Saturday, 17 May 2014

Hayley Atwell says Agent Carter will have 8 Episodes

Though Atwell’s character is getting her own series — rather than a one-shot or a part in another hero’s film — Agent Carter will only run for a short first season consisting of 8 episodes. However, Atwell explained that showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have planned both outward and inward battles for Carter in the show’s first season:

“I think over the arc of the 8 episodes there will be very different facets to who she is, which won’t disappoint the fans in making sure that she has a story within herself as well as the stories of each episode fighting who she fights against and still battling with her own demons and losing the love of her life and what a personal cost to her that is. So there’s many different ideas behind who she is and I think she’s going to become more interesting.”

One heartening aspect of Agent Carter’s limited season is that the show’s story must be compact in order to fit within those 8 episodes. So, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have suffered from having to fill out a 22-episode season (especially during those first 16 episodes), the story arc and character development for Agent Carter must be fully planned out and executed within a much shorter span of time. Though Agent Carter is running on ABC, perhaps the showrunners could take notes from other series with shorter seasons, like HBO’s True Detective.

Many fans may be disappointed by the limited run of the show’s debut season, but after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. failed to meet expectations, 8 episodes might be the perfect number to test the waters before viewers – and the network – decide to commit to Agent Carter.

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