‘Chucky’ Season 2 Finale: Don Mancini, Zachary Arthur Interview

By | November 27, 2022

Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers for “Chucky Actually” Season 2 synopsis of “Chucky” on Syfy and USA Network.

The night before Christmas and all over the house, Chuckie was using a chainsaw to stab the mayor through her skirt.

In the season 2 finale of “Chucky,” the happily-killer toy chose Christmas Eve to reveal that he’s not dead after his exorcism in last week’s finale. But does anyone really believe that the power of Christ is so compelling to him?

After being introduced to the mysterious Good Guy doll by his now-deceased associate Dr. Mixter (Rosemary Dunsmore), Chucky finally moves in on those meddling kids Jake (Zachary Arthur), Devon (Bjørvin Arnarsson) and Lexi (Alivia Alyn Lind). ).

While Chucky is most closely associated with Halloween, which kicked off Season 2, creator Don Mancini took the opportunity to bookend the season with some Yuletide cheer from the world’s worst puppet.

“Chucky’s favorite color is blood, just like Tiffany’s favorite color is diamonds,” he said. Difference. “Blood and green. It’s perfect for Christmas, and decorating the halls with blood — especially Mayor Michelle’s blood — was perfect for the occasion.”

That particularly unfortunate victim, played by Barbara Allyn Woods, was the last parent standing for the trio of teenagers at the center of the show — that is, before Chucky decorated the nearby Christmas tree with her. But now orphans Chuckie and Tiffany (still in Jennifer Tilly’s body) don’t sit idly by as they ruin Christmas. They hit back for the first time when Jake stabs Tiffany and the three nearly trap her.

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Arthur Jake’s journey this season is largely defined by his guilt over Chucky blowing up his foster brother in the premiere. He clings to the possibility of redemption, which makes him believe that there is a good chance. But those hopes are gone, and with only a few people left alive, Jake reverts to the dark instincts that took on Chucky in Season 1.

Arthur says: “He’s not a killer going around, he’s a bit evil when he stabs Tiffany. “This is the first time we’ve seen these kids act violently against other people. Considering everything that’s happened, it’s not far-fetched to think that Jake, Devon, and Lexi could be headed down a dark path.”

At the end of the episode, their teacher finds some solace in the return of Miss Fairchild (Annie M. Briggs), who was previously responsible for Chucky’s murders. Arthur is happy but says Miss F remembers how many people are still standing.

“The children fall into her hands, and this really shows that they have no one else to trust,” he said. “In Miss F, they feel that this is someone they can trust and this is something new for them.”

Mancini said their showdown with Tiffany — ultimately played by Caroline, Lexie’s younger sister and Chucky’s new partner — would be key to aligning the TV series’ teenage heroes with the film’s legacy characters, Andy (Alex Vincent) and Kyle (Kristen Elise). ), the show should be renewed for Season 3.

“It’s meant to be cathartic in a way,” he said. “These kids have taken so much from these characters and been manipulated, and I think it’s important to have that moment of aggression against the enemy. Moving forward, they join Andy and Kyle among the riders who must come to the rescue.

Speaking of Chucky’s battle-hardened surviving support group, Mancini said that in the final moments of Episode 7, Andy and Kyle saw Chucky finally believe he was dead (he was linked to real footage from when they were innocent children in 1990’s “Play 2”).

“Are you going into that well-earned sunset, or are you back where you started?” he asks with a smile.

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If Chucky’s resurrection was ever in doubt, the finale’s biggest twist was the true identity of Belle, the doll Caroline had cared for all season. Tiffany intends to steal the doll and use it as her props to return to doll form, but realizes another Chucky doll is in tow. The bait-and-switch revelation left Chucky worried to his haters — and the audience — that he hasn’t lost his touch in the franchise’s 30 years.

“What we saw in that final revelation — that Belle’s puppet Chucky was in drag — Chucky is smarter than everyone on the board,” says Mancini. “Chucky prepared for everything, and one of my goals was to show again what a formidable opponent he is. Come and take me, we leave the moment in a way. The kids, Tiffany, Dr. Mixter, everyone who thought they were better than Chucky were gone.

The rift over Chucky’s many recent incarnations – Chucky Prime, Good Chucky, and How to Deal with the Hulk Chucky – almost destroys their relationship for Jack and Devon, as they navigate the equally hostile halls of their new Catholic school. But in the end they resolve their tension with the spirit of Christmas, which Arthur says is a sign of their strength in the future.

“Partly because they have a terrible shared experience, we’ve seen them grow and maintain a relationship,” he says. But they care for each other, and I think their relationship will continue to grow stronger through the turmoil.

But they weren’t the only ones reuniting.

After being placed in human twin bodies in the movie “Seed of Chucky,” Glenn and Glenda announced that with the help of their mother, Tiffany, they have returned to their single doll bodies, now called Gigi.

Mancini says GG was the show’s way of celebrating the trans experience — “through the lens of our wackadool chucky horror genre.

“The idea here was that Gigi didn’t need two bodies or two vehicles to describe it,” he says. “Each aspect of this body is valid – male, female, aggressive, peaceful. Just like all of us, the universe is being created in this one body.

After Tiffany finds out her children are safe, she steals Caroline’s Belle doll, thwarted by Chuckie’s revelation, and makes a play that wants her to join in doll form. Pierce (Fiona Dourif).

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For a moment, fans began to sweat that Tiffany would shed Jennifer Tilly’s host, ending Tilly’s two-decade run in the franchise — where she was trapped in the body of Tiffany’s old doll for 20 years — turned roadkill last episode. Fortunately, Mancini says he has no plans to send the Oscar-nominated actress and her in-universe body Tilly.

“I want my friend, actress Jennifer Tilly, to be in the franchise as long as she wants to do it,” he said.

If Tilly’s universal love for the cast and crew on social media is any indication, it seems she’s willing to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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