UnReal returned to Lifetime on Monday, February 26, and for those of you who weren鈥檛 totally on board with season 2, take heart 鈥 season 3 gets back on track with the show that took the TV world by storm two years ago. Part of the reason season 3 looks to be so good is that the 鈥渟uitor鈥 is actually a 鈥渟uitress.鈥 Caitlin Fitzgerald steps into the role of Serena, a Silicon Valley mogul who has never quite managed to find a balance between being a successful businesswoman and finding a partner.

The executive producers told Brit + Co at the 2018 TCA winter press tour that Serena will be sort of a stand-in for both Quinn (Constance Zimmer) and Rachel (Shiri Appleby) this season, as they continue to struggle with their personal demon鈥 and each other.

Executive producer Stacy Rukeyser says that part of the reason Rachel brings in a feminist suitress is that she wants to prove to Quinn that a strong, high-powered woman can also be lovable, which of course backfires a bit when Serena proves to be too much for most of the men vying for her affections.

鈥淚 really do believe that a smart, strong woman is one of the scariest things in the world to half or more of America,鈥 says Rukeyser. 鈥淚t鈥檚 complicated. How are you supposed to be as a woman? At work you鈥檙e supposed to be rawr-rawr, go-get-鈥檈m, demand your time, reclaim your time or whatever. But then you go out on a date and you鈥檙e not supposed to be like that 鈥 it鈥檚 intimidating, you have to make some space for the guy, make him feel important. It鈥檚 complicated! How are we supposed to be and who is the right partner for us?鈥

Rukeyser adds that while a woman is obviously not defined by having a partner or being a wife, she does think that a lot of people (including Quinn and Rachel) want that kind of connection.

鈥淚 do believe we鈥檙e all looking for some sort of connection. And should a woman like [Serena or Quinn or Rachel] be in a power couple with another Alpha male? Should she be with a Beta male who鈥檚 going to take care of the kids? How do we figure out our lives now that we have choices? And I don鈥檛 think there鈥檚 an easy answer, and that鈥檚 what we鈥檙e exploring through Serena,鈥 says the EP.

But another thing the show is exploring, which goes hand-in-hand with wanting a human connection, is Rachel鈥檚 personal struggles with men, especially given the revelation in season 2 that she was raped by one of her therapist mother鈥檚 clients.

鈥淲e finally ask, 鈥榃hat the f*ck is wrong with Rachel?鈥 and we try to answer it and the answer is 鈥榓 lot,'鈥 reveals co-creator and EP Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, adding that it鈥檚 the addition of a legitimate mental health professional to the set of 鈥淓verlasting鈥 that finally lets Rachel make some headway in this department.

鈥淨uinn has brought Dr. Simon [Brandon Jay McLaren] here for Rachel, and he is a real-ass shrink and he is going to do a real-ass job 鈥 [Rachel goes] on a whole journey to discover where the quote-unquote darkness comes from and unpacking the revelations that came up last season, in terms of what happened to her when she was a child and her mother鈥檚 response to that, and figuring out what is wrong with Rachel and why does she act the way that she does and the discovery that it鈥檚 never just one thing,鈥 says Rukeyser. 鈥淕oing through therapy for the first time, she tries to come up with the silver bullet, the one thing that will make her feel better, and the truth is, to become a healthy adult is actually a lot of work and takes a long time.鈥

Part of Rachel鈥檚 journey, however, is coming to grips with the part she played in Coleman and Yael鈥檚 deaths at the end of season 2. Yes, Jeremy (Josh Kelly) was primarily responsible, but did Rachel coerce him to act the way he did? And what about the repercussions of him becoming violent with her? Needless to say, those two have some serious things to deal with.

鈥淩achel is not being honest about one big thing, which is that she may have produced Jeremy to do what he did to Coleman and Yael. She is not facing her own personal responsibility in what happened,鈥 says Shapiro. 鈥淛eremy comes back and is sober and has gone through anger management and is thinking he has done everything that Rachel wants him to do to make amends and she won鈥檛 even admit that she had any part in his decision, so she does need to come to terms with that and face the truth of that, and Dr. Simon helps her get there.鈥

And while Jeremy will never be a romantic interest for Rachel again, he is still a big part of her life 鈥 and the big questions are, should he even be in Rachel鈥檚 life and should he still be working on Everlasting?

鈥淥ver the course of the season, Jeremy has to come to terms with what he did, to really accept the fact that he killed two people for Rachel, for this place. And how will he ever be able to live with himself?鈥 says Rukeyser.

UnReal airs Mondays at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

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