“I wrote this because I think that it’s important to talk about the topic and not just ignore it,” Armstrong says of “Mary Kills People.” “What we really wanted to do was normalize death and the dying process and present a different kind of death than what we normally see on TV. It’s usually fast and not really explored deeply.”
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Ahead of the second season premiere of “Mary Kills People,” Armstrong talks with Variety about increasing the stakes, this season’s new villain, and the importance of keeping up the conversation around death with dignity.
The seasons of “Mary Kills People” are only six episodes long, but you pack in a lot of emotional events. What was most important to you in evolving the story from the first to second season?
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Everything needs to matter and everything needs to pay off. We talk about every season as being a movie, with the three-act structure. For season 2, we started in a totally different place. We jumped ahead in time. We wanted to see Mary and Des in a totally different place. Mary is happily working on her own, while Des had been sent to prison as a result of what happened in season 1. We approached season 2 really looking at what was successful from season 1, which was always Mary at the heart of it. Who is this character? It’s a total exploration of her and her past and why she’s doing this.
The rogue pairs answer should be a resounding no. But refusing Olivia—who has ties to a shady character from Season One—could prove to be impossible. Olivia is revealed to be more and more dangerous, hints Armstrong. Making matters worse for Mary, her ex, Det. Ben Wesley (Jay Ryan), conducts an investigation that leads to both women. Mary, Armstrong says, is backed into a corner.
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Time: March 12 at 9/8cChannel: LifetimeStream Online: Hulu, or fuboTV (Try for free)
Lifetimes Mary Kills People returns for Season 2 on Monday, March 12 at 9/8c!
Mary Kills People tells the story of Dr. Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), who works in the emergency department of Eden General Hospital. Marys got a secret though; in her off hours, she moonlights as an end of life counselor, providing assisted suicide to terminally ill patients. If the Season 1 finale left you in a lurch, you may be surprised to hear Mary Kills Peoples second season will pick up eight months after Mary and Des (Richard Short) framed Grady (Greg Bryk) for the deaths of their patients.
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You can watch the show on Lifetime on Mondays at 9/8c, but youre not out of luck if you dont have cable. All episodes will be added to Hulu the next day, or you can watch with fuboTV.