How Servant Season 3 Leans Into Its “Bonkers” Tragi-comedy

Ever since Servant arrived on Apple TV+, the series has embraced a dark sense of humor alongside its tragic storyline. And with season three dropping on the streaming service today, the show only gets weirder and wilder.

Created by Tony Basgallop, season one introduced the story of Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean (Toby Kebbell) Turner, who, after the death of their infant son Jericho, replace the baby with a life-like doll to help Dorothy with the grieving process. They even hire a nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), to maintain the illusion, until one day, in place of the doll is a real baby boy. Is it the reincarnation of the Turners’ child? What really happened to Jericho? And what is the deal with the possibly-supernatural, definitely-odd Leanne? Season two upped the anti with murders, more cult craziness, and Sean and Dorothy, with Dorothy’s brother Julian (Rupert Grint), playing detective by setting up a pizza delivery business… And season three looks set to maintain the heightened tone.

“It was definitely there in the pilot, this thing that I love, this dark humor, but underneath a very powerful emotional engine, that balance of the two. That’s my favorite combination right now,” says executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan. “What drew me to the idea was like, the idea of this trauma that happened is so moving, but how they’re dealing with it is bonkers.”

He’s not wrong. The start of the season sees a moth infestation during a yummy mummy play-date, a nightmarish block party, Leanne’s increasing paranoia, and of course more exuberant recipes from superstar chef Sean.


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