Chaikin, too, could relate to feeling clueless about her character. She recalled, "How many times during the last season would we be like, 'What? This doesn't make sense! I don't wanna do that!' and, like, argue about it" -- Malek chimed in: "and then you'd realize" -- "OK, [he's] right," Chaikin agreed. "Because [Esmail] knew everything, where we were going, and we didn't."
As Slater attested, their all-seeing showrunner, who was tied up with editing Season 2 during the panel, always has a good reason for keeping actors in the dark. "It's nice to be in the hands of somebody you absolutely trust," Slater said. "There's a reason for each and every thing we end up doing and saying... he's thought it all the way through, and if you pull on one thread, it'll just unravel."