Chucky’s Don Mancini Breaks Down Season 2 Finale, Franchise Future (Exclusive)

Spoilers for Chucky follow! Another season of Chuckie has officially ended, bringing with it another carnage for our characters to survive. Of course, not everyone made it out of the episode alive, but there’s plenty of room for the series to continue as many brand new plot threads came to life in the final minutes of the episode. Ahead of the premiere, ComicBook.com spoke with series creator and franchise architect Don Mancini to break down the season 2 finale of the series, including how they came to this final installment and where the series’ future could go !

Chucky Season 2 Finale Explained

ComicBook.com: Episode seven felt like your season finale in a way. And then Episode 8 which felt like an epilogue to this story. Was that a conscious decision to tell stories so you could get Chucky at Christmas time?

Don Mancini: A little bit, yes. I just wanted to change things up a bit and play with the structure of the eight episode format. I thought it was just narratively interesting to bring things to a boil so that they flare up in seven minutes and let everyone take a breather and get comfortable, and then say, ‘Oh, don’t get too comfortable.’ And also get the chance to do a Christmas episode with Chucky covering the halls in Mary Michelle’s blood.

A very chucky Christmas

CB: How long has Christmas Time Chucky been something you’ve wanted to do? It must have been there since Seed of Chucky or before.

DM: Oh yeah, I mean decades. We dipped our toe in Seed of Chucky. We did that one little scene that had Jason Flemyng in it, who was in the movie in the movie that Jennifer is making. I wanted to do it and that’s one of the great things about moving to the TV format. We have all these things at our disposal and it’s like, “Oh, we’re not in movies right now. We’re on the TV series, but let’s focus on our climactic Christmas finale.” That’s something that, as a kid watching different shows, I always liked about those shows. So that seemed like fun to do. But like I said, in terms of drama, it was about making the characters think they can relax and what kind of idiots they are.

CB: Now, the way you leave things, of course, you have a lot of options. There are still many threads out there, but what are the next steps? Did you deliberately set season three or are you just leaving the franchise in a place where when you eventually get back to it, you have places to go?

DM: Well, that’s the point, there are no guarantees… And we haven’t gotten our pickup yet. Fingers crossed. But like you say, I mean if we don’t get a pickup, I can continue the story in a movie.

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Chucky season 3 story

CB: Yes

DM: And it’s an interesting cliffhanger where we left things to, because now those kids are much more, what’s the expression, head-on than ever before in regards to what they have to do to deal with Chucky. Because now Caroline has run off with Tiffany. Now they confide in Miss Fairchild. So it’s basically those characters who have aged as kids, but also as Chucky survivors. And now they fall more into the Kyle and Andy category. They know the truth about Chucky. They need to go on the offensive now more than they ever have been in the future. I just thought that would be a nice new place to take them.

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Chucky TV Show Gore

CB: I want to talk about the level of blood you can get away with. Episode 7 Devon Sawa explodes, Episode 8 you cut a woman in half with a chainsaw. Is there a line? Or was that the rule the studio gives you?

DM: I started learning how that line moves fast on television when I first worked on Hannibal. I was often shocked. It’s like, “Oh, can you do that on network television now? Oh, where have I been?” That’s a little bit. I think they’re on board. They’re on board with all this chaos, God loves them. They have been incredibly supportive. So I don’t think we’ve done anything that has offended them yet. So, thank goodness.

CB: You didn’t get a call from standards and practices saying, “Maybe less here.”

DM: No.

CB: That’s great.

DM: Really, it’s great. That’s one of the great things about working with the people we’re on this project. UCP is our studio and SYFY USA, our network, they are all horror fans. I mean, maybe not that surprising with a network called SYFY. But that’s not always the case. I’ve definitely worked on some movies with studio execs where this isn’t really their kind of movie, which isn’t to say they didn’t support our movie, but it’s not really their thing. And one of the benefits of being a parent, I think, is that the network and the studio are now run by people who grew up with Chucky. And they like it. They are legit fans. So in that regard, I’m very lucky in that I think, as I said, they’re very supportive of our brand of chaos.

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Chucky franchise length

CB: I know you just finished the season two finale, but did you really notice that in the last two years with these two seasons, you’ve basically doubled the runtime of the entire franchise?

DM: Oh, I noticed. I feel it in every cell of my body. And I’m constantly, whether it’s in a situation like this, so many Zoom meetings, on-set interviews, I’m constantly looking at footage of myself and I see what it’s gotten out of me. I see myself getting older along with the characters. So yes, I feel it. I am aware.

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An Emmy for Chucky

CB: I’m really not kidding when I ask you this. Will you consider entering Brad for an Emmy for his voiceover work?

DM: Yes! He deserves it. He deserves it. He absolutely deserves it.

CB: The different Chucky variants this season, it’s been a really great performance. I would really like to see some sort of acknowledgment for Brad.

DM: Totally agree. And I think Jennifer deserves some sort of recognition as well. I think Fiona probably does. One of the great things about the show, and I think one of the reasons for its success, is that we have a lot of great actors. And many thanks to our casting directors, Bonnie Zane and Tina Gerussi, for finding many of them for us. So yeah, I’m very much on board for an Emmy campaign for everyone. Everybody.

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Seed from Chucky’s original Glen/Glenda Returns

CB: Let’s switch to one of the big surprises in the finale, you get Billy Boyd back as GG. I’d love to hear how your plans for Glen and Glenda have evolved from Seed of Chucky to now.

DM: Well, in the writers’ room, we were guided by this idea that I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted to honor and depict the trans experience through the crazy metaphorical genre lens we have. And so I knew that broadly speaking the story I wanted to tell was that these two entities were never meant to be two entities. They were born as one entity. And the so-called divisions in their character were to be embraced, not brushed aside. That’s the story we were trying to tell. And I knew I wanted to end up with both personalities, both sides of the coin, back in one body. Because the characters of Glen and Glenda are played by Lachlan throughout the season.

When they are separated after episode four, they miss each other like they are apart. And they never felt whole, as Glenda tells Tiffany, well, she thinks it’s Jennifer at the time. She doesn’t know. They don’t know that their mom isn’t actually Jennifer Tilly at the time, but they say, “We never made it whole. Why?” And so we wanted to make them whole again. So I wanted them back in the same body. But I knew I had to develop it because of the metaphor of the trans experience that it had to be a new evolution. So a single entity is now called GG. And I knew I wanted to hear Billy Boyd voice that character again. That just felt right. And so it was fun to come up with a way to accommodate that. And I’m interested in how it worked for you as a viewer because I thought it was funny and clever as Tiffany says, “Yeah I clock the English thing. This accent you’re doing is over the top.” And she’s like, “Look, this is my accent. You might want to reverse it.” And then GG went, “What would Jennifer Tilly do? Turn that shit on.

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Chucky woke up

CB: I want to go back a little bit to season one, very briefly, which is after Jake and Devon finally got to share their kiss, it was crazy to you how many people were like, “Chucky woke up. I can’t believe it.” That’s insane, isn’t it?

DM: I mean, I’m pretty used to it. I always get that kind of thing. I mean, if Chucky’s awake, he’s been awake for a long time, because his creator is gay. And we’ve been putting LGBTQ stuff into the franchise for a very, very long time. So I just roll my eyes at that. To me it’s not that he’s awake, I just think it’s funny. It’s funny to me that Chucky would say, “Of course I don’t have a problem with my strange kid. I know.” Aside from it being, I think, a legitimate, good message to mostly spread around the world, I just think it’s funny that Chucky says that.

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Chucky Crossover is finally coming

CB: I know in the past, you and I have even talked about it before, that everyone always wants a crossover. They want Chucky to cross something. But has anyone ever actually approached you about that possibility? Did Jason Blum Say “Chucky Meets M3GAN?”

DM: Well, I think M3GAN is too new. I think she wants to see how M3GAN is going to do on her own as the new kid on the block, so to speak. And it looks like M3GAN is about to make quite the splash. I haven’t seen the movie. Everything I’ve seen is what everyone else has seen and that’s a lot of fun. I wouldn’t be against it. You’ve probably read or heard that I’ve always wanted to do a crossover between Freddie and Chucky. I think that would be really nice. But now that we’re doing well in this other medium at Universal, there are other monsters from Universal that could theoretically be at our disposal. So it’s something we talk about. I’ll put it this way.

CB: Okay. Good to hear.

DM: I won’t say too much about it, but stay tuned. It is certainly my interest as well.

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The Chucky Film Franchise INSIDE The Chucky Film Franchise

CB: If I may give you one last quick nerdy question, which is, in this season you’ve established, does Bride of Chucky exist as a movie in your universe.

DM: No, I repeated that Chucky psycho-

CB: But Jake and Devon are talking about Bride of Chucky, a movie starring Jennifer Tilly.

DM: Okay, let’s re-record the exact dialogue.

CB: Okay.

DM: They talk about the doll and Devon says, “She looks like Chucky’s bride. Remember that movie?” But he doesn’t say, “Remember that movie called ‘Bride of Chucky?'” which they say in their own mirror universe, in Chucky Goes Psycho. Chucky’s bride is played by Jennifer Tilly. Only we know that Jennifer Tilly is really different.

CB: But that leads to my bigger question: what does the Chucky movie franchise look like in this universe? Is It Just Chucky Goes Psycho? Or are there others?

DM: It’s just Chucky Goes Psycho in that world. That is the greatest horror of all. Imagine a universe where there’s only one Chucky movie. That’s horrible.

CB: And they probably didn’t even finish it because of everything that’s going on in Seed of Chucky.

DM: Apparently they finished it because that’s the reference. Remember when Meg Tilley says in episode four, “Since you made that stupid Chucky movie, you’ve gotten weird.” And Tiffany says, “No, it wasn’t stupid. It was a big hit.”

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