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WATCH: Dirk Gently’s Elijah Wood on playing in the fantasy sandbox for Season 2

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Oct 7, 2017

The second season of BBC America’s cult hit series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is leaning into its fantasy side in Season 2, so we caught up with stars Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, and Jade Esthete to talk about what fans can expect when the series returns. Long story short: fantasy, and feelings.

Season 2 will partially be set in the fantasy realm Wendimoor, and star Elijah Wood told us the second season of the series gives the crew a chance to play in the “sandbox” they spent most of Season 1 setting up and explaining. Wood told SYFY WIRE the first season was getting all these ideas on screen for viewers to understand the world, but now he says they’ve “established who these people are, so [they] can just jump in a new sandbox and have fun.” Esthete said that freedom actually makes Season 2 easier to follow, since they don’t have to spend time laying that groundwork.

As for what fans can expect from Dirk Gently himself? Barnett said he’ll be grappling with “how do you keep friends and have relationships,” because that’s something Dirk isn’t all that familiar with now that his social circle has grown. Since Dirk is “inherently a fairly selfish, self-referential person,” he said it will be difficult for him to maintain his new reality in Year 2.

Season 2 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency premieres October 14 on BBC America.

Check out our full interview below.

*Additional material by Trent Moore.