Mythic Quest co-creator and star Rob McElhenney says the pandemic forced the production to rewrite the scripts for Season 2.

One major television production impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was the Apple TV+ original comedy series Mythic Quest, leading to drastic changes to its Season 2 plans.

Days into filming Season 2, the pandemic forced television productions in the greater Los Angeles area to shut down to slow the contagion’s spread. Because of the changes to working conditions and the pandemic’s impact on the wider world, series co-creator, executive producer and star Rob McElhenney said the production scrapped its original set of Season 2 scripts.

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“We threw out all the scripts,” McElhenney told CBR. “It was miserable. We were devastated. We had just worked for months, and we realized the world is different now and we can’t go shoot this season. Over the break, we wrote an entirely new season, and that’s what we shot.”

In the interim, Mythic Quest produced two standalone specials set in between the first and second seasons. The first special dealt with the pandemic impacting the fictional video game development studio directly, with the characters working from home and dealing with its impacts on their mental health. The second special, released two weeks ahead of the Season 2 premiere, focused on the staff celebrating as they returned to working at the office.

Mythic Quest stars Rob McElhenney, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Imani Hakim, Jessie Ennis and F. Murray Abraham, with Naomi Ekperigin, Caitlin McGee, Humphrey Ker, Chris Naoki Lee and Jonathan Wiggs. Season 2 premieres Friday, May 7 on Apple TV+.

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