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Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:00 am

Foe becomes ally in 'Light as a Feather'

George Dickie | Zap2it

With the curse now on her, McKenna finds herself presented with some unpleasant options as Hulu's “Light as a Feather” opens its second season this week.

Beginning Friday, the new batch of 16 episodes (which will be rolled out in two eight-episode parts) finds the teen played by Liana Liberato with the chrysalis now on her after inheriting it from enemy Violet (Haley Ramm), the result of Violet initiating the lethal game “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” that wound up killing several of their high school classmates.

Pulsing away on her back, the chrysalis begins sucking the life from McKenna, seemingly compelling her to play a new round of the game. But she knows if she does, more people will die, so she's forced to turn to the only person who can possibly help her – Violet.

“McKenna's a good girl and she really doesn't have a bad bone in her body, to be honest,” Liberato explains. “So she's definitely dealing with a very huge moral dilemma because in order for the curse to not kill you, you have to play the game and kill other people, and that's definitely not something McKenna wants to do because she's the one that experienced the repercussions and the pain of what Violet put on them in the first season. But it's really fun to explore that, for sure.”

As the McKenna/Violet relationship develops, McKenna realizes the girl she once reviled for the deaths of her friends isn't the selfish little witch she thought she was, which Liberato says was also an interesting exploration.

“You definitely see a new side of Violet in this season,” Liberato says. “You kind of get to dive into more of like why Violet became the way she did and that she was never like that before and it's the game that caused her to be this person. And I think that both Violet and McKenna are being pulled in directions that they don't want to be pulled in.

“Like McKenna definitely relies a lot on Violet because she's been through it,” she continues. “And yeah, you get to explore a really fun relationship between them. Like obviously in the first season, it was sort of like protagonist versus the antagonist, and now it kind of seems like they lean more on the same side, so that's fun.”