HBO Max hosted a screening for Season 2 of The Flight Attendant at Landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport on April 28th.
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After the screening of episode four, attendees were able to ask questions to Griffin Matthews, who plays Shane Evans in the series. The discussion was moderated by Journalist, Film Critic, and Podcaster Jack Rico. Matthews described how the premiere of season one was halted due to the covid-19 pandemic. After returning home from filming in Rome, they found out from their production crew in Rome that the country went into lockdown and required their residents to stay home. He also states that he didn’t know how successful the show was “until the award season,” when the cast heard the number of nominations for the show. Season 2 was released during post-pandemic times, which influenced how the plots and conversations within the show developed. The inclusion of topics and situations discussed during the pandemic, such as the Black Lives Matter protest and the LGBTQ+ community, helped add another layer to the complexities of the show. Matthews detailed how he remained true to himself and his character by not following stereotypical narratives and straying away from the common portrayals of African-American males within the LGBTQ+ community.
Season two follows Cassie Bowden, played by Kaley Cuoco, who is learning to maintain a life of sobriety. She continues to work as a flight attendant and begins moonlighting as a CIA asset in her spare time. While on a mission overseas, she inadvertently witnesses a murder and becomes entangled in another international intrigue.
The evening also featured a cocktail pre-reception in the hotel lobby, a chance to take photos on the hotel’s plane “bar,” and a fabulous after-party with great drinks, tunes and massages!