The American horror and thriller series “Them” was released on the online streaming platform Amazon Prime on April 9, 2021. Before this, the first two episodes were screened at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival on March 18, 2021, where it won the SXSW 2021 Audience Award for Episodic Premiere. The production, whose first season consists of 10 episodes in total and each one takes an average of 45 minutes, received a score of 7.3 on IMDb with 13,000 viewers and grabbed the audience’s heart with a blend of mystery and suspense. Created by Little Marvin, the series was penned by a large team of screenwriters. Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, and Ryan Kwanten are in the cast of the series. The show is based on the question of “Do you know your neighbor?”, and the fear of living as a black person in 1953. Miri Yoon (The Stand), Don Wolf (Amazing Stories), David Matthews (Vinyl), and Roy Lee (The Exorcist) are the executive producers of the series.
The audience has reached a true and chilling story that took place in the 1950s. While showing the dark side of society, Them manages to succeed in the horror genre as one of the most outstanding productions of recent times. The series caused a difference of opinion among the audience. While some comments say that the production used racist rhetoric and tried to provoke people, others believe that the show fling the racism of whites in their teeth.
The producers were ambitious even before the series aired. The executive producer Lena Waithe said, “The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that being black in 2018 is just as horrifying. This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us vs. Them in a way we’ve never seen before.”
Will there be a second season of Them?
Yes! There certainly will be. Them was confirmed for a second season back when it was initially ordered, and this serves as a way for the streaming service to express confidence in the series from the start. Since the show is an anthology horror, the story of the Emory family is done. We will get a new story in the second season, which changes things up when it comes to casting and synopsis. Show creator and writer Little Marvin has disclosed that every season of ‘Them’ will take place in a different time and different place.
When is the Release Date of Them Season 2?
Them was originally announced in 2018, but it did not get its showrunner and cast until a year later. It usually takes 14–18 months for new seasons of an Amazon series. If a renewal happens early enough, that time can be cut to 12 months. There is no official release date yet for Them season 2, but production could begin at any time since season 2 has already been ordered. Seeing how long production for the first season took, we can expect the second season in Summer 2022. Stay tuned for the coming updates.
What is the Plotline of Them?
The plot of the series, Them, tells the story of a black family who moves to a mostly white-populated neighborhood in Los Angeles in the 1950s. African Americans, whose numbers are about 6 million, carried out a movement called the Great Migration from the 1910s to the 1970s. Facing many racist attitudes in rural areas of the Southern USA, families found the solution by moving to the west and east. Emory family was one of them. Lucky (Deborah Ayorinde), husband Henry Emory (Ashley Thomas), daughters Gracie (Melody Hurd) and Ruby (Shahadi Wright Joseph) set off from North Carolina in 1953, during the Great Migration, in Compton, to a white-populated Los Angeles neighborhood. They are members of a black family of 4, whose greatest desire to start a new life after the brutal events they had experienced in Carolina. The family finally moved to a beautiful house after years and achieved their dreams. However, as soon as they step into the new neighborhood, they realize that nothing has changed and there are many challenges await them. Because thousands of local people started to follow them without even blinking. Family members find themselves at the center of a threatening supernatural game by their neighbors. The family’s home, located on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street, was turning into a crime scene where both neighbors and other supernatural forces threatened to annoy, harm, and destroy them.
The father of the house, Henry, became a successful engineer after his long efforts. For this reason, he earned a good income and was able to buy the house. Although he tries to ignore the repulsive movements of the neighbors, the situation was not that easy for his wife, Lucky.
While the eldest daughter of the house, Ruby, is happy at her new school, she encounters unpleasant behavior when she enters the classroom. The little girl Gracie is under the influence of a scary figure named Miss Vera. Day by day, family members begin to encounter unimaginable supernatural problems. While the problem of racism extends to various situations from day to day, the indifference of the people around and the position that triggers the problem becomes the answer to many questions.
Although the series is based on a true story, it sometimes breaks its ties with reality by switching to supernatural events as it is blended with fear. It is possible to see the dystopia of the black people both in the behavior of the whites and in the terrible nightmares of the Emory family. The evil and frightening characters that haunt their family members touch on different racism issues. Their desire to have equal living conditions with white people is utopian because of the perspective of the environment, despite being in similar status and class. Whether your father is an engineer or your mother a former teacher is not so important to white people. The important thing is that they leave their neighborhood. Otherwise, the price of their houses, which represent the American dream and that they bought by taking a lot of debt, will drop and more black families will settle in the town. In short, there is no room for blacks in this dream.
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