[Warning: spoilers for The Politician, ahead.]
So, The Politician‘s season one finale is honestly a totally different show, right? Readers, I was honestly a huge fan of Ryan Murphy’s newest show, but I am so much more excited for season two. Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) and co have aged up (they’re all now seniors in college or post-grad) and have convinced their leader to run for New York State Senate against Bette Midler and Judith Light. I mean, who doesn’t want to watch that?
Even so, I have some serious questions that need to be answered in season two, otherwise the series will continue to make almost zero sense.
How could Payton’s mom just peace out like that?
In the midst of the most traumatic moment of Payton’s life—remember, he was outed as a political fraud, his Harvard acceptance was revoked, and apparently Vanity Fair released an entire expose on a high school election—Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow) just…dipped.
I’m all for her going off to find herself, but like, my mom flies down from Florida if I so much as go through a minor breakup, so…
Why do Payton’s friends “believe in him”?
Honestly, this is the show’s biggest fault. All of this little asshole’s posse are obsessed with him to the point where their lives revolve around getting him back in politics. Even people who have no business joining his team like Skye (Rahne Jones), who literally tried to kill him, and Astrid (Lucy Boynton), drop everything to convince him to run for state senate. But…why? He’s supposedly a big political force, but what’s his message? What does Payton believe in?
Are we supposed to root for him?
Many have pointed out that Payton’s run has echoes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeat of House of Representatives member Joseph Crowley. The passionate newbie takes on the juggernaut with tons of cash.
But here’s the problem: Leader Dede Standish (Judith Light) is the realest. She actually has a record of success, has shown us her unwavering values in one episode, and is gearing up to be the first female VP. Are we supposed to want Payton, a mediocre white boy who decided to care about NYC’s broken subway system today, to take her down?
The worst part is that we kind of know he’s going to win, at least if Ryan Murphy’s plan for each season to serve as an election on Payton’s way to the presidency proves true.
But can he fix the NYC metro system, though?
If so, he has my vote.