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Katori Hall Talks Bringing The Pandemic To 'P-Valley' Season 2
Katori Hall’s stroke of genius hit the public just as we were all a captive audience – right at the height of the 2020 era of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a fresh concept, vivid characters, and a wild ride of a storyline drenched in neon light and Mississippi heat, P-Valley became an instant must-watch weekly event for hundreds of thousands of viewers bound to the house and eager for streaming gold.
With a first season, fans are still talking about to this day, the creator and showrunner knew the pressures sitting on Season 2 of STARZ’s hit stripper-drama, based on her original 2015 play, P*ssy Valley. Though her plans for the next chapter of The Pynk and its emotionally embattled staff and customers were already solidified, Hall saw an opportunity to fold the story of Chucalissa’s dramas and delights into the real world.
“I always knew what I wanted to do for Season 2, so when the world went dark and everything shut down, I was like ‘how can I not write about this?’”
“It was very important to show the things that were exposed and are still being exposed during this time,” Hall added. “I always say, Coronavirus was a virus that exposed a more rampant virus, which was racial injustice. As a Black woman who is an artist, I felt like it was my responsibility to write my times and to mirror and reflect what was happening to all of us. I think that’s what makes season 2 even more of a universal story.”