New plot details have revealed what allegedly happened in Generation season 2. The show, which is stylized as Generation + ion, premiered on HBO Max on March 11, 2021. It starred Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Chase Sui Wonders, Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton. Even if Generation ran for 16 episodes until July 8, HBO Max announced yesterday that they are canceling the series after one season.
Generation followed a group of high school kids experimenting with their sexuality in a conservative neighborhood in Orange County, California. There were a lot of characters and storylines to juggle on the show, and sadly, not all of the stories were neatly wrapped up before the show’s cancellation. The first season ended on a cliffhanger where an emotionally upset Chester (Smith) smiles as he meets an unknown person on the roof of a sign.
Talk with GE, Generation co-creator Zelda Barnz answered frequently asked questions following the show’s cancellation. In addition to a coy response regarding the rooftop situation, Barnz wonders if Riley (Chase Sui Wonders) would have ended up moving out and if Mark (Sam Trammell) was the third in a polyamorous relationship. Barnz also revealed the behind-the-scenes decision-making process for the HBO Max series. Check out Barnz’s responses below:
Were Mark Patrick and Joe the third?
No, we (the writers) never wanted that to be the implication, but we always accepted the possibility that Mark (Sam Trammell) was bi-curious and just never had a chance to explore. We discussed a lot of ideas on how to move forward with the Stewart family after the finale, and we didn’t make a final decision, but a lot of us loved the idea of Mark becoming a father. more present and more open-minded, although I don’t have the chance to further explore his sexuality in the context of our show.
Were Delilah, Naomi and Arianna okay?
Finally, yes. We see the slightest glimpse of it when Arianna (Nathanya Alexander) and Delilah (Lukita Maxwell) reconnect at the end of the finale, and of course the rift between those two and Naomi (Chloe East) is much more extreme, but I think that these are three girls who could not help but come back to each other.
Would Riley have gone to Reno with her father?
No. We could never have gotten rid of Riley (Chase Sui Wonders), we love her (and Chase) way too much. Who knows? Maybe Ana (Nava Mau) would have adopted her.
What about Riley and Greta’s relationship?
We really wanted to explore the implications of a relationship between a sexual person and an asexual person, when they each have such strong feelings of love for each other. I don’t think there is enough asexual representation on television to begin with, but it’s also a question of the type of asexual representation. I happen to know several aces who have had romantic relationships, so why is it so hard to find in the media? So yes, there was definitely a future for Greta (Haley Sanchez) and Riley (but they both need to learn communication skills). I admit I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to continue this portrayal of Greta’s experience with her identity – I think it had the potential to be a valuable character arc for a lot of aces or aces. children in question. I also admit that I’m sad we couldn’t give Riley his happy ending.
And then there’s the unsolved mystery …
Who did Chester see on the roof?
I would have liked to have had a straightforward answer and I am sorry that I am not sure about this, but I think I can answer this question in another way. Here’s the Genera + ion concluding scene, as it’s written:
“THE SAME – LATER
We don’t know exactly how much time has passed, but we see light in the sky. Feeling restless, Chester climbs a little more. Bend over. It’s a little reckless, a little dangerous.
Then he hears a NOISE from the roof below. He looks down and is very surprised to see someone. but he smiles, because anyone makes him incredibly happy.
CHESTER It’s you.
POP TO BLACK.
END OF SEASON ONE ”
Generation’s cast, crew, writers, and producers have all had many conversations about this scene, about who the “you” should be. There was also a lot of speculation from the fans. Some thought it should be Riley, some thought Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) after their tumultuous final arc. Or Bo (Marwan Salama), who genuinely loves Chester (Justice Smith), and wants to understand so much.
Some people thought it should be Sam (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), because of the phone call, and because Sam has already received a photo of this location (via email, in the pilot). Justice once said it could be Chester’s missing father. One producer thought the entirety of GSA should appear, in a scene emphasizing the concept of a chosen family. A fan once asked me if it was Chester’s mother’s ghost.
Personally, I always thought it should be J (Sydney Mae Diaz). Partly for logistical reasons, as no other character had been there before. But also because, in my opinion, no other character was so intuitive. J has witnessed Chester’s collapse overnight and knows how Chester’s mind works when upset. I don’t think any other character could both determine exactly where Chester would go and then follow him there. I think J would have been really cool.
I’m not going to discuss the style of academic essay why J makes the most sense to me. Instead, I want to say something about this scene.
I am very proud to end this show with a moment of joy. Unexplained joy, perhaps, but does joy ever need to be justified? I do not think so. I don’t think it should. What matters in this scene isn’t who shows up (the unsolved mystery is a bit of drama, the “click next” moment that all streaming services ask their writers to provide), but that someone one shows up. Someone is showing up for this shameless queer boy in a moment of vulnerability. Someone shows up for him when he needs it, and he’s able to smile, and he’s able to say “it’s you”. And we know he’s not alone on this roof.
So really, there is no mystery. Maybe it’s Sam or Riley or J or maybe it’s a hallucination or maybe it’s a character we haven’t met yet, but it doesn’t really have a importance at the end. This is the one Chester needed the most right now. There is a closure in knowing that this person has found their way to him, whoever he is.
To anyone queer reading this, whether you’ve watched Generation or not, if your partner hasn’t found you yet, give them some time. They find their way.
While Barnz answered most of these questions, the way in which Chester’s question is slightly circumvented is certainly intriguing. While Barnz admits a preference, the implication is that there hasn’t been an official decision ahead of time, which seems a bit fishy. Either the showrunners really hadn’t planned on who was coming alongside Chester, or they linger in confirming it just in case. Generation is picked up in another studio, which is still possible given the freshness of this cancellation and the number of favorite cult series picked up elsewhere.
Especially given the show’s importance to its legion of LGBTQ + fans, a smaller platform can see the potential to resurrect a show that has such good representation on a relatively low budget. However, for now, fans of Generation can at least be satisfied with such open honesty from one of the creators. Some shows that end on cliffhangers never have the slightest sense of closure, and Zelda Barnz has been particularly generous in providing answers here.
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