Howard is literally pulled into the plot by his superiors, and introduced to what seems like a fantasy version of himself.
The two Howards are part of that apparatus, the meek Howard a paper-shuffler in the original world and the macho Howard a covert agent for the splinter world.
In a tense diner scene, the seemingly unhinged Bats speculates about their back story, drilling deeper and deeper, and seems to be hitting some pretty serious nerves, judging by their expressions.
There are keen insights over the course of the season all of which was previewed about matters like the toxic nature of partisanship, the influence of dark money and cynicism in how the political class plays to voters' worst impulses.
Fans are on board for this darker, twistier Bateman, who in recent years has mostly been known for his work on Arrested Development — and some fans enjoy imagining that Marty is really just bizarro Michael Cd unvierse adult.
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Same people, with the same lives and traits, but there are some differences.
His performance is mesmerizing, as he expertly creates two unique characters.