In The Third Season Of ‘Atlanta’ Women May Finally Take Center Stage

Just days after Issa Rae shared the third season of Insecure may explore the theme of toxic Black masculinity and its effects on Black women, Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover said the hit FX comedy will feature more female-lead episodes in its third season.

“I think the city of Atlanta has a lot of stories from the woman’s perspective,” Stephen Glover, brother of Atlanta star and creator, Donald Glover, told the Hollywood Reporter.

“I think we have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen,” Stephen explained.  “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re going to explore in season three.”

So far, Atlanta has only released one female-focused episode, and Zazie Beetz (Van) — the show’s lone female lead — said she’s ready to see the award-winning series explore female-led storylines even more.

“It was so fun having this girl vibe,” Beetz told the Hollywood Reporter before Atlanta’s For Your Consideration (FYC) event over the weekend. “There’s no lack of women on the set, but I think in terms of storytelling it is different just like bonding with a woman and playing with that energy in terms of Van’s character. So it is something I would like to continue exploring.”

Season two of Atlanta was comprised of 11 loosely connected episodes grouped together under the title “Robbin’ Season.” While Stephen said there was even more they hoped to explore during the dark season, his big brother Donald said the third installment of Atlanta would be its most accessible yet.

“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Donald said at the FYC event. “I feel like this is our ‘Graduation.’ This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”

Donald continued, “We were all on iMessage together and kind of talking about it, and I think people were really hungry to like beat ourselves, which is great.”

Atlanta will return for its third season in 2019.

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