10:59am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hulu's 'The Path' Is Beyond Relevant in the Trump Era, Creator and Stars Say
The Path creator Jessica Goldberg, along with stars Hugh Dancy, Michelle Monaghan and Aaron Paul, believe the Hulu drama is beyond relevant in the Trump era.
The Path, which launches its second season Jan. 25, will deeply explore the Meyerist Movement — the cult at the center of the series — and those who have defected from it.
Producers told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that both the first season of the show — produced before well before Donald Trump became a political candidate — as well as the forthcoming season are very timely.
"I feel like its relevance will not deteriorate," said showrunner Goldberg, pointing to the season one storyline about the cult's walls. "I felt relieved looking back on the show that it felt very relevant. A lot of these movements did start during the social revolution of the 1960s and '70s, and it feels like something like that may be starting to happen [again] in America. Looking at what people do when they're not feeling included in their country, I think our show deals with a lot of those questions. We're living in a country where faith is much more important [now]. Some of the questions our show grapples with are relevant and deal with hope."
Dancy stars as Meyerist leader Cal Roberts and Paul portrays Eddie Lane, who defected from the cult where his wife, Sarah (Monaghan), has become a key player. Season two will go deeper into the show's central religion, with Goldberg looking forward to how the country looks at faith amid a changing political landscape.
"Going back to the first season, the tension between the outside world and our little community is the start of big argument in the movement because Cal protects these refugees — these immigrants — and that's a kind of activism that he's moving toward, albeit he does it for political purposes," said Dancy. "Other people in the movement want to keep their gates shut. I don't think that could be more relevant."
Monaghan noted that season two is much more reflective of people who feel marginalized and who view faith as inclusive or exclusive. "Things happen when people don't feel like part of a community or respected or honored," she said.
Asked specifically if a potential third season would lean into the country's political divide in the Trump era, Goldberg said she'd consider that. "Who knows, maybe Cal will get a spray tan," she replied. Chimed in Dancy, "It's right at the heart of the show — why wouldn't we?"