Has two main elements:
- Beginning of Third Era
Season 5 was our “thesis.” So we’re gonna need an “antithesis” here in season 6.
Let’s take another look at our Spider-Man show.
The season 5 thesis was:
“With great power, comes great humility.”
What could we do thematically that would act as the opposite of humility?
“With great power, comes great hubris.”
That’s a definite “antithesis.” And an interesting theme to explore in season 6.
“Hubris” would flow nicely with all of these themes. And it’s certainly an antithesis to season 5’s “humility.”
Say in season 5, Spider-Man has true humility with regards to his power. But for whatever reason, that humility starts to wane. In season 6, he starts getting overconfident. Full of himself.
Maybe it has to do with how well he dealt with whatever was going on in season 5. Maybe the emotional “point of no return” paved the way for Spidey to be on top of the world. However you do it, he starts to carry an overabundance of pride. That’ll easily lead into all kinds of “destruction,” “bummer,” etc, — all the stuff. It would make for a really interesting season.
Beginning of Third Era
- Seasons 1, 2, and 3 — the first era.
- Seasons 4 and 5 — the second era.
- Seasons 6 and 7 — the third, and usually the final, era of your series.
So season 6 needs to start this new chunk of story. It needs to establish whatever this new era is about.
Let’s take a look at what Supernatural did:
Structurally, Supernatural, unified their eras by the general story focus:
- Their first era was all about demons and hell.
- Their second era was all about angels and heaven.
- Their third era focuses on monsters and purgatory.
Season 6, begins this nicely with its seasonal focus on two main ideas:
- Where monsters go when they die: Purgatory.
- The mother of all monsters: Eve.
After setting it up nicely here in season 6, the purgatory idea and theme continues full steam ahead in season 7.
So when constructing your season 6, be sure to make it an antithesis of last season’s dramatic evolution theme. And do what you need to, to start off the new era right.