In the final season premiere, Leanne is confronted with the Church of the Lesser Saints in a tense outing that ends badly for the Church. M. Night Shyamalan, who is no stranger to tales of power, begins the interview by explaining why he found this particular story so compelling.
“I love these stories,” Shyamalan said, “the iconic stories in other media where an innocent taken too far becomes darkly powerful… [It] is so delicious when we come across it, whether it’s “The Godfather” or the track “Wicked” or a million versions of “Oh, yeah.” We love that.’”
The next question, of course, is why these stories have such a profound impact, and the veteran filmmaker behind The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Split has an idea why that might be the case. “It’s a bit of wish-fulfillment,” Shyamalan said, “because when we’re hurt, we wish we could become this dark thing that drives away fear and everything.” It is this very process that sends Leanne on her downward spiral; although it’s a trajectory she enjoys.
“I think Leanne is enjoying this very much,” Shyamalan said, “and [she’s] She’s tired of being hit on and saying you’re wrong and you’re making a mistake, so she gets used to inflicting pain.” What gets Leanne intoxicated with her destructive abilities is exactly why we put her on a wanting so badly on a certain level It’s fun to see underdog characters finally lash out and lash out at those who are holding them down, and that’s exactly what Leanne does.
Servant Season 4 is available now on Apple TV+.