There’s a startling moment in the Season 2 finale of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in which, when told she has the opportunity to go on tour across the U.S. and Europe as an opening act for singer Shy Baldwin, Rachel Brosnahan‘s Midge Maisel instantly says yes. And she does so without giving any thought to her children, her family or new lover Dr. Benjamin Ettenberg (Zachary Levi). It is, in many ways, a turning point in her life that will be explored in the popular Amazon show’s upcoming third season.
“She didn’t think of anything other than that she got the chance and she’s gonna take it,” series creator Amy Sherman Palladino explained to TVLine. “The deeper she gets into this world, the more she’s gonna learn what it’s gonna take and what is inside her to reach out and go for this thing that she wants so badly, at a time when there’s no easy way for a woman to achieve this goal. That’s part of her journey. We always believed that Midge was actually the happiest in her life — and she will never be as happy again — the night before Joel broke up with her. That’s really when she thought she had everything. Her life was perfect. [By deciding to tour with Shy], she picked a path that is exciting and ambitious. She will travel, she’ll f–k great men, she’ll have ups and downs and make money and lose money. At the end of the day, that will seem like a more exciting life, but it may not be the life that will make her as happy and safe and protected as the other life. And that is the journey that this woman is taking.”
Tony Shalhoub, who plays Midge’s father, Abe Weissman, explained to Entertainment Tonight, “I think I’ve heard that we’re going to Miami in June. That’s all I know. I don’t know what that [entails]. It’s about [Midge’s] tour, but that’s all I got.” He added that we can probably expect a bit of an evolution on Abe’s part in terms of his attitude about what his daughter has chosen to do for a living. “I think that maybe he’s starting to realize that this isn’t just a pipe dream and that maybe, in the eyes of the public, she’s got something. I’m not sure, but I think there’s a little bit of a thaw going on,” Tony said.
Production on Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is expected to start in June.