The HBO Max limited series Station Eleven, based on the book of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel, opens with a devastating pandemic that forever changes the world. As Jeevan (Himesh Patel) wanders a desolate Chicago with the young Kirsten (Matilda Lawler) in tow shortly after the outbreak, an older Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis) acts as part of the Traveling Symphony, a theater troupe that performs across the country, twenty years later. The show slowly fills in the gaps between year one and year twenty over the course of its captivating ten episodes.
I had the chance to speak with Patel, who earned an Emmy nomination for his performance, about what spoke to him in the material, making a show about a pandemic during a pandemic, and what it was like to work opposite the very talented Lawler.
You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.
A post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, this limited drama series tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. STATION ELEVEN is based on the international bestseller of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel.
Station Eleven is available to stream on HBO Max.