Ishana & M. Night Shyamalan Talk Season 3 & Their Unique Direction

Nothing says “family bond” quite like a father-son duo working together on a hit TV series.

Apple TV+’s Maid coming back on january 21 with a third installment, to be received three months after we leave the Turner household. While everything seems to be back to normal – Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean (Toby Kebbell) dote about Jericho, Julian (Rupert Grint) got a new girlfriend and Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) had moved back to brownstone – there was still the threat of the cult and concern for Jericho’s safety. While the Turners try to keep their family intact, they must accept the costs of returning Jericho.

Before the new episodes, the director and executive producer M. Night Shyamalan and his daughter, Ishana Night Shyamalan – who is also the series’ screenwriter and director – discuss their time working on the set and what in particular makes their household chores come into balance.

What should viewers expect from this season?

M. Night Shyamalan: I think you can expect a natural increase in the stakes as the pacing of the story is moving towards the end. I hope you feel that the narrators know where it is going and so confidently raise the temperature of the boiling water to make it more sensible. It’s more terrifying. As a result, it’s more exhilarating and funny, and at the same time more pensive and more at stake because we’re getting closer to the conclusion. Hopefully you can feel where you are: “Oh, oh. We are in the third part of a four-part story. ”

So, as colleagues and as father and daughter, what happens when we work together on this project? How would you dynamically describe your work?

Ishana Night Shyamalan: I think the transition to a professional relationship was actually pretty seamless because of the type of mentoring we had – my dad mentoring me was a lifelong affair. So every dinner conversation we have as a family is about art and ways to think about the world. It’s really like training me from an early age to step into this new professional field together. And so it was just an enhancement of our relationship. And we have a lot of fun.

I’m so glad to hear about it. How do you guys differ in terms of direct approach and style?

M. Night: That is a good question. You answer after I answer, tell me if you agree, completely give another answer if you feel like another answer.

Ishana: Okay! [Laughs]

M. Night: I was excited on the set: “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go. What are we doing? We don’t need that. How long will that take? I want the flowers on that table. ” And I was on set, agitated and moving, but people were starting to adapt to that. I think Ishana has more of, like, a kind of elegant approach that she’s so sure of [with] what she wants, but perhaps she is more open to new ideas. Maybe I was wrong about it. Tell me what you think.

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Ishana: I didn’t know that I was open to new ideas. I definitely agree that our energy on set is very different. And it’s an interesting thing to explore, because I’m about to enter the industry because I…have seen [my father] like what is the target column of the steering. And going to the set and realizing you want to be a little different is a journey. I think there is some kind of central difference between us. He has a kind of masculine version, and I have a feminine version. I think that’s what makes us two poles of the same taste. I like that we are approaching things in a different way but hopefully achieving the same level of precision and intensity.

M. Night: Well, that’s what you’re saying which is very interesting because, before Ishana, I spoke with some of our crew members, and I said that there are many ways to lead, and we, with as a society, glorifies only the masculine attributes of leadership, and that is blindness. And I said we’re going to have female directors engage in quiet activities. [And] they are attentive. And you will go through all of them and you will die wrong doing it because they are using [things] in. They are in many shades. Wait a minute. They have a different tempo, a different rhythm and [one must] let them [in] here. They will come up with brilliant ideas, extremely provocative; just step back and listen in a different way to this beat. So what we’re talking about, there are ways to lead. And I don’t think, as a society, we’ve realized that – obviously in our political leaders.

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It’s important to include more diverse voices because that makes for a more cohesive and authentic story!

M. Night: Can I say one more thing? Because it was just in my mind. It’s really fun; I’m thinking about Ishana. I was there on set when she was directing the finale. And [she was] direct the close-ups you’ll see in the end when you watch the finale. But she was directing a close-up shot of the actors. And they, um, let’s just say I’m going to jump in and say something powerful about how they were conducting themselves at the time.

And Ishana is not. And she guided them to where they would need it to go. And she got the gigs. And I love that scene. And what she got was amazing. And I remember going, I’m going to blow up the house here. I could have caused a big foul here, and that would be fine in the moment, maybe, but would affect the cast and crew. There is a time for tenderness and a time for hardness, and both are necessary. And I remember watching that and thinking, I need to work on that side of me because I’m going to lose the opportunity and lose the nuance. So that’s what I learned from her.

Ishana: Well, that’s great. I do not know that.

I was so excited when I saw that scene. Oh my God. It sounds beautiful!

M. Night: Just to remind you when you see it, they’re all drinking something, so that’s when they’re all drinking the same thing.

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Last season also proved that these characters can be really funny. Why is it important to add humor to this particular story? Ishana, how does it feel to be in a writer’s room with so much dark humor?

Ishana: I think part of it is natural that way. I think my dad is really funny. I think a lot of the writers in the room are really funny, so that, I think, comes naturally to, I think, a bunch of people on the creative team, but also more mentally. I think nothing in life is bad. And a lot of times our negative experiences, we have to deal with them. Or we are experiencing humor and irony simultaneously. And that just makes for a more complicated sense of what you actually go through in human life. So, to take that humor out, I thought to take out a dimension of real human emotion.

Well, congrats on season three and congrats on your renewal for season four soon! Have you and your team mapped out the plot of the series or have new ideas come to mind?

M. Night: No, we’re done. I hired the screenwriters without knowing that we were going to green light season four because to do what we’re doing on this timetable, we’re doing it. I don’t want to write while we are shooting, so to do it the proper way we have to do it like this. That’s why it’s so hard to make a performance. I take my hat off to all the classic hosts – David Chase, you name it, all these people. I don’t know how he did it. Unbelievable. And so we finished six episodes. We wrote six volumes and we went into it and we drafted the remaining four.

Maid, Season 3 Premieres, Friday, January 21, Apple TV +

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Caroline Bleakley

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