an audience member, find really engaging.
Is Doubt as dead as the early ratings/cancellation reaper suggest? Stay tuned…