Yes, cutting goats has a purpose

Presentation crew in the office.

Apple’s Severance team.
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I just knew someone was going to ask about goats. Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, a large part of the cast and creative team showed up The popular Apple TV + show to cut He took the stage to discuss the outbreak of the show’s first season. things were Going fairly naturally to start But then the fan started Q&A and the first question was about goats.

“Is there a significance to goats and will this meaning be revealed?” A fan asked while he was dressed as a wolverine. “Yes,” said creator Dan Erickson, who declined to go into further details.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, it’s about a world very similar to ours with one small difference. People can choose to implant a chip in their brain that temporarily shuts down their memory and the show follows a small group of office workers at a shadowy company called Lumon doing just that. These people go to work on their own, and then for eight hours a day, their brain shuts down that person and they become almost an empty copy of themselves. When they leave, they go back to normal.

At one point, two characters (Mark, played by Adam Scott and Hailey, played by Brett Laure) try to explore Le Mon and get to a room full of baby goats. No explanation was provided. But now we know at least one of them is coming.

The cast and crew of Difference on stage at Comic Con

Comic-Con panel, moderated by Patton Oswalt.
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This was most what the committee had to say about the upcoming second season of the show, which is being worked on. But the committee has some other interesting tales revealed about the world of Lumon, and here they are:

  • In Dan Erickson’s original demo, it was Mark, not Hailey, who gets up in the boardroom to start the show. It was later changed for logical reasons if you watched the entire season.
  • That original version was also much weirder. One example given is that disembodied legs can be seen circling the company.
  • The show has a unique tone and producer/director Ben Stiller says they found it by doing a lot of specific experimentation. The actors were asked to make many different versions of the clips, and only later in the editing did they make a cohesive unit.
  • As one might expect, to cut A lot of speculation started online about her mysteries. Most of the cast and crew said they didn’t go to any fan pages or subreddits but Erickson admits to looking for a while, then stopping because he didn’t want to be swayed by all the great ideas.
  • The show was filmed off-duty for 10 months between November 2020 and September 2021.
  • The neurosurgeon in Episode Two who explains how the chip was inserted and working is the actual neurosurgeon the production used to assess whether such an operation was actually possible. He said it was.
  • One of the biggest challenges each person faced was crafting their ‘inner’ personalities so that they weren’t completely different from their ‘outer’ side. Everyone made sure to try to get to the right level of similarity.

And while the panel didn’t provide any updates on how long Season Two might be, when we might see it, or how much knowledge and mystery Erickson and his team have already provided, he said Season Two will delve more into how the outside world interacts with the separation process and its implications. Which makes sense given the horrific events at the end.

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