Why Y: the Last Man had to kill this major character
Y: The Last Man showrunner Eliza Clark spoke about the turn at the end of the season and what it was like to let go of a main character on the show.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Victoria,” the Season 1 finale of Y: The Last Man.
Given its post-apocalyptic setting, it was inevitable that Y: The last man would include a character’s death, but that doesn’t necessarily make the principals less offensive to audiences – or easier for writers.
Showrunner Eliza Clark spoke to CBR about a twist that happened in the series finale and why it was difficult to keep up with the script that had been in the works from the start. Roxanne, played by Missi Pyle, staged an attack on Marrisville that ended badly, sparking a lengthy altercation between her and Nora. Ultimately, Roxanne was shot by Nora, who later took on the role of leader of the Daughters of the Amazons, revealing that her real name was Victoria.
“That was always the plan,” Clark said of the game-changing scene. “The plan has always been for Nora to become Victoria, and the person you think is the leader of the Daughters of the Amazons is going to have to die.”
However, Clark had some doubts along the way. “I’ll say killing Missi Pyle was like the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my career… Like, I want to work with Missi for the rest of my life. And she didn’t make it easy. Every now and then she would say, ‘Hey Eli, maybe I don’t die …’ “
In the Y: The last man comics, Victoria is initially presented as the mastermind of the Daughters of the Amazon. When asked why the show kept this reveal for the end of the season, Clark said, “There are a few answers to that question. The first is that I’m a huge fan of the comics, and the way I think about adaptation is that you don’t want to watch the thing you love already word for word, because the thing you love exists, and you can read it whenever you want! “
“Then I also felt like this was one of the stories that needed to be updated,” she continued. “I think the Victoria of the comics works great in 2002, but I feel like there’s so much more depth to go for this character, and I’m interested in how Nora’s anger and his inability to have relief because that’s what creates a truly dangerous person in this world. “
Based on the acclaimed DC Comics series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the ten episodes of Y: The last man Season 1 is now streaming on Hulu.
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