Good news for Zazie Beetz fans: Season 3 of Atlanta will likely¬†feature more stories specifically focused around women.
According to Atlanta writer and producer Stephen Glover (Donald Glover‚Äôs brother), the writers plan to devote more attention to the women of Atlanta next season. ‚ÄúI think we have some cool ideas in Season 3 that‚Äôll put some more women on screen,‚ÄĚ Glover¬†told¬†The Hollywood Reporter. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we‚Äôre gonna explore.‚ÄĚ
Beetz, the only woman who‚Äôs a regular castmember, also said she‚Äôd like more episodes like Season 2’s ‚ÄúChampagne Papi,‚ÄĚ in which her character Van goes on a girls‚Äô night out to Drake‚Äôs alleged mansion, partly in search of a good Instagram pic for her lackluster feed.¬†‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no lack of women on the set, but I think in terms of storytelling, it is different just like bonding with a woman and playing with that energy in terms of Van‚Äôs character,‚ÄĚ Beetz told THR.
Beyond ‚ÄúChampagne Papi,‚ÄĚ Atlanta: Robbin‚Äô Season featured women other than Van more prominently, from Paper Boi‚Äôs social media savvy girlfriend to clingy fangirls at a college show, but it‚Äôs worth pointing out that the show‚Äôs women-centric episodes tend to be met with mixed reviews, and that Atlanta‚Äôs writers room has one woman on staff, Stefani Robinson.
‚ÄúI just see my name get thrown around, like, ‚ÄėWell she‚Äôs the only one, so she‚Äôs responsible. Is that how she thinks of all women?‚Äô I become the lightning rod for the females‚Äô perspective…I‚Äôm just one person, and I‚Äôm here, and it‚Äôs a different perspective and I‚Äôm championing this and I‚Äôm happy to be in this space. But I think when you are the only one of anything you are suddenly the voice for everyone. And it‚Äôs such a hard place to be in and, I think, not a fair place to be in. There need to be more women everywhere, to be honest.‚ÄĚ
Perhaps Atlanta‚Äôs forthcoming focus on Atlanta women will mean having more women in the room to write them‚ÄĒor at least more episodes where Van takes Earn to creepy German locales.