Below, we have compiled a roundup of what In The Flesh creator, Dominic Mitchell, has teased could happen in series 3 over the last year on Twitter.
Warning: contains spoilers (obviously). However, please bear in mind In The Flesh’s future is still very uncertain and the plot points mentioned below may never come into fruition or could become subject to change.
Now, where were we?
Series 2 left the residents of Roarton with, if not a bright future, certainly a more optimistic one. The Walkers had come to terms with Kieren living life as an openly partially deceased syndrome sufferer, free of contact lenses and cover up mousse to disguise his undead appearance. He and Simon had decided to stay together in the village, giving their relationship a go after Simon turned his back on the Undead Liberation Army and Jem had finally seen the light when it came to Gary, but was left dealing with the effects of PTSD brought on by The Rising and needed to face the consequences of accidentally killing Henry Lonsdale while on patrol. Meanwhile, although our BDFF, Amy, had been buried for a second time, representatives of Halperin & Weston Pharmaceuticals were last seen digging her back up again as there was “still time”, which left us with one of the most infuriating cliffhangers in living and redeemed memory!
So, what happens next?
According to Dom, things aren’t looking all that positive after all. Not that this should come as a surprise to any of us, as we are talking about Roarton here.
It seems that the village parish council, in all their wisdom, have decided segregation is the best answer to keeping the peace between the pulse beaters and the rotters in their community. Roarton Valley is now divided into two parts: West and East. While the undead have been designated to live on the East side, the living all live on the West side.
Kieren, having moved out of Steve and Sue’s house is now living with Simon in the East, but cohabiting together in a normal domestic relationship is still a little new to them:
KIEREN WALKER: You done the dishes?
SIMON MONROE: (Bemused, isn’t used to domestic life) I haven’t done anything to the dishes!?
After betraying the ULA and disobeying the Undead Prophet’s order to kill Kieren who they believe is the First Risen, Simon is still very paranoid about ‘his guy’ being hurt by the other ULA followers. If anyone touches a hair on Kieren’s head he won’t think twice about sticking one of those surgical instruments he was given by Julian through their brain! And Simon’s wise to be on his guard, as his ULA mentor, Julian, is still a loyal disciple to the Undead Prophet and will be coming for him. Chances are, it’s not going to go well for Simon.
Meanwhile, having confessed to killing Henry Lonsdale, Jem is charged and brought to trial for his murder. To the shock of everyone, including Jem, the court gives her a suspended sentence. Although she is free, she is ordered to attend group therapy sessions for her PTSD where she meets new character Alex, a disabled PDS sufferer still traumatised by The War. Jem and Alex (whose gender is unconfirmed) bond over their shared guilt over killing people during The Rising and it’s not long until they begin a (possibly lesbian) relationship, much to the chagrin of Gary who still holds a torch for his ex-girlfriend. But stalker Gary isn’t half of Jem’s problems as Henry’s mother is out for vigilante justice, believing she “got off scot free” for killing her son.
Despite Halperin & Weston Pharmaceuticals now being one of the biggest companies in the world having developed the PDS treatment drug Neurotriptyline, rumour has it that one of the founders, Dr. John Weston, has gone insane and has tried to burn the whole Research & Development building down in Norfolk. He has now disappeared completely.
But what about Amy? Apparently, she has the biggest storyline of them all! Poor Philip has been suffering from depression after the loss of his girlfriend and when he goes to visit Amy’s grave, he discovers something shocking…
Our money’s on an empty grave and a missing cuddly toy tiger, but for now, that’s all we know.
We will update this article if, as or when Dom reveals more. It goes without saying that two years on after the second series concluded, we continue to miss In The Flesh terribly and still live in hope it will rise again.
But in the meantime, those of you on Twitter, be sure to follow @DominicMitchell and with any luck, he’ll tell us further details as to how our beloved characters are getting on.
Princess Elizabeth and the Governor of Kenya, Sir Philip Mitchell, attending a garden party at Government House in Nairobi on 1 February 1952, the first day of her Commonwealth Tour.
The Princess had departed from London Airport the previous day, stepping in for her sick father, King George VI, who passed away on 6 February. Princess Elizabeth returned to London on 7 February as Queen Elizabeth II.
Guys, In the Flesh seriously has a damn good chance at being picked up by Amazon (or Netflix, but less likely) at this point. We are so close. Don’t let this campaign lose its steam. Don’t give up.
The man who helped Amazon bring back Ripper Street for a third series commented on ITF’s fan campaign and said that it is the best one he’s seen since Ripper Street.
We definitely have Amazon’s attention. What need to do now is convince Amazon that this show will bring in more subscribers to their service, because it is a business decision after all.
Please remember to tweet @AmazonVideoUK and @NetflixUK (but Amazon especially) that we will support the show if they decide to pick it up. We need all the tweets we can get, and it does help.
Another good idea would be to actually contact Amazon here! Just answer their first two questions and then you can choose to email, phone, or chat. We should probably do this like we’ve been chatting with Netflix.
Even if you don’t watch this show, give this a reblog, will you? (*cough and sign the petitions *cough) This show is so important to me and many others, and the more people we could reach would be great.
All the recent discussion on art&books in Hannibal got me thinking about Hugh’s favourite books, since we know he’s a voracious reader. In interviews he’s name-dropped,
Small Mediums at Large by Terry Iacuzzo
John Osborne (apparently goes to Strand Bookstore to buy second-hand plays)
William stories by Richmal Crompton
Brideshead Revisited (said it’s his favourite tv adaptation)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (he bought the Alec Guinness version box set!! good taste bb)
“I wish David Mitchell had Philip Roth’s output.”
Wants to meet Christopher Marlowe, D. H. Lawrence, Byron and the young Coleridge.
Game of Thrones
World War Z
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Sabbaths Theater by Philip Roth (aw lol Hugh) and Women in Love by DH Lawrence, which are apparently his favourites
Speaking of which we know Mads LOVES thriller/crime, and he’s mentioned,
Lee Child (been photographed reading Without Fail), Michael Connelly, The Lord of the Rings, The Brothers Lionheart, Die Geschichte von einer Mutter
…and then this list got me thinking about the Mads/Hugh Dynamic
..because they’re so different (as evidenced by their book list) yet soo00 complementary?!! Here you have Adidas-clad, football kicking, beer slugging, not one bit self conscious/pretentious, “proud to be working class” Mads Mikkelsen, who turns out to be the most thoughtful guy ever (gosh the perspicacity and economy&beauty of expression when he speaks about his roles)
And then you get Hugh Dancy with the staid middle class upbringing under philosopher daddy and respectable public school/Oxford education, who despite his ethereal face, is not only unassuming and chill, but has this cheeky, sarcastic, almost nasty bite to his lovely personality (re: sex toy joke to Nina Arianda or this little interview over here [x])
…and it weirdly makes perfect sense how these two with 10yrs age difference and disparate backgrounds have such perfect camaraderie and overwhelming affection for each other.
So whenever I get a lil’ bit sad, I like to imagine the two–in their early years, Mad flipping and hopping his way into a dance troupe (which he joined to get with girls but by what 22, he’s already cozy with Hanne? d’awww), and Hugh chugging through English lit. and doing god knows what as the prettiest boy&girl at Oxford ;) ;)–then at the King Arthur set where they meet and become fast friends over beer and (two) horses (”you should do a movie in Denmark!”)–Hugh doing an internal whoop! as Bryan mentions Mads’ name for the role–fast settling into the most perfect chemistry as they film Hannibal (”turns out Mads rehearses for the exact same period and purpose as I do”)–and together creating the greatest tragic-romance of our times over beer and jokes and friendship
and my cold cold heart just melts and blooms with love for these amazing two people <3 god I adore them so