Patricia Clarkson captivated audiences this summer as complicated mother and arbiter of Southern charm Adora Crellin in HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn novel Sharp Objects.
The finale left fans (even those who’d read the book) reeling, but what was Patricia’s take? Naturally, the series’ twist in those final moments wasn’t exactly a shock to Clarkson. “I knew what was coming,” she told InStyle at our party with HFPA in Toronto. “I’m proud to be part of such a sensation. I had no idea people would be so crazy about this show. It’s a great, extraordinary final moment in a series — I thought it was beautiful. I’m thrilled.”
As with the miniseries’ network predecessor Big Little Lies, fans are already gunning for a second season.
A few weeks into the series’ run, Objects’ lead Amy Adams took the possibility of a second season off the table.
“Unlike Big Little Lies where all of the stars wanted to come back, Sharp Objects, it’s a very dark character, very dark material. Amy doesn’t want to live in this character again and I can’t blame her, it’s a lot to take on for an actress,” HBO president of programming Casey Bloys told Deadline. “So no plans for a second season. We are very happy with this living as a limited series.”
However, Sharp Objects author Gillian Flynn had a different take. She'd “never say no” to working on a second season of the series.
"My characters always go on in my imagination. They have full working lives in there, and I keep in touch with all of them," she told Digital Spy. "I would never say no [to another season]. I know exactly what happens to them.”
Showrunner Marti Noxon, too, (while admitting it would be difficult to put together) didn’t quite rule out a second installment. “It's off the table in terms of, people are going on to their next projects, and it was a pretty hard A-team to assemble. It's not hard to imagine from a story standpoint, because obviously we love these characters, but from a technical standpoint it seems like a long shot.”
So … would Patricia ever sign on for a sophomore season? The Oscar-nominee put it simply: “If Amy [Adams] does!”