Where did the idea for the flashbacks come from? They seemed to be half fan service, half proving that point.
Mandel: One of the many inspirations for the idea of the finale was The Godfather: Part II, and how seeing young Don Corleone building the family helps underscore how Michael destroys the family. The past influences the present. By creating these flashbacks, we present Selina with choices, moments in her life where she can do one thing and lead a normal life, or she can do this and be a congresswoman or a senator. She comes into the bus, for example, and finds her husband getting a blowjob. She could've divorced Andrew there, wouldn't have gotten the TV money, probably wouldn't have won the Senate. But that's a completely different life for her. She needs a campaign donation from the woman blowing her husband. That's not a normal choice, but it's a Selina choice. And again: tragedy. You also get to see the hairstyles and the costumes, the old versions of people: Oh my God, that's Selina and Gary meeting! It's that, plus hopefully funny dialogue, because we're not actually doing The Godfather: Part II.