You’ve been teasing the wheel or the circle since the series began and we almost saw it in action. Was it always the plan to never show it work?
When that image was first created at the very beginning of the series, it was basically just a, “Here’s a neat symbol that connects our characters.” We knew much about the end of the show from the beginning. We knew Stan’s secret [and] who wrote the journals. We had a hunch about the situations that would play out in the grand finale, but the exact significance of that, and whether it would even appear in the show, is something that was originally not something we had invented yet. As we were getting closer to the conclusion, it seemed fitting that Bill’s mysterious Zodiac would play a part in the finale. Ultimately, the show is about characters and their choices. If our characters were to simply hold hands and Care Bear stare Bill to death, that wouldn’t mean a whole lot. It wouldn’t represent any real personal growth or conflict in our main character’s personality. We thought it would be fitting for there to be a moment related to that sense of prophecy, [but] ultimately we wanted this to come down to that decision of [Ford] potentially sacrificing everything he knows on Stan’s part and the chance for Ford to see Stan’s nobleness in action and regret thinking of his brother as selfish.
It was nice to see Stan pull one last con and save the day. How did you decide to have Stan be a hero in the end?
In terms of Stan and his brother’s conflict, we always wanted a moment where Ford saw that he was wrong. Ford’s spent an entire life imagining himself as this lone solitary hero and imagining his brother as this bumbling leech. From a narrative point of view, for Ford to see Stan be the hero finally lets Ford see the true side of his brother that he’s been too blinded by pride to see.
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