Hailee Steinfeld’s Emily Dickinson is dabbling in more than poetry in the trailer for season two of Apple TV+’s Dickinson. As the series continues, Steinfeld’s Dickinson finds herself embracing acts of witchcraft, matters of the heart, as well as sharing her poems with the world. Judging from the trailer, the upcoming season is all about confidence and the pursuit of public recognition for Dickinson’s unique gifts.
The first three episodes of the second season of the Peabody Award-winning Dickinson premiere on Apple TV+ on Jan. 8, with a new episode, released each week after that.
“Season one gives one answer, which is it was patriarchy and her father was opposed to women publishing. Season two is going to completely turn that on its head or inside out and give a very different answer, which is that Emily herself had a deeply ambivalent relationship with fame. Season two is really all about fame and the attention economy, which was a central concern in Emily Dickinson’s poems. She wrote many, many poems about fame and about running from fame or rejecting fame. But she definitely had an obsession about fame even if she was subverting it,” Dickinson showrunner Alena Smith recently explained, adding that, in keeping with her goal for the series, that’s also an issue of concern for a present-day, millennial audience.
“People who have come of age in this era of social media, where everyone has the opportunity to get famous, it’s really interesting to think about the fact that — and this is something that I’ve had conversations with the cast and the writers’ room — anyone who wants fame in this day and age can get it. Like it’s not that hard. And we have these people called influencers, where that’s like their profession is getting enough fame that they can sell a product, and like what would it mean to choose being a nobody, to borrow a key word from Emily Dickinson? What would it mean to choose being anonymous, being invisible, being unseen and what kind of power is there in being a nobody?” (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Apple’s Dickinson has already been renewed for a third season, with Smith saying that the series may explore the fine period of the Civil War as the show continues. Here’s hoping that Steinfeld’s Marvel schedule doesn’t get in the way of her contributions to the peculiar period drama, after being officially joining the MCU as Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye.