John hosts a discussion with writer/director Sam Esmail as a part of the Showrunner Sessions at the WGA. Sam describes his aversion to writing, where his inspiration comes from, and how he learned to run a room.
We also dig into craft, talking about parentheticals and mastering the tension between creating mystery versus confusing your audience.
Then, for our premium members on our bonus segment we air the audience Q&A from the Showrunner Panel. John and Sam cover the alchemy of surprising music in a scene and the importance of saying something with each character.
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UPDATE 5-1-2020 The transcript for this episode can now be found here.