Marcy's Journal - a Guide to Amphibia
About this deal
Amphibia was so delicious to write because even though there are incredibly high stakes and world threatening villains, it’s ultimately about strong personal relationships between the characters. The fate of the universe feels equally important to the fate of this friendship. We seeded that question very early in the audience as well so for three seasons viewers have been wondering just what is going to happen with these friends??? MB: The diary format really let us go wild with the characters’ inner thoughts in ways that would not have been appropriate on screen. For a show, rambly dialogue and inner monologues are big no nos…but for a book like this it’s extremely natural.
MB: I think a lot of artists struggle with self-worth, so it’s an easy thing to project on our characters. I also think the idea of empathy as an important and valuable quality is something that is (thankfully) becoming more popular in fiction. TG: It’s also surprisingly dark when you take away the fact Marcy is a zoomer weeaboo and Anne is a lovable dork, with a deeper glimpse into mental health and personal introspection than I could have expected. Was there fun material here you could delve into that the show couldn’t offer? Plus, from my point of view, the ending is very sweet! Seeing Anne, Sasha, and Marcy reunite after all those years never fails to melt my heart.
TG: When it comes to the third season, from both a narrative and character perspective, do you feel like you achieved everything you wanted when it comes to wrapping things up for Amphibia? MB: Totally. This was a series that was essentially prohibited from having continuity in its first season. I remember the episode Prison Break was upsetting to some of our executives because it didn’t follow the same slice of life pattern as the episodes before it. The slightest bits of serialised storytelling would often result in finger wagging from the top and a speech about how these choices would cost us viewers. For example, the space battle in The Hardest Thing is such a powerful moment for Anne, Sasha, and Marcy because it’s their last dance together. Even though the sequence is unquestionably triumphant and joyous, there is something beautifully sad underneath the surface as well. The real gift of the adventure was to let the three of them fully understand one another and see each other truly for the first time…which in turn lets them bravely go their separate ways.