Returned Rule No. 6: Latch on to Camille and Lena
“The characters whom I started all the writing [with] are Camille and Lena and their parents,” shares Gobert. “For me, they are the normal characters, and they are just like the spectators: They’re not prepared for what happened, because they had a normal life until their daughter died and came back. But they’re completely normal, and we are like them. All the other characters are like romantic characters, like Adele and Simon. I wrote differently for every kind of character.”
Returned Rule No. 7: Feel for the dead
“It was very important when we were writing season one to imagine that living and dead people were as important [as each other] and that we should understand what happens in Camille’s head just as Lena’s head,” says Gobert. “I didn’t want to be more in one territory than another. We are with the living and the dead, together.”
Returned Rule No. 8: Fear, and don't fear, Victor
“There are as many answers as there are spectators of the show,” Gobert says of whether to be scared of the undead little boy who seems to have telepathic control over living and dead. “That is very important for me, because Victor is both a loved child and very frightening. That’s everybody’s choice.”
Returned Rule No. 9: Stick with the original
“The truth is I only saw five or 10 minutes [of the remake], and it was very difficult for me to appreciate it,” says Gobert. “Because it was very close to what we do and also very different, and it would be more interesting for me to see it in four or five years when it will be more objective.”
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Kenny Herzog is Thrillist’s Senior Entertainment Editor, and he watches anything with creepy children. Find out more about his weird preferences @kennyherzog.