We also get the most perplexing aspects, to date, of the Adrian Veidt storyline in this episode.
Byock: Writing that material, not specifically for this episode, but the Veidt material across the whole season, was very much a group effort. We all took different pieces of that to work on. But that was the most fun of working on this show. It's just so wild, and obviously Jeremy Irons, holy shit. I've seen this episode, I dunno, four times or something, and every time as soon as the Veidt segment comes on, I'm just rolling on the floor. It's hilarious.
Every episode I'm waiting for him to come back.
Byock: That was very much our design in the writers' room. We just loved the idea of dropping these little segments into every episode knowing that the audience was going to be like, 'When is the blonde man segment coming?' It was very much our homage to the Black Freighter in the book.
You introduce a lot of new costumed heroes in this show as well. Was there one you were particularly excited about?
Byock: Looking Glass was a character that we loved and spent a lot of time thinking about, particularly his relationship to Angela. And Tim Blake Nelson just brings him to life so well. Really, Laurie was first in my heart, even though she's not a costumed adventurer anymore. Just the idea that now she's decided to devote her life to destroying vigilantes, we loved that.
It really fits with her character, that she would have this turn from "I am this thing," to "Fuck this thing, I hate it and no one should do it."
Byock: Yeah. One of my favorite moments in the episode is when she says, to Petey, "Yeah, I knew Adrian Veidt. I, too, am not a fan." Just the way Jean delivers that line, perfect.