Transparent‘s Jill Soloway Hints at a “More Human Maura,” Who “Makes Bad Turns”

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Jill Soloway recently shed a bit of light on what we can expect from Transparent going into the future. She believes that the show can move on past “Trans 101” thanks to the efforts of Caitlyn Jenner and many other trans people.

Expanding further, she said, “We’re not having to introduce the world to the concept of a trans woman. Now Maura can be a little bit more human. She can make mistakes more, she doesn’t have to be exemplary, so that’s exciting as writers for us, to allow her to make some bad turns.” While she didn’t detail what those “bad turns” would be exactly, star Jeffrey Tambor did touch on the some of the themes of these new episodes. He specifically said:

Will you still love me if I change gender, education, religion, you name it. That’s where we’re throwing down in a very wonderful way. You get to see this year so may [sic] stories going out through this gateway. It’s becoming more than just a story about transparent, or transitioning. It’s about people seeking freedom — all of us.

Given that Transparent has signed on Our Lady J as a writer, it’s pretty fair to expect that the show is in good hands. While my gut reaction is to immediately get a sinking feeling when someone says they want their trans character to make some “bad turns,” I’m willing to maybe cut them little slack on this one. After Orange is the New Black‘s powerful Season 3 storyline centered around Laverne Cox, the drama bar’s been set pretty high. It’ll be interesting to see how they try to top it.

It’s important to note, however, that in general, we actually are still introducing a lot of people to the concept of a trans woman. Defending and owning our identities is a struggle many trans women face, and it’s partially through the efforts of shows like Transparent that the conversation is made a little easier. Still, it’s intriguing to see what kinds of stories they dream up for the future of the show.

(via Deadline)

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