Bear stars Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri shared mixed emotions as they discussed their reactions to the reaction to Carmen and Sydney online.
Bear stars Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri discuss online reactions to Carmen and Sydney, revealing whether their characters should be a couple. At the end of the show's first installment, Carmen (White) and Sydney (Ed Beery) and other stressed-out co-workers enjoy celebrating after an unexpected emotional windfall gets the characters started on this kind of work process Moments at the restaurant they've always dreamed of. It's undeniably an uplifting note for Bear's first season, even though it's mostly focused on the characters' personal lives.
While fans wait for more news on FX and Hulu's renewed Bear Bear season 2, some fans of the show have already started shipping Syd and Carmy. In a feature on Variety, Edebiri and White discuss whether their characters could end up being more than friends. Edebiri spoke first about the possibility, explaining that she understands audience investment, but she doesn't see it through that lens. White and show creator Christopher Storer also offered their thoughts. They are quoted as follows:
Edebiri: “I know there are people who are very invested in that, and I understand and I appreciate it, but it was not that for me,” Christopher Storer: “We wanted to make something that was about friendship and a partnership. It really is so funny that that is one of the things that people took away — of all the heavy shit that’s going on in the show! It was interesting because Ayo and Jeremy, since they are our friends and are such wonderful people, I think there is this charisma that comes off both of them. From the beginning, it was like, we should just show people being really good at their jobs and pushing each other. Selfishly, I hadn’t seen a show without a romantic plot and was like, that could be kind of cool and interesting.” White: “No! It was never discussed by anybody. Certainly not! I hope that’s something that’s explored a little bit in the second season — if he can kind of get out of his own way a little bit, how can he help everybody else in the kitchen and also how can they help him? I think, in this first season, he was far too fracted and had a lot of selfish thinking going on. I think he wanted to be there for Sydney, but I don’t think he was capable.”
Would A Carmy & Syd Relationship Work In The Bear Season 2?
Stay away from the question of what The cast had Carmy and Syd in mind, and The Bear season 1 didn't leave much room for that relationship or any other romance. The first eight episodes are more about how the characters deal with their own hangups and, in Cam's case, dealing with addiction and the loss of his brother. It's an introduction to the whole, in other words, it sets up several possibilities, but focuses more on building the words and stakes of the story.
Nonetheless, The Bear points to possible future stories. Sydney has an absolutely antagonistic relationship with Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) that could morph into something more, as does Carm and Syd. But what's so interesting and disturbing about season 1 of The Bear is how it shows a hectic professional environment and a personal toll. In other words, with so much to explore, there's no reason Cam and Sid can't develop their relationship over the next few episodes.
The same goes for Sydney and Marcus (Lionel Boyce), both of whom have their own fans. This shows the strength of the actors, their Chemistry and writing, it all comes together to make The Bear one of the best shows of 2022. And, for viewers, no matter how loyal they are to the transport, or if they have none at all, anything can be on the menu after the stellar finale.
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