According to an interview with
Hawley wanted to include a narrator to further explore the issue of mental illness, a major theme throughout season one. “We throw around the word ‘delusion’ or ‘delusional’ a lot,” Hawley told
In the season two premiere, Hamm narrates a sequence that likens a delusion to any other legitimate idea, using chicken eggs as a metaphor: one egg hatches one healthy chick, while the other hatches a black and diseased chick. That same sequence also discusses a man whose idea that his right leg isn’t his real leg turns into a delusion, and he eventually cuts his leg off. Hamm’s narration reads:
“You see, an idea alone isn’t enough. We have ideas all the time — random thoughts and theories. Most die before they can grow. For a delusion to thrive, other, more rational ideas must be rejected, destroyed. Only then can the delusion blossom into full-blown psychosis.”
We can expect the notion of idea vs. delusional to play into the rest of this season. How, exactly, remains to be seen, as does Hamm’s involvement.
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