See (TV series)

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See
See (TV series) poster.jpg
Genre
Created bySteven Knight
Starring
ComposerBear McCreary
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsBritish Columbia, Canada
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–62 minutes
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Audio formatDolby Atmos
Original releaseNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01) –
October 14, 2022 (2022-10-14)

See is an American science fiction drama television series produced for Apple TV+ and starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard in leading roles. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia in the distant future where humanity's descendants have lost their sense of sight, and the ability to see is considered to be myth. The plot is set in motion by the birth of twin sighted children in a mountain tribe.

See was created by Steven Knight. Anders Engström directed a majority of the episodes. It also stars Sylvia Hoeks, Hera Hilmar, Christian Camargo, Archie Madekwe, Nesta Cooper, and Yadira Guevara-Prip. Executive producers include Knight, Law.

The series premiered on November 1, 2019, with a second season premiering on August 27, 2021. The third and final season premiered on August 26, 2022 and concluded on October 14, 2022.[1][2]

Premise[edit]

In the 21st century, a virus wiped out most of humanity. Fewer than two million people survived, and all their descendants have lost their sense of sight. See takes place several centuries later, by which time society has found new ways to socially interact, build, hunt, and survive without vision, albeit at a much lower economic level;[3] humanity has returned to tribal hunter-gatherer and medieval-type societies. Knowledge of the old, sighted world has become lost or distorted; it is believed that materials such as metal, concrete, and plastic were created supernaturally by gods. The concept of vision has become a myth, and any mention of it is considered heresy.

See's action takes place in an area contested by two rivals: the Payan Kingdom (capital city: Kanzua) and the Trivantian Republic (capital city: Trivantes).[4][5] In the mountains, a pregnant woman named Maghra seeks shelter with the Alkenny tribe. The Chief of the Alkenny, Baba Voss, who has been unable to father children, marries her and adopts her children. Their biological father, Jerlamarel, is wanted by the Queen of the Payan Kingdom for the heresy of being "sighted" (the natural ability to see). Word spreads of Jerlamarel siring children, prompting a witch hunt for Jerlamarel and his offspring. Baba Voss must protect both his family and his tribe against the Queen's army.

Locations[edit]

Although filmed in Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario,[6] the plot takes place in what was Western Pennsylvania.[5] Some key names and locations from the show — despite differences due to language change — can be identified:

Source:[4][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jason Momoa as Baba Voss, a fearless warrior and the leader of the Alkenny Tribe. He is the husband of Maghra, older brother of Edo Voss, and the adopted father of Kofun and Haniwa, children born with the now-dormant sense of sight. He places the safety of his family, friends, and tribe as a top priority to protect them from the Witchfinders. This was Jason Momoa's second lead television role (after starring in the Canadian series Frontier).
  • Sylvia Hoeks as Queen Sibeth Kane, the ruler of the Payan Kingdom and Maghra's older sister. She exercises her power ruthlessly and murders anyone who spreads heresy about the sense of sight.
  • Hera Hilmar as Maghra Kane, who joined the Alkenny Tribe as a stranger, soon marrying Baba Voss. She is the younger sister of Sibeth and the mother of Kofun and Haniwa. Fiercely protective of her family, Maghra will do whatever is necessary to keep them alive.
  • Christian Camargo as Tamacti Jun, the royal tax collector and Witchfinder General of the Payan army. A brilliant and violent soldier, he is tasked with finding those with sight, specifically the children of Jerlamarel.
  • Archie Madekwe as Kofun, the son of Baba Voss and Maghra, and the biological son of Jerlamarel, who has the ability to see. Composed, careful and intelligent, he grows to be more cautious than his twin sister Haniwa.
  • Nesta Cooper as Haniwa, the daughter of Baba Voss and Maghra, and the biological daughter of Jerlamarel, who also has the ability to see. Proud, determined, and strong, she grows to be more rebellious than her twin brother Kofun, and more curious about their true origins.
  • Yadira Guevara-Prip as Bow Lion (season 1; guest seasons 2–3), a fierce ally of Baba Voss and a member of the Alkenny Tribe. She is the daughter of The Dreamer and possesses the skills of a "Shadow Warrior", having the rare ability to move undetected by sound or smell.
  • Alfre Woodard as Paris (seasons 1–2), a wise elder member of the Alkenny Tribe. Her innate wisdom guides Baba Voss, especially in times of crisis, and she acts as a mother figure to him. She also serves as the shaman of the tribe.
  • Eden Epstein as Wren (seasons 2–3), a smart and ambitious lieutenant, later captain, of the Trivantian army, who has the ability to see and is a close confidant of Edo Voss.
  • Olivia Cheng as Charlotte (seasons 2–3), a fierce warrior from The Compass, a tribe tasked with protecting sighted children. She has no filter and is not shy about saying whatever is on her mind.
  • Hoon Lee as Toad (season 2), a skilled Witchfinder soldier. He believes sight is evil, which has been ingrained in him since birth.
  • Tom Mison as Lord Harlan (seasons 2–3), the fast talking, smart, and cunning ruler of the city of Pennsa. He is the older brother of Kerrigan and a childhood friend of Maghra.
  • Dave Bautista as Edo Voss (season 2), the vengeful younger brother of Baba Voss and the Commander General of the Trivantian army, the rival kingdom of Payan.
  • David Hewlett as Tormada (season 3; guest season 2), the chief science officer of the Trivantian army who develops a new and devastating form of sighted weaponry.
  • Michael Raymond-James as Ranger (season 3), a childhood friend of Baba from Trivantes, now living as a nomad in the Northern Mountains.

Recurring[edit]

  • Tantoo Cardinal as The Dreamer (season 1), an elder member of the Alkenny Tribe and the mother of Bow Lion.
  • Mojean Aria as Gether Bax (season 1), an untrustworthy member of the Alkenny Tribe and the nephew of Souter Bax.
  • Marilee Talkington as Souter Bax (season 1), a member of the Alkenny Tribe and the aunt of Gether Bax.
  • Bree Klauser as Matal (season 1), a member of the Alkenny Tribe and a "Presage", someone with an extrasensory ability to feel emotions.
  • Luc Roderique as Arca (season 1), the quartermaster of the Alkenny Tribe. Arca is loyal to Baba Voss.
  • Peter James Bryant as Lord Dune (season 1), one of Sibeth Kane's advisors and a member of the ruling council of Payan.
  • Hiro Kanagawa as Lord Unoa (season 1), the royal physician of Payan.
  • Lauren Glazier as Nyrie (season 1), the loyal lady-in-waiting of Sibeth Kane.
  • Franz Drameh as Boots (season 1; guest season 2), a mysterious former member of a scavenger tribe. He is also a son of Jerlamarel and has the ability to see.
  • Timothy Webber as Cutter (season 1), a slave owner who controls a silk manufacturing operation that supplies the nobles of Payan.
  • Jessica Harper as Cora (season 1; guest season 2), a slave who worked at Cutter's silk farms, until she later gains her freedom.
  • Dayo Okeniyi as Oloman (season 2; guest seasons 1, 3), the oldest of Jerlamarel's sighted children and his right hand. He is also a proficient engineer.
  • Alex Breaux as Dax (season 2), a Witchfinder serving under Toad.
  • Adam Morse as Frye (season 2), a Witchfinder serving under Toad.
  • Luke Humphrey as Kerrigan (season 2), Lord Harlan's younger brother and close advisor.
  • Martin Roach as Captain Gosset (seasons 2–3), the commander of the military forces in Pennsa.
  • Nina Kiri as Harmony (season 2; guest season 3), a servant in Pennsa who attends to both Sibeth & Maghra Kane.
  • Adrian Groulx as Rockwell (season 2), a young child of Jerlamarel who was gifted to Edo Voss so he can take advantage of sight in combat.
  • Joe Flanigan as The Military (season 2; guest season 3), a member of the triumvirate that rules The Trivantians who commands the army.
  • Mainei Kinimaka as Belu (season 3; guest season 1), also known as Lu, she is a member of the Alkenny Tribe and a "Kill Dancer", an expert martial artist.
  • Tamara Tunie as Nevla/ The Bank (season 3; guest season 2), a member of the triumvirate that rules The Trivantians who controls the finances and economics.
  • Dean Jagger as Lucien Bray (season 3), a former Witchfinder with a strong hatred of the sighted who openly rebels against his Queen.
  • Trieste Kelly Dunn as Ambassador Trovere (season 3), the new representative of The Trivantians, replacing Scopus, and a former lover of Lord Harlan.
  • Murry Peeters as Shiloh (season 3), a former Witchfinder and Lucien's second-in-command.
  • Matthew G. Taylor as Lieutenant Maddox (season 3), a high-ranking soldier in the Trivantian army who is loyal to Tormada.

Guest[edit]

  • Sharon Taylor as Ilun (season 1), a member of the Alkenny Tribe and a "Ayura", someone with an enhanced sense of hearing.
  • Brianna Clark as Sinjay (season 1), a member of the Alkenny Tribe and a midwife who helps Maghra give birth.
  • Joshua Henry as Jerlamarel (seasons 1–2), a heretic and preacher of sight. He is the biological father of Kofun, Haniwa, Boots, and many other sighted children.
  • Aleks Paunovic as Wech (season 1), a notorious slaver who preys upon vulnerable tribes.
  • Gabrielle Rose as Lady An (season 1), one of Sibeth Kane's advisors and a member of the ruling council of Payan.
  • Kyra Zagorsky as Delia (season 1), a former lover of Jerlamarel and Boot's mother.
  • Damaris Lewis as Sheva, one of Jerlamarel's sighted children who acts as his advisor.
  • Raven Scott as Nonni (seasons 1, 3), one of Jerlamarel's sighted children.
  • Eddie McGee as Yakis (season 2), a blacksmith working in Trivantes and an old friend of Baba Voss.
  • James Immekus as The People (seasons 2–3), a member of the triumvirate that rules The Trivantians who speaks for the civilians of the capital city, Trivantes.
  • David Eisner as Ambassador Scopus (season 2), the representative of The Trivantians.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
18November 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)December 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
28August 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)October 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
38August 26, 2022 (2022-08-26)October 14, 2022 (2022-10-14)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Godflame"Francis LawrenceSteven KnightNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
In a dystopian future where the human race has lost the sense of sight, two babies are born to Maghra—a newcomer to the Alkenny tribe which has settled for generations within a lush forest landscape. Meanwhile, Queen Kane—the ruler of the city of Kanzua and the Witchfinder army, has ordered her Witchfinder General, Tamacti Jun to hunt down any so called "witches"—those who promote the concept of vision or who spread the knowledge of Jerlamarel, a man with the ability to see. At the Alkenny settlement, tribe leader Baba Voss—the adopted father of the babies and Maghra's husband — prepares the village for battle. Tribe member Gether Bax betrays the Alkenny by disclosing the location of the settlement to Tamacti Jun, and also mentions the birth of the babies and the rumors that their father is the mythical Jerlamarel. Baba Voss and the Alkenny engage in a bloody battle to defend the settlement and use fallen rocks to quell the Witchfinder's army. With their location compromised and the Witchfinder army now in pursuit, Baba Voss and Paris follow Jerlamarel's clues and lead the Alkenny to a newly discovered bridge which provides the tribe passage out of the valley. Baba Voss destroys the bridge preventing their pursuers from following. After many days of travel, the Alkenny find a new area to create a settlement.
22"Message in a Bottle"Francis LawrenceSteven KnightNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
While hunting in the forest with the two babies, Baba Voss is attacked by a bear but is saved by an unknown man. The man reveals himself to be Jerlamarel. He asks Baba Voss to raise his children and keep them safe until they are older to receive a hidden a box containing "knowledge". Baba Voss retrieves the box which contains dozens of books. Meanwhile, Gether Bax continues to stoke discontent towards Voss' leadership of the Alkenny. Together with his aunt Souter Bax, they secretly enlist another tribe member – Bow Lion, acting as a Shadow (a person skilled in obtaining information covertly), to spy on Paris. Maghra, Baba Voss and Paris discover that the babies—now named Kofun and Haniwa—can see and agree not to speak of the discovery again for twelve summers. However, Bow Lion tells Gether Bax that Paris and Baba Voss only talk of typical baby things, he thinks she may be lying to him, and sends a message in a bottle down river hoping it will eventually reach the Witchfinder. Twelve summers later, Paris goes against Maghra's wishes and informs Kofun and Haniwa that Jerlamarel is their real father and provides them with the box of books to read and learn from.
33"Fresh Blood"Francis LawrenceSteven Knight and Hadi Nicholas DeebNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
Several years later, Kofun and Haniwa are on the verge of adulthood and have spent the past few years gaining knowledge and skills from Jerlamarel's books. Meanwhile, having failed in his search to locate them over many years, Witchfinder General Tamacti Jun returns to Queen Kane's palace who approves his request to kill himself as opposed to execution as punishment for his failure. Queen Kane receives Gether Bax' message reporting the location of the Alkenny and has a change of heart towards Tamacti Jun, instead ordering him once again to hunt down the children. At the Alkenny's settlement, Gether and Souter Bax' incestuous relationship results in a stillborn and disfigured child. In response, Baba Voss, Maghra and Paris along with several younger Alkenny seek out a nearby festival to encourage tribe members to seek partners from outside their tribe. Unknown to them, Kofun and Haniwa follow behind. The group reach the festival but discover the Witchfinder's rumors of witches have spread and witness innocent people being burned alive. After Kofun is captured by slave traders, Haniwa informs her parents and the group track them to a former mining quarry. Baba Voss reveals his shame of being a former slaver to his family, before carrying out a violent rescue of Kofun. The tribe return to the Alkenny settlement to discover the Witchfinder army on the verge of mounting an attack.
44"The River"Anders EngströmSteven Knight and Hadi Nicholas DeebNovember 8, 2019 (2019-11-08)
As the Witchfinder army invades the Alkenny settlement, Baba Voss, Maghra, Paris, Kofun and Haniwa escape along with Bow Lion. Baba Voss leads the group to a river and a raft he had previously constructed in secret. Gether Bax leads the Witchfinders to the river in pursuit of the group who defends themselves against the attack. Haniwa fatally wounds Gether Bax and the tribe escape downriver. Meanwhile, Queen Kane's parliament convenes and expresses frustration at the number of resources being used to locate Jerlamarel's children over the years. Shortly after, two parliament members—Lord Dune and Lady An, conspire to murder Queen Kane but the plot is overheard by the Queen's lady-in-waiting Nyrie who discloses the plan. Back at the river, Paris reveals a final letter to Kofun and Haniwa from their father. The letter provides directions to Jerlamarel's location. The group vote in favor of following his instructions but discover their belongings missing the next morning. Maghra frets over an item belonging to her father and instructs Baba to find it. Meanwhile, Queen Kane having been lured into a trap, executes Lord Dune and Lady An with the help of Nyrie. With her followers rising up against her, Queen Kane destabilizes the Kanzua dam causing the structure to collapse and flooding the village.
55"Plastic"Anders EngströmTeleplay by : Steven Knight and Jonathan E. Steinberg
Story by : Steven Knight and Soo Hugh
November 15, 2019 (2019-11-15)
As the valley floods following the Kanzua dam collapse, Queen Kane and Nyrie escape. Back at the river, Baba Voss, Kofun and Haniwa search for the missing items and locate a scavenger settlement nearby. Haniwa enters the settlement and locates the missing items but is attacked by a lone figure with Baba Voss and Kofun coming to her rescue. The lone occupant is revealed to be a young man by the name of Boots—another of Jerlamarel's children who also has the ability to see. Boots pledges his loyalty to Baba Voss on the condition he can join the group in their journey. Meanwhile, Queen Kane, Nyrie and her driver are attacked by two Shadow Warriors. Nyrie and the driver are killed while Queen Kane is captured and taken to a nearby silk manufacturing settlement known as the City of Worms where she is presented to its leader Cutter. Unaware of her true identity, Cutter forces Queen Kane into slavery. At the river, Haniwa returns the small bag to Maghra. The group are located by the Witchfinder army once again and forced to retreat into the forest. Maghra and Paris take shelter while Baba Voss and the rest of the group fight off their pursuers. Maghra comes out of hiding and confronts the Witchfinder General, Tamacti Jun. The item inside Maghra's bag is revealed to be a ring worn only by royalty. Upon hearing the familiar sound of the ring's rattle, Tamacti Jun bows before Maghra and addresses her as Princess Maghra of House Kane.
66"Silk"Stephen SurjikSteven Knight and Jonathan E. Steinberg & Dan ShotzNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Maghra reveals to Tamacti Jun that years earlier, her dying father, the former King of House Kane, chose her as his successor over her older sister. With no proof other than her word, Maghra reminds Tamacti Jun that it was his deciding vote that saw Queen Kane emerge as monarch instead. Meanwhile, at the City of Worms, a slave by the name of Cora befriends the captive Queen Kane who later reveals her royal status in confidence. Cora is revealed to be acting on Cutter's orders to gain information. Queen Kane is brought to him, and Cutter removes a royal amulet embedded within her chest. Back at the river, Boots falsely claims he witnessed Maghra's death and betrays the group by leading them to a cave where they are held in captivity. A woman claiming to be Boots' mother approaches the group and offers to help them escape on the condition that one of them kill Boots due to his past actions. Baba Voss fights off several of their captors allowing the others to reach the surface, before barely escaping himself. Nearby, Boots allows himself to be taken captive by the Witchfinder army and is taken to Maghra. Shortly after, messengers deliver a ransom note from Cutter to Tamacti Jun informing him of Queen's imprisonment, along with the royal amulet as proof of her identity. Boots requests that Maghra let him serve as her lieutenant and offers to track down her sister.
77"The Lavender Road"Frederick E.O. ToyeSteven Knight and Robert LevineNovember 29, 2019 (2019-11-29)
Tamacti Jun tortures the messengers from the City of Worms to reveal its location, having captured them with the help of Boots. Leaving behind a small fraction of soldiers to search for Maghra's family, Tamacti Jun takes Maghra, Boots, and the rest of his army to rescue Queen Kane. Locating the City of Worms, Tamacti Jun sends Boots to scout the area, then uses the information to infiltrate the site himself. After killing the guards, he finds the injured Queen, who has been helped by Cora during the commotion to overpower Cutter and strangle him with her chains. Maghra comes to aid her sister, who deduces her identity. Queen Kane reveals that she destroyed the dam at Kanzua as she fled to kill her opposers. Tamacti Jun reacts with anger at her selfish actions and considers whether Maghra would be a more suitable replacement as monarch. Meanwhile, the others locate the route to Jerlamarel's location. The group meet resistance whilst attempting to cross a mountain pass and Bow Lion is injured. Kofun and Haniwa reveal themselves as the children of Jerlamarel, but only they are permitted to pass through the bridge to the House of Enlightenment. Baba Voss insists that Kofun and Haniwa proceed onto their destiny. However, he reveals to Paris that they will stay close behind.
88"House of Enlightenment"Salli Richardson-WhitfieldSteven Knight and Jonathan TropperDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Jerlamarel appears and welcomes the twins to the House of Enlightenment—a former prison converted into a settlement with electricity, hot water and an extensive library. He introduces them to their other siblings. The pair realize Jerlamarel views himself as a savior of mankind and that he has been chosen by God to bring vision back to the world. Nearby, Baba Voss and Paris leave a injured Bow Lion in the care of another tribe. Meanwhile, at the City of Worms, Tamacti Jun agrees with Maghra that Queen Kane should abdicate the crown. Maghra informs the Queen of the choices open to her, but that ultimately it will not be her decision. Back at the House of Enlightenment, Kofun wakes and overhears Jerlamarel secretly discussing the handover of the twins to a Colonel from the Trivantian tribe who acts on behalf of a mysterious General seeking the children of Baba Voss. Jerlamarel agrees to only hand over Haniwa, which the Colonel accepts. Kofun is discovered and imprisoned before confronting Jerlamarel who fails to convince Kofun of his actions. Kofun attacks Jerlamarel who then orders guards to execute him. Outside, Kofun is saved by Baba Voss and the two re-enter the settlement. Kofun shuts down the generator, while Baba Voss discovers Jerlamarel handed Haniwa over to General Edo Voss, his brother. Baba defeats and blinds Jerlamarel before he and Kofun escape and reunite with Paris. At the City of Worms, Tamacti Jun and Maghra press Queen Kane for her answer, before Boots appears and seriously wounds Tamacti Jun. Maghra and Queen Kane emerge and address the Witchfinder army as joint rulers and announce Tamacti Jun committed suicide out of shame, before Maghra orders the army head to the Lavender Road to look for her family. Meanwhile, Baba Voss, Kofun and Paris come across a large city and vow to save Haniwa.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Brothers and Sisters"Simon Cellan-JonesJonathan TropperAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
Baba Voss searches for Haniwa in Trivantes which is revealed to be his former home now led by his Baba's brother and archenemy Edo Voss, the head of the Trivantian army. Unbeknownst to anyone else, Wren, Edo's top lieutenant, is sighted. Queen Kane consecrates Pennsa as the new Payan capital, usurping Lord Harlan from his own home. Maghra who knew Harlan when they were children tries to quell his doubts about how Kanzua was destroyed. Sibeth falsely proclaims that the Trivantian Republic destroyed Kanzua, and vows to go to war with Trivantes. She declares that she is pregnant, and that the child will be sighted, and that the prophesied "chosen one" will lead Payan to victory as the region's dominant kingdom. Consequently, she declares that sighted people are no longer witches, which upsets a significant portion of her subjects. Meanwhile, a contingent of the Witchfinder army finds Kofun and intend to bring back to his mother leaving Paris behind.
102"Forever"Frederick E.O. Toye & Anders EngströmStephen TolkinSeptember 3, 2021 (2021-09-03)
Baba is in the Trivantian capital. Baba comes face-to-face with Edo. Edo’s Commander Wren is put in charge of Haniwa and they fall in love with each other. Tamacti Jun survived the attack on him by Queen Kane and Boots and the following fire and is now and imprisoned in Trivantes. Baba and Tamacti Jun run into each other in the Trivantes dungeon and tells Baba that Princess Maghra lives and is with Queen Kane. Baba is tortured by Edo’s men and then paraded around the city before they plan to execute him. Wren decides to help Baba escape and they go searching for Haniwa. Jerlamarel struggles to accept that he has forever lost the ability to see. Queen Kane instructs her sister, Maghra, that she is to marry Lord Harlan. Maghra protests and says that she is married to Baba. Brothers Edo and Baba battle it out. Haniwa rescues Baba from Edo. Baba frees Tamacti Jun to help fight their way out of Trivantes with Haniwa. Wren declines Haniwa's request that she join them and stays behind in Trivantes. Queen Kane miscarries the child she conceived with Boots; in her confusion and anger she murders Cora and Boots.
113"The Compass"Frederick E.O. Toye & Anders EngströmShelley MealsSeptember 10, 2021 (2021-09-10)
Edo's leadership is called into question by the triumvirate. Edo commands Wren to find the traitor who helped Baba, Tamacti Jun and Haniwa escape. Baba, Tamacti Jun and Haniwa leave Trivantes to go to search for Kofun and plan to reunite with Maghra. Lord Harlan, in the silent presence of Queen Kane, questions Palace Sentry Zechan about what happened to the city of Kanzua. He tells Lord Harlan that the Trivantians did not attack the city, but that he suspects Queen Kane destroyed the city as the people were turning against her. Harlan then kills Zechan. Queen Kane blackmails Princess Maghra to marry Lord Harlan by claiming her son, Kofun, will not be safe if she does not marry Harlan. Maghra agrees to the marriage as long as Harlan understands that this is only an arrangement of convenience and that the marriage will not be consummated. Paris, along with people from The Compass (guardians sworn to save the sighted) come and save Haniwa, Baba and Tamacti Jun from Slavers. Maghra makes her own plans with Harlan regarding their marriage of convenience. Paris shares her story with Haniwa about how she was a Compass Guardian and warrior; sworn to protect those with sight. She reveals that she was given the job of protecting a gifted sighted child - she reveals this child was Jerlameral, Haniwa’s birth father. Jerlameral ran away from Paris with the books and coded ropes. Paris felt she had failed The Compass and left them. Witch hunters Axe, Dax and Frye attack Kofun in the hopes of killing him. Witch hunter Toad fights against them all to protect Kofun.
124"The Witchfinder"Anders EngströmJennifer YaleSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
Kofun and Toad arrive in Pennsa as Maghra’s wedding day to marry Lord Harlan is to commence. Kofun begs his mother, Maghra, not to marry, but she tells him she will explain everything later and is doing this for their protection. Maghra instructs Kofun to remain in her room during the marriage ceremony, but he sneaks out to witness this travesty against his father, Baba Voss. After the wedding, Queen Kane approaches Kofun and makes flirtatious innuendos towards him. With Baba feverish, he Haniwa and Paris make their way to the village of Valier. Tamacti Jun remains behind as he had previously caused much harm to the village. Baba, Paris, and Haniwa run into trusted friend, Bow Lion, who is now practicing to be a healer. Meanwhile, not knowing that Haniwa is now with Baba, Princess Maghra seeks out Lord Harlan to hire his brother, Kerrigan, to go rescue Haniwa from Trivantes. Baba and his group head to Pennsa.
135"The Dinner Party"Anders EngströmKirsa ReinSeptember 23, 2021 (2021-09-23)
Queen Kane gathers her council together to see how many men they have in their armies to fight against the Trivantians. Princess Maghra and Lord Harlan conspire together to gain peace with the Trivantians. Maghra talks to Queen Kane regarding the same. The Queen says peace with the Trivantians will only come once they make a formal apology for their attack on the City of Kanzua and pays homage to them. Baba Voss and his party arrive at the City of Pennsa. Kofun wants Toad to train him in the art of battle so he can help to protect his family. Leutinant Wren talks with Edo Voss asking him to seek for peace with the Payan people. Edo agrees to send Wren as his ambassador to broker this peace; although Edo says that Queen Kane has gotten bold to blame them for destroying the city of Kanzua and that this is an act of war against the Trivantians. Tamacti Jun scopes out the palace to find Princess Maghra. Baba's family is finally reunited and Queen Kane holds a dinner party to welcome them all home and extends her fake love towards them all. But their joy is cut short when the Queen's plans are revealed to send Princess Maghra as her ambassador to Trivantes to discuss a peace plan. The Queen says she will make the Trivantes grovel for this peace; which Baba and Paris says will never happen. Later that evening Lord Harlan goes to Princess Maghra’s room and speaks to her and Baba Voss; telling them to keep their marriage a secret or it will cause problems for all of them if the people of Pennsa find out the princess is already married to Baba. While hugging Baba from behind Maghra feels the scars on Baba’s back that he received while imprisoned trying to rescue Haniwa. Tamacti Jun goes to Toad and tells him he is still alive. Paris overhears some people talking about not trusting the Queen’s views about the sighted ones saying it will start riots at the city’s gate. Toad takes a message to Paris for Princess Maghra. Paris asks him to protect Kofun and to keep him out of trouble, to which he agrees to do only because Paris asks this of him. Toad takes Princess Maghra and Baba to meet with Tamacti Jun. Princess Maghra instructed Tamacti Jun to gather his witch hunters for their army. Lord Harlan receives a message and a satchel which contains Kerrigan’s head. Harlan goes into a screaming, crying fit at the loss of his brother. Princess Maghra tries to comfort Harlan. Queen Kane goes to Kofun with a jug of wine. In the hopes of gaining his trust she talks to him of the burden of being God’s Queen and shares her secret sadness with him in losing her baby and being alone with no husband or children. She wants his trust and wants him to know her. She touches the private part of his body and encourages him to touch her “God flame.” It is her hope that he will impregnate her.
146"The Truth About Unicorns"Anders EngströmNelson GreavesOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)
Princess Maghra, Lord Harlan, and Baba head to the peace summit with the Trivantians. Paris has a vision about betrayal and blood. Edo Voss makes Wren a Captain so that the Payans delegation will listen to what she says. Toad begins training Kofun in the art of battle and defending himself. Later Queen Kane and Kofun spend the day out riding a horse together and the Queen claims she has never known such freedom and thanks Kofun for the fun ride. Haniwa finally catches up with Maghra, Baba and Lord Harlan just as they are about to enter into the negotiations with the Trivantes and warns them about Paris' vision. Paris warns Kofun to be wary of Queen Zane and not to trust her. Meanwhile Lord Harlan tells Princess Maghra that he has set up a private meeting for them to meet with Trivantian Ambassador Scopus to arrange peaceful negotiations which will they will then pretend to do again in the morning in front of everyone. That evening Queen Kane has a private dinner with Kofun. She gets him to share in taking a portion of Thornflower, known as “the journeyer” which is a hallucinatory plant. The Queen tells him in order for the drug to work he has to touch her body in sexual ways. This leads to much confusion on Kofun's part, but he does partakes of sexual acts with the Queen. Toad approaches Paris and she berates him for teaching Kofun the art of battle. Toad tells her he is showing Kofun how to protect and defend himself. Early the next morning Queen Zane seeks out Kofun to strength her hold on him she makes a pact with him that they will never lie to each other, even if the truth is hurtful. Kofun agrees. The next evening Haniwa and Captain Wren make love to each other. While Paris’ vision comes true when Payan assassins attack the summit camp killing Commandar Scopus, the guards and everyone with the Trivantian peace committee. Captain Wren is the only survivor and she believes that Haniwa lied about her feelings for her and used her to distract her from the assassins. Wren leaves to return to Trivantes. Edo Voss asks Wren how she could be the only one to get away safety and she shares her secret with him that she can see. Queen Kane goes to Kofun in the middle of the night, telling him she is afraid that something bad is about to happen and only trusts him. He tells her that she can stay the night with him. She undresses and climbs into his bed naked. The next morning Princess Maghra returns to the City of Pannas, goes directly to the Queen and throws the meal she is eating across the table.
157"The Queen's Speech"Anders EngströmJamie ChanOctober 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)
Queen Kane declares that the Payan are now at war against the Trivante people. Queen Kane's treachery forces Maghra's hand. Tamacti Jun appears before the court and tells them all that it was Queen Kane who destroyed her city and killed her people. The Queen calls for Princess Maghra and Tamacti Jun be arrested and jailed for treason. But then Lord Harlan claims that the Queen is indeed lying and that the people are against her. Tamacti Jun prepares to behead Queen Kane but Paris stops them by telling everyone that, unbeknown to the Queen, she is pregnant and should be kept alive until the child is born. This is upsetting news to Kofun as he had no idea. The Queen is placed under house arrest with guards at her room. Due to Captain Wren’s sight, she led the Trivantians against the Village of Woodvale which has fallen into their hands. They now march on to Pennsa with sighted soldiers. Princess Maghra, Captain Gosset, Baba and Tamacti Jun plan for the offensive against Trivantes army which is approaching them faster than they anticipated. That is when Haniwa shares with them that the Trivantes General has been secretly training and using sighted soldiers to help them in their attack. It is decided that Payan’s army will meet with the Trivantians at Greenhill Gap fortress. Haniwa and Kofun vow to go with the Payan army to fight. Back in their room Baba Voss strongly disagrees with this and tells Maghra to force them to stay behind, she says they are now adults with opinions, views, and ideas of their own. Edo Voss hires an assassin. Kofun approaches Queen Kane and accuses her of using him to impregnate her. She tells him that he will fulfill the prophecy of bringing a sighted child into the world who will rule. Queen Maghra suits up for battle to join her men, but Tamacti Jun stops her by telling her that she endangers the whole army by going into battle with them as they will be more worried about protecting her than anything else. He tells her she must do what every great leader does - bless and inspire her army in their fight. Newly appointed Queen Maghra gives a stirring speech to the Payan army. Tamacti Jun leads the Payan army out to war, followed by Baba Voss, Kofun and Haniwa. Paris asks Toad to join her on a secret journey. Haniwa asks Kofun to shares his troubled thoughts with her, instead he ask her to read something to him from her book of poems. The assassin hired by Edo Voss attempts to kill Queen Maghra who fights for her life. Lord Harlan comes to her rescue but is injured. Queen Maghra fights once again against the assassin, killing him by stabbing him through his eye with her tuning fork. The Trivantian army approaches Greenhill Gap with 350 fighters, 100 more than Tamacti Jun and Baba Voss were told. Haniwa approaches the Trivantian Army to speak to Captain Wren. Wren is convinced that Haniwa was complicit in the assassination, but Haniwa makes a plea to her in a bid for peace and tells her that Queen Kane was disposed and how Maghra reigns as Queen and she does not want this war which was caused by Queen Kane’s malicious lies. Wren tells her it is too late as the war is starting. She hands Haniwa her shield and tells her to run back to the fort. Haniwa runs back amid flying arrows.
168"Rock-a-Bye"Anders EngströmJonathan TropperOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
Haniwa runs and returns to Greenhill Gap fortress. They close up the gates and prepare for battle. Timacti Jun sends a rider to Queen Maghra to prepare to evacuate the city. Paris meets up with other “hidden tribes” who come to fight with Baba Voss and pledge their loyalty to him. Queen Maghra goes to her sister, Sibeth Kane, and ask who the father of her child is? Sibeth tells it is Kofun. Maghra tells Sibeth that she will ever know her child and her child will never know her as she plans to take the child as soon as it is delivered and raise it as her own. Baba gives a speech to the army encouraging them to fight for their families freedom. Baba and Edo Voss lead their respective armies into a truly epic battle that is eventually won by Baba's forces, although Toad is killed in the fighting after saving Kofun. Wren falls into a frozen river trap set by the Payan’s army, but survives and makes her way out of the frozen icy waters. After the battle, Baba hears a faint Ranger whistle and knows it is his brother, Edo, calling him. They battle it out on the bridge and Baba kills Edo, although the brothers come to a kind of reconciliation at the very end. Haniwa tries to convince Wren to stay with her, but Wren says she has to stay with her family the Trivantes. Paris finds Toad deceased and holds him to her for a bit. The successful Payan army returns to Pannas. Baba, Kofun and Haniwa are reunited with Maghra. Queen Maghra releases the Witch Finder Army from their vow of service. She also makes Timacti Jun “High General of the Payan Army,” and names the former Witch Finders to Payan’s Royal Guard, but 22 of them turn it down and walk away. The Trivantian Commander has Jermeral’s oldest sighted son, Oloman, under his control, forcing him to put together explosives to destroy their enemies. Baba says his goodbyes to each of his family members while they are soundly sleeping and then leaves Pannas for roads unknown. Paris hears that the exposed Queen Sibeth Kane was crying out in her sleep and goes to check on her pregnancy. Sibeth shows concern about her child, but then murders Paris, telling her as she dies that anyone who tried to take her child will die, even the child itself if need be.

Season 3 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
171"Heavy Hangs the Head"Anders EngströmJonathan Tropper & Jennifer YaleAugust 26, 2022 (2022-08-26)
182"Watch Out for Wolves"Anders EngströmKate Erickson and Jennifer YaleSeptember 2, 2022 (2022-09-02)
193"This Land Is Your Land"Anders EngströmAdam Stein and Jonathan TropperSeptember 9, 2022 (2022-09-09)
204"The Storm"Anders EngströmDagny Looper and Nelson GreavesSeptember 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)
215"The House of Enlightenment"Anders EngströmAdam Benic and Jennifer YaleSeptember 23, 2022 (2022-09-23)
226"The Lowlands"Anders EngströmKarl Taro Greenfeld and Nelson GreavesSeptember 30, 2022 (2022-09-30)
237"God Thunder"Anders EngströmJennifer Yale and Jonathan TropperOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
248"I See You"Anders EngströmJonathan TropperOctober 14, 2022 (2022-10-14)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 10, 2018, it was announced that Apple had given the production a series order for a single eight-episode season. The series was written by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence, both of whom also executive produced alongside Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo. Production companies involved with the series consisted of Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Lawrence, Knight, the show's writers, and the art and prop departments worked with blindness consultants, an evolutionary biologist, and a survivalist on worldbuilding See, brainstorming about how societies would develop and function under such conditions.[14][15]

On November 7, 2019, Apple ordered a second season of the series.[16] In June 2021, Apple announced the show was to be renewed for a third season.[17]In June 2022, it was announced that the third season consisting of eight episodes would conclude the series. The final season premiered on August 26, 2022 and concluded on October 14, 2022.[1][18]

Casting/preproduction[edit]

A July 2018 announcement revealed that Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard had been cast in series regular roles,[19][20][21][22] followed by news that Yadira Guevara-Prip, Nesta Cooper, Sylvia Hoeks, and Archie Madekwe had joined the main cast a month later.[23][24] On October 18, 2018, it was reported that Christian Camargo and Hera Hilmar had been cast in series regular roles.[25]

Before filming began, the cast — which mostly consisted of sighted actors — underwent a month of rigorous "blindness training" with blindness coach Joe Strechay.[26] The actors — sometimes wearing sleep shades — learning how to move sightlessly and to develop their other senses, including the rudimentary ability to echolocate.[27][28][29] The goal was to also avoid the usual media clichés of blindness, such as characters constantly feeling each other's faces.[30] The actors were also trained by movement director Paradox Pollack.[29]

A few blind and low-sighted actors were cast in supporting roles, including Bree Klauser and Marilee Talkington, with the goal to increase that number in later seasons.[31][14][28] Blind actor Adam Morse had a small role in season 2 as Frye, a Witchfinder serving under the character Toad.[32]

Oliver Rae Aleron and Spencer Prewett from Archspire appear in a cameo in the first episode.[33]

In January 2020, it was announced that Dave Bautista would be joining the series for season 2, playing the brother of Baba Voss.[34][35] In February 2020, news followed that Adrian Paul would also be joining the cast, playing a character named Lord Harlan,[36] though Tom Mison would end up taking that role. In October 2020, it was announced that Jason Momoa's former Stargate Atlantis castmate, Joe Flanigan, had been cast in the second season of the show in a recurring role.[37] In June 2021, it was announced Eden Epstein, Tom Mison, Hoon Lee and Olivia Cheng had joined Bautista as new series regulars for the second season whilst David Hewlett and Tamara Tunie would guest star.[38]

In June 2022, it was announced that David Hewlett, who guest starred in the second season, was promoted to series regular for the third and final season and was joined by new series regular Michael Raymond-James whilst Trieste Kelly Dunn would guest star.[39]

Filming[edit]

Principal and major photography for the first season commenced on September 17, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and ended on February 8, 2019.[40][41] In October 2018, filming was reported to be taking place in Coquitlam, Eagle Mountain, North Vancouver (water shed), Rutheford service road, Pemberton, Deroche, Delta at Boundary Bay, Mission, Squamish Valley, Youth Detention Center Burnaby, Allouette in Mapleridge and the Campbell River and Strathcona Provincial Park areas of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.[42] Production costs for See rivaled that of HBO's Game of Thrones, though rumors that the budget for the first two seasons was $240 million, or $15 million per episode,[30] were debunked by Lawrence.[14]

Filming for the second season was expected to begin on February 3, 2020, and end on July 10, 2020.[43] However, in March 2020, production was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[44] In September 2020, it was reported that See would resume filming on October 14, 2020, in Toronto.[45] The second season finished filming on March 18, 2021.[46]

Prior to the premiere of season two, the show was renewed for a third season with filming beginning in May and wrapping in November 2021.[47][17][48]

Release[edit]

During Apple WWDC 2021, a sizzle reel included footage from the second season. A few days later, on June 10, 2021, a teaser for the second season was revealed along with the release of August 27, 2021.[49]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 44% approval rating based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 5.30/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though its capable cast is clearly game, an over-reliance on gore and a grimly—and at times comically—convoluted narrative blurs See's bold vision."[50] On Metacritic the series has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100 based on reviews from 25 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[51]

In November 2019, Variety's Daniel D'Addario was critical of the show, saying it: "Wastes the time of Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, among others, on a story that starts from a position of fun, giddy strangeness and drags itself forward at a lugubrious pace."[52]

Ben Travers at IndieWire responded positively to the first season: "Steven Knight's action-drama is a strange-but-effective blend" and "the balance isn't quite there yet, as episodes don't exactly earn their hourlong run time. Momoa, meanwhile, fits the role well."[53]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season an 83% approval rating based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 7.10/10.[54] Season 2 broke the viewership record for Apple TV, becoming the channel's most-watched drama series.[55]

Collider, in reviewing the final season, wrote, "Season 3, which also serves as the conclusion of the show, continues this positive trajectory, arriving at an ending that offers plenty of well-staged action that also delves deeper into the characters nearing the end of their story."[56]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2019 IGN's Best of 2019 Awards Best Action TV Series See Nominated [57]
2020 The CAFTCAD Awards Excellence in Crafts – Textiles Lanny Campbell, Ellie Schultz, Samantha Stroman, Carolyn Bentley, Ciara Brady, & Gaye Gardiner Won [58]
Excellence in Crafts, Western Canada – Building Kieu Nguyen, Tannis Hegan, Ying Quan, Roma Wnuk, Renee Hope Twaddle Won
Directors Guild of Canada Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Stephen Surjik (for "Silk") Nominated [59]
The Joey Awards Best Actress in a Guest Role on a TV Series 11–16 years Ava Sleeth Won [60]
Leo Awards Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series Toby Lindala, Bree-Anna Lehto, Connie Parker, Matthew Aebig, Lanny C. Brown Nominated [61]
Location Managers Guild International Awards Outstanding Locations in Period Television Trevor Brokop, Nick Bergstedt, Michael Gazetas Nominated [62]
Ruderman Family Foundation Seal of Authentic Representation Authentic Representation See Won [63]
SXSW Film Festival Excellence in Title Design Karin Fong Won [64]
UBCP/ACTRA Awards Best Supporting Performance, Female Kyra Zagorsky (for "Silk") Nominated [65]
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Adrian de Wet, Eve Fizzinoglia, Matthew Welford, Pedro Sabrosa, Tom Blacklock (for "Godflame") Nominated [66]
2022 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Chris Wright, Parker Chehak, Javier Roca, Tristan Zerafa, Tony Kenny (for "Rock-A-Bye") Won [67][68]
2023 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Chris Wright, Parker Chehak, Tristan Zerafa, Oscar Perea, Tony Kenny (for "I See You") Pending [69]

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