While season 2 explores Lil Dicky on a “psychological level” — as Dave Burd pointed out, “it literally climaxes with me talking to my own innermost enlightened version of myself” — season 3 will be more “observational,” focusing on Dave’s outer world.
Despite this shift, “Dave” will remain a “reflection” of Burd’s own viewpoint. “I think I’m in a position where what do I know better than my own perspective?” he explained. “So I try to stick to that because that’s really the one thing I am an expert at, is my own thoughts.”
In the finale of season 2, GaTa joins Lil Dicky onstage in a moment of “catharsis” after a season of “inner personal strife” and “buil[t] up angst and opposition,” as Burd put it. Dave is finally no longer at odds with his closest friend, but that doesn’t mean that conflict has left his life.
Season 3 will dive into some unprecedented territory for the series, but one key concept will guide the entire season. “We’re going on to these different places, but I think this season, I think that the core theme is fame,” Burd revealed, “my character’s and GaTa’s character’s quest for it and what it means, and how everyone wants fame.”
It might seem like a familiar idea, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean that it’s been thoroughly examined. Fame has come to mean something entirely new in the past decade or two, and there’s plenty of room for new art that takes a unique crack at the quest for popularity in the age of social media. “We live in a time now where I feel, with social media, everyone wants to be famous, and it’s like, why?” Burd asked.