Industry bosses break down this season 2 finale shocker

Eric Tao (Ken Leung), what have you done?!

In which Industry In the season 2 finale, Eric fires Harper Stern (Myha’la Herrold) after revealing to Pierpoint’s authorities that her college diploma is fake. “Eric provided you with this information. He was the person in the show’s conception who hid that secret from her, and he’s now turned the secret against her,” co-creator Mickey Down tells EW.

Eric and Harper attempted to secure better positions at the bank after trying to find a lifeline away from Pierpoint. But after watching Harper make some particularly breakneck moves – including throwing Danny Van Deventer (Alex Alomar Akpobome) and Rishi Ramdani (Sagar Radia) under the bus – he decided to sue them.

We spoke below Industry Co-creators Down and Konrad Kay on Harper’s firing and more from the season 2 finale.


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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Harper and Eric’s dynamic is ever-changing, but in the finale he reveals how much he cared for her and lets her take the lead in assembling the new team. Why did he do it?

Mickey below: His motivations are intentionally ambiguous. From one perspective you could say he’s been planning this since episode three and certainly since he accepted the idea of ​​leaving Pierpoint with her. There is an argument that he put this idea into her head in order to manipulate her into thinking she is bigger than Pierpoint. The other takeaway is that in a way he’s saving her from herself, because in the finale there’s a number of things Harper does that Eric witnesses that he thinks are over the top. There’s an idea that he’s actually using this relatively minor indiscretion of falsifying her transcript to get her out of the business.

We never see Danny and Harper interact after he’s let loose. Did we see him last?

LOW: It’s difficult to say. This way of getting fired where you come to work and your card doesn’t work is actually an authentic representation of how people get fired from banks. It’s a very callous way of letting someone go, and that’s what we wanted to portray. It’s a deliberate disappointment.



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Yasmin (Marisa Abela) clashes with her father and Celeste (Katrine De Candole) over how she wants to get on as a pro. Is this a turning point for you? And how hard will what she’s actually trying to do be for her?

KONRAD KAY: The second season is for her a very slow-burning tale of the scales from her eyes about her privilege but most importantly her willful blindness to her father. We wanted to take them with us on this journey. She is constantly in these negotiations because her father not only represents past privilege, but also future privilege, as he is key to her rise through the ranks of Pierpoint. We’ve shown her the real face of Charles and we’ll see her start putting the pieces together. At the same time, the contradiction will be there. That [confrontation] This scene is a key scene because it’s strong from her point of view, but a lot of what her father says is logically true. People are likely to have strong reactions, either pro-Charles or pro-Yasmin.

Then Mickey came up with this brilliant beat, which is one of my favorites from the season where Yasmin doesn’t pay the bill at the end of dinner. It’s perfect because it tells you everything about how Yasmin goes through the world and in a way obscures everything you think about her.

It sets up this cool place for season 3 where she’s stripped of her dad’s money, but we can also explore how much of that was lineage and how much of that is something she can never change about herself?

How does Gus (David Jonsson), who teams up with Jesse (Jay Duplass), reshape his future after spending a season trying to find his way from Pierpoint?

LOW: It’s interesting because if you embraced the idea that Gus could live this rather fulfilling and altruistic life through public service, then his end is tragic because he says no to it in order to regain ambition, money and success. But for us and for him it feels triumphant.

With their desks working closely together, how does Eric’s “super team” open up the storytelling possibilities for Season 3?

KAY: We wanted Season 2 to have a very definitive ending, so Harper and Eric feels more like a dot than a dash. But you’re right, the merging of the desks has that sense of renewal. We have no idea if we’re going to get a third season, but we wanted to open up the possibilities because it’s a very exciting idea for us. The idea of ​​Eric and Yasmin in scenes – they never spoke a word to each other on the show. What does this relationship look like? Or Eric and Kenny? One thing we learned was narrowing the focus and bringing people together helps the show. If we get a third season, we’ll be able to tell stories that overlap a lot more and have the characters in a closer network.

We’ve talked about Harper and Yasmin being the center of this story in the past. They start with a broken bond, how do they end the season?

LOW: That relationship is criss-cross this season. They always meet at potentially the wrong moment, so we wanted to bring them to a place of understanding and empathy by the end of the season. So they have that little moment in the church at Rishi’s wedding where they accept each other’s insecurities and shortcomings. It opens up the possibility of a relationship down the line. We’re not saying they’ll be besties now and live together.

This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

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