The Sympathizer season 1 episode 4: An uninvited guest?

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As you prepare to see The Sympathizer season 1 episode 4 on HBO next week, what stories are going to stand out above all others?

One crazy thing to note above all else is just how far we are into this journey already. Episode 4 represents the midway point of the Robert Downey Jr. series, and that also means that a lot of things around the set and off of it are going to be moving rapidly. They have to in order to make it to the desired end!

The title for this The Sympathizer episode is “Give Us Some Good Lines,” and if you have not seen the synopsis below yet, it gives you a sense of what lies ahead:

The Captain encounters an uninvited guest on his drive north to consult on the Auteur’s war movie. While on set, the Captain’s frustrations grow as he navigates the Auteur’s volatile ego, temperamental Hollywood actors, concerns of Vietnamese extras, and his own emotional response to the film.

For those of you who have already read the source material here, you probably have a good sense of where the show is going to be going. We don’t think that there are going to be a lot of fundamental changes to the story but, at the same time, a few small things could be altered here and there. That tends to be our philosophy for the majority of adaptations out there in general, and we don’t imagine much will be different here.

Creatively, we just wonder if the next few episodes are going to be enough to allow the HBO show to further build up momentum with fans and critics alike. We do think the series has been received better than another release from the network as of late in The Regime, but it has not reached the highs that we’ve seen from a number of other shows in the past.

What do you most want to see moving into The Sympathizer season 1 episode 4?

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