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During the Emmys' FYC screening and panel for Atlanta on Friday, Donald Glover shed some light on the expectations for season three of the critically-acclaimed FX series. "I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records," Glover said, per IndieWire. "I feel like this is our ‘Graduation.’ This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album."
Atlanta aligning itself with Kanye albums isn't new information. The show's writer and executive producer Stephen Glover and director Hiro Murai said prior to the premiere of Robbin' Season that the second installment of the series that they would compare it to Late Registration, which also happened to be 'Ye's sophomore album. What is telling about Glover's remarks is the way he describes Graduation, and how it will translate to the overall tone of Atlanta's third season.
Following what many considered to be a much darker season, Atlanta appears to be going back to the formula that drew audiences in for season one. Stephen Glover adds that the show's long leash to get as experimental as they want is what excites them as they begin working on season three. "What’s exciting to me is that we can do almost anything… And also, all the writers are very excited to try to top themselves," he said.
A "most enjoyable" outlook for season three is great news, especially if Atlanta continues to a fourth season, which will probably get considerably darker again based on the albums by Kanye scale. West's fourth album was 808s & Heartbreak.