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Chernobyl Creator Speaks About The Hidden Meaning Behind The Season Finale

Chernobyl Creator Speaks About The Hidden Meaning Behind The Season Finale

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

We've said it once and we'll say it again - if you haven't already watched Sky Original Chernobyl cancel your evening plans and make a start, whatever you do.

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It's come to an end after last night's season finale on Sky Atlantic, where we watched Valery Legasov (Jared Harris), Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) and Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about the real life nuclear disaster.

Now the Sky and HBO miniseries' creator and writer, Craig Mazin has shed some light on some of the decisions he made throughout the production process. And the intention behind some key lines in the searing script.

Throwing it back to the first episode, we were introduced to the disaster itself - which unfolded on 26 April 1986. Quickly bringing it right back to the finale, we watched on as it was uncovered that human error was responsible for the disaster - just as much as the technical malfunction was.

During the aftermath of the accident, it was the people involved in the clean up and evacuation that helped that saved Europe.

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You may or may not have noticed, but in the first scene and the final scene the phrase 'the cost of lies' was repeated, with Mazin saying this was deliberate.

Speaking to Slate, he said: "Well, we are experiencing something now that I used to think was mostly just a phenomenon in a place like the Soviet Union, which is a disconnection from truth.

"And the emergence of a cult of personality. And a distrust and debasement of experts who don't go along with whatever the official narrative is.

"It's so upsetting, and we don't know quite how to handle it. What I want people to consider is that no matter what it is we want to believe, and no matter what story it is we want to jam the world into, the truth is the truth.

Craig Mazin said that he sees similarity between the events in 1986 and the current political climate. Credit: Sky/HBO
Craig Mazin said that he sees similarity between the events in 1986 and the current political climate. Credit: Sky/HBO

"If you organise your life around some political party's list of things you should believe, or an individual that you think is going to come and save you, you are disconnecting yourself from truth. And there is a price to pay.

"We live on a planet that is under threat, and scientists are warning us, just as they did in the '70s regarding RBMK reactors in the Soviet Union.

"Governments are choosing to listen or not listen, and people are choosing to listen or not listen. But the truth, the globe, the thermometer, doesn't care. And the RBMK didn't care either. It didn't matter what they wanted to do that night.

"It didn't matter that the fatal flaw of the RBMK reactor was a state secret. The reactor didn't care. And that's the problem we struggle with. We are attempting to make ourselves superior to fact, and we are not."

Featured Image Credit: Sky/HBO

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, HBO, Sky, Chernobyl

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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