What Chernobyl's Producer Hopes Viewers Take Away From The HBO Series
While some television audiences are still upset at HBO for Game of Thrones or have already cancelled their subscriptions following its end, those who have stuck around have been rewarded. Chernobyl quietly became television's highest rated show, and the mid '80s nuclear disaster is once again relevant thanks to the miniseries. For those wondering what message they should walk away with after the Monday, June 3 finale, executive producer Craig Mazin revealed what he thinks is important to note.
While Craig Mazin doesn't necessarily believe there will be another nuclear plant explosion like what occured at Chernobyl, he does believe there will be another incident in which "systemic lies," as he puts it, will further exacerbate problems and make things worse. It's a sobering thought to hear, especially coming from the person who committed so much time bringing Chernobyl to television.
So what makes Craig Mazin so sure in his belief that a situation like that depicted in Chernobyl is possible? As he explained to THR, the issue is a bit more nuanced than ascribing blame to any one specific entity, which is what drew him into working on Chernobyl.
Heavy stuff, and even heavier for those who have been watching Chernobyl and understand where Craig Mazin is coming from. Mazin continued and said that Chernobyl's story is worth re-telling now more than ever as he explained there's a "war on truth" that's happening on a global scale. Chernobyl, in Mazin's opinion, is what happens when those in charge and the general public ignore facts in order to fit their own narrative.
If that sounds like a subtle remark towards climate change, Chernobyl's executive producer got a big more specific with the reference and compared the event with what's happening in our world today.
The message of Chernobyl has not been lost on critics, many of whom picked up on the not so subtle parallels between the real-life disaster and the current debate around the world regarding climate change. While Craig Mazin didn't necessarily set out to create a disaster miniseries, the bleak nature of it has also seemed to resonate with many and help gain its status as television's highest-rated series.
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Chernobyl is ending its miniseries with Episode 5, airing Monday, June 3 at 9 p.m. on HBO. The show is also available to watch on-demand and on streaming services for those with an HBO subscription. Stick with CinemaBlend for more on the hottest shows of the summer as well as the hottest movies coming to the big screen.
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