So as I mentioned in the last post, Season Three of Damaged didn’t quite evolve the way I had hoped. I had started to play with storylines as I finished up Season Two to better link the two — had planned to write from December-February and premiere in March.
So while illness and graduate school were the primary reasons that plan was derailed, a secondary reason was that — well, some of it fell apart when I actually sat down to write the story. So I threw out most of my ideas and started over, looking through your comments to find what might trigger your interest and how I could better serve the story you guys want to read.
I actually found a lot of inspiration while sick with bronchitis last year. I spent the better part of two weeks laying in bed, watching television. I binged ten seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, and realized I wanted its narrative structure to serve as the foundation of Damaged. While I don’t love every decision they make on that show, I like the serialized nature of it and the way that (for the most part) the episodes have framing devices that make them singular narrative units. So I tried to plan my episodes around one story–one set of characters serving as the framing device to give the episodes more cohesiveness. Once I did that, it actually started to fall into place better. I plan to spend the majority of July writing the scenes I’ve been working so hard on the last few months. So here’s your teasers and previews for Season 3, coming to you in September.
The biggest story is going to be Sonny’s murder trial. It’s going to take up a lot of the episodes — will serve as the framing device for nearly half of the episodes, particularly early on, and will involve most of the cast. So what can you look forward to?
- Gia is going to set fire to Sonny’s self-defense claim by assassinating any witness he puts on the stand. You can look forward to major showdowns with Jason, Ava, and Sonny, but it turns out there are a few tricks up Gia’s sleeve when it comes to the secrets Carly is keeping. Gia has a long history in Port Charles and the benefit of her friendships will play heavily here. (Let’s not forget that towards the end of Gia’s run she was close to Zander, who was definitely privy to some of Carly’s worst secrets in 2001).
- But despite Gia’s best efforts, Michael made the point last season that the shooting was self-defense–Sonny’s worst crime was leaving AJ to die. Will there be some sympathy for Sonny’s state of mind? Will the truth about Ava’s crimes be revealed in time to make a difference?
- And Jason will have to testify about AJ’s past — but Gia isn’t going to let him off the hook because of her semi-friendship with Elizabeth. Jason is going to have to come to terms, for the first time, with what he did all those years ago–and he’ll have to face Michael’s judgement.
At the end of Season Two, Preston and Franco returned–ostensibly on Victor’s orders to discredit and take down Ava. But Victor, as diabolical as he is, underestimated the brothers, and they have an agenda of their own. Franco will torture Ava, but Preston has his own plans. You might have guessed that he was the one that paid a visit to Sam in the last episode–not Jason. He’ll continue to gaslight Sam, but why? And how far will he push her? What are his plans for his twin brother? You think he’s done his worst, but Preston is about to become even more dangerous.
Which brings us to Victor himself. His goal may be insane (a new Russian revolution that will see the Cassadines restored to power? His father would be so proud!), but his ruthlessness is no joke. Elizabeth has so much faith in Robert and Luke, but maybe too much. What are their priorities? Is Robert willing to place Jason’s family in danger to save his own? By the end of the season, Victor will make it clear that someone will have to pay for Jason’s mistakes.
At the PCPD, a straightforward investigation into a teenager’s murder becomes more complicated when another body is found. And two more teens go missing. Does Port Charles have a serial killer on their hands?
Laura (with the help of Felix) uncovers a deep and shocking secret at the heart of the Ward Foundation–when they turn over their results to the cops, Parisa is forced to confront her own past and the reasons she fled the Bronx for upstate New York.
And in the quiet background, the rest of Port Charles goes on with their lives. Maxie struggles to find new balance in her life when Julian’s niece, Lauren, shows up and appears to threaten her job. Lauren, however, is far more interested in the secrets of her own past–and in Michael. Lulu and Dante face the difficulties of careers, parenthood, and keeping the romance alive…while Dillon is forced to admit a secret from his own past has come back to haunt him in a big way.
All that and more–in September 🙂