(Warning: This article contains spoilers for HBO Max’s “The Other Two” Season 2 finale.)
The finale of the second season of HBO Max’s âThe Other Twoâ ended last Thursday with an episode that switched from Brooke (HelÃ©ne Yorke) and Carey (Drew Tarver) to focus on the other two more that these siblings have overlooked all season: their ultra-overbooked and ultra-popular talk show host mom, Pat (Molly Shannon), and their ultra-famous singer who isn’t licensed to sing. younger brother, ChaseDreams (Case Walker).
Brooke and Carey were finally forced to notice how they piled things on top of their family members and ignored them at the same time, when Pat is admitted to hospital for dehydration during the Chase fashion show – an event that ‘he didn’t even want to. throw because all he wants is to sing.
Due to the good-natured interference of Streeter (Ken Marino), the family are given the opportunity to go on vacation together to bond and heal. But Brooke and Carey – who both have big breaks coming up the following week – find themselves with a tough choice between connecting with their family and pursuing their careers.
Below, see TheWrap’s interview with “The Other Two” creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider on why Brooke and Carey made different decisions at the end of Season 2, and how the recently renewed show (which aired its first season on Comedy Central and whose second was delayed due to the pandemic before launching on the new HBO Max home) will likely move forward for its third season.
TheWrap: How did you decide that Brooke and Carey would both face the same decision – whether or not to go on vacation with their family – and make different choices: she would attend the trip, despite her chance to start working as Alessia? Cara manager that week, and him to stay to start filming “Night Nurse”, a role that will finally launch his acting career?
Sarah Schneider: We wanted to make sure Brooke and Carey had a decision to make. They both have their things they’ve been striving for all season which both start on Monday. And clearly, their family needs them, and that has to start on Monday as well. We liked setting it up as a decision they both have to make, and what are they going to do? Then we liked the idea that Carey made the right decision not to go. Even though his family needs it, he needs it even more. And we loved that by watching it you kind of understood that it’s true and the family is okay with it. It was a difficult decision, but unfortunately it is the way to go.
Chris Kelly: Yes, we really talked about it a lot. We really wanted you to be happy for Carey that he wasn’t gone, which is a hard thing to achieve because you don’t want him to look like a jerk to his family, and his family. gonna be like, ‘You’re the black sheep! We hate you for not coming. But we felt like during the season, yeah, Brooke should probably go. Because Brooke spent the whole season wanting to be a real manager and we wanted her to feel like a drag manager at the start of the season.
She kept joking about Alessia Cara and she wanted to feel legitimate and real. And in episode 9, she had Alessia Cara. So it’s like I wanted it and I got it. So whether or not she remains Alessia Cara’s manager is a bit irrelevant – the mere fact that someone like Alessia Cara said, “You got me. I want you. You are my. peer. That was kind of all Brooke needed to get her to go with her family. But I think we like that Carey said, ‘No, damn. It’s my turn.’
SS: And we love that Streeter came, not just because Streeter is there, but in fact, finally, after two seasons of posture as a family member, he stood up and was a family member giving this trip that is planned for Pat to the family. He recognizes that it is the most parental and family thing he can do. And that sort of thing got him the place there, when he saw outside of himself and seen what the people he loved needed for themselves. This truly selfless act is what finally got her accepted into the family.
TheWrap: You just received your Season 3 renewal on Friday. Where do you see things going in ‘The Other Two’ Season 3, given where the Season 2 finale left everyone, especially with Pat overwhelmed by her talk show and Chase still wanting to sing, despite Brooke not letting him do it anymore?
SS: We kind of intentionally left it a bit open in all areas because at the end of the first season, we really cataloged ourselves. Chase is in college and Pat has a talk show. So we immediately had to deal with those two things in a very concrete form, and that was difficult. So in Season 3, we liked the idea that it could go a number of ways and leave it open.
CK: I also don’t want to get attached to this answer I’m about to give, but I also think we’ve talked a lot about a little time jump because obviously the final ends on March 13, 2020. So I can tell you now, Season 3 won’t be like real-time COVID. By no means will this be a very special COVID season. But we talked a little bit about maybe taking a time jump or somethingâ¦ Case Walker, the kid who plays Chase, is getting old.
I’m not really sure. I think that’s kind of what’s good about the way we ended Season 2, is that Pat might still have his show – or not. Anyone can be anywhere. The world is about to change so drastically that we can kind of make whatever decisions we want, really.
TheWrap: What about Brooke and Lance’s romantic future, which has remained very open after she decided to shut things up before even giving her a chance to tell her he broke up with her? girlfriend after him and Brooke screwed up their friendship by masturbating in front of each other?
CK: I think at the end of season 1 she fell in love with Lance a little bit and wanted to get back together and he said no. I think she didn’t want to make the same mistakes again. So she said to me, “I’m going to do preventively what you did to me.” But I also think she was really excited throughout the season that they were friends again. At the start of the season, she says to me: ‘I don’t want to be your friend. I don’t know how to be your friend. You attract me. We have a story. How could I be like a platonic friend to you?
I think she was so proud that she believed him. But I think she’s also f-ing pissed off that it ruined itself. So we’re not really sure. I mean, we love Josh Segarra. So he’s going to be on the show one way or another, but we’re not sure exactly what to do with them.
SS: We just think Brooke is such an exaggerated, strong, but wrong character. And he founds her, knows exactly what she needs, knows how to support her and pick her up when she needs it. So we just love the two as a pair.