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HAND OF GOD: Ben Watkins on Binge-Watching, Season 1, and What’s to Come

November 5, 2015 by  
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Credit: Amazon

Credit: Amazon

The people behind shows produced for streaming services find their product being increasingly being released in a binge format, there has been one unexpected relief: the writers can assume that people will be watching these episodes in order — and often in a short amount of time.

“As a writer and a writing staff, [we’re] thinking about what’s going to happen now that people are going to watch these shows back-to-back,” HAND OF GOD creator Ben Watkins explained. “And if they do it like I do, they may do two or three [episodes] at a time. I don’t usually do more than three at a time, but even with that, you get a certain momentum watching, and you don’t need as much explaining [with the storytelling].”

I spoke with Watkins about creating a show in a binge-watching culture, why he didn’t want to “hold the audience’s hand in terms of who was the protagonist,” and those season finale shockers (though spoilers will be clearly marked if you haven’t finished season 1…

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