Internet Debates If Nathan Fielder Is A Heroic Genius Or A Villainous Madman Following Insane First Season Of ‘The Rehearsal’

The Rehearsal: Internet Debates If Nathan Fielder Is Genius Or Madman

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Following the conclusion of The Rehearsal‘s six-episode first season, fans of the utterly bizarre comedy (?) series took to Twitter to debate the man at its center: Nathan Fielder.

After the first season saw Fielder try to simulate raising a family, the consequences of his actions came to fruition in the finale as one of the child actors in the project, Remy, began believing that Fielder was *really* his Dad.

As a result, Fielder took the experiment to an even deeper, more-meta level that saw him do the entirety of The Rehearsal from the perspective of Remy’s mother, concluding in an almost Kubrickian final scene that saw Fielder — dressed as a woman, pretending to be the child actor’s mother — tell him that he’s actually his Dad.

“It’s okay if you get confused. It’s okay if you get sad. Because no matter what you experience, we have each other. And I’m always gonna be here for you, because I’m your dad,” Fielder, dressed as a woman, says in the closing moments.

“Wait, I thought you were my mom,” Liam, a different child actor playing Remy, confusedly says to Nathan as he breaks character.

“No,” Nathan responds, “I’m your dad.”

The internet can’t decide whether or not Nathan Fielder is a genius or a madman following the insane first season of The Rehearsal

Needless to say, both the finale and the first season as a whole left fans and critics alike wondering the same exact thing: is Nathan Fielder a genius or a madman?

Prior to the release of the season one finale on Sunday, HBO announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.

“Nathan has sparked such a lively conversation with The Rehearsal,” Amy Gravitt, an Executive Vice President of Programming at HBO, said in a statement.

“We have no idea where season 2 will take us, and that is the delight of this boundary pushing show from a truly singular talent.”

All six episodes of The Rehearsal are currently streaming on HBO Max.

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