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Brendan Gleeson has recently spoke about Mr. Mercedes to coincide with the release of its second season. Now, Jack Bender, the showrunner of the TV series whose first season received high praise from both the critics and fans of Stephen King, has had the opportunity to sit down with Collider to discuss Season 2 of Mr. Mercedes as well as Stephen King.
Mr. Mercedes Season 2
Jack Bender had this to say when it came to what audiences should expect from Season 2 of Mr. Mercedes:
“When I was a kid, growing up with those Edgar Allan Poe movies, and the stand up in the theater for the coming attractions would say, ‘If you have a faint heart, or if you’ve ever suffered a heart attack, do not watch this movie.’ They would use that as a promo to get people to want to come see the movie.”
“I remember with Psycho, there was a disclaimer that Hitchcock did that said, ‘If you are the faint of heart, do not see Psycho,’ and of course, people lined up around the block to see it. People love being scared. It’s that aspect of all of us humans, who want to get near the flame.”
“It’s scarier than last season, and I think it begs certain questions that are more frightening because they deal with the potential of the human mind and certain things that most of us, in our daily lives, don’t have to deal with and don’t need to question. Hodges and the rest of our supporting characters definitely need to ask those questions.”
Jack Bender also talked about how great it was to receive praise from executive producer Stephen King about the quality of this television series:
“It’s the ultimate gratification to have a genius like Stephen King. He wasn’t committed to being an executive producer, and then he saw the first few episodes and said, ‘I love this and want to be an exec producer on it.’ That was like the first big compliment.”
“And then, I was keeping in touch with him, as I was sending him cuts of the show. I knew he was a huge fan, but then, at a certain point, he wrote me and said, ‘When I see the stuff you guys are doing with the show, I wish I did some of those things in the book.’ Needless to say, that was a huge compliment.”
“He’s not a guy who lays the praise on. There are not a lot of bouquets or flowery descriptions about how wonderful something is. But I sent him one of the last few episodes, and he wrote me recently and said, ‘Do you have any fucking idea how great this is?’ I took that as the Nobel Prize from Stephen King. It was very, very, very gratifying.”
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