‘The Purge’ Season 2 Addresses These New Purge Crimes

In The Purge, all crime is legal for one night every year. Each of the movies takes place on one Purge Night and shows purgers in masks committing murder, and a few heroes trying to survive. But if all crime is legal, why is murder the only crime the movies show people committing? Finally, Season 2 of TV series is going to show other crimes. 

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Max Martini as Ryan Grant in The Purge season 2 | Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

Executive producers Krystal Ziv and James Roland spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by phone about the show’s second season. Here are some of the other crimes and issues you’ll see in the 10 new episodes. The Purge returns tonight at 9 p.m. and airs every Tuesday on USA.

The new ‘Purge’ crime of season 2

There is still murder in The Purge, but season 2 opens with a different sort of crime. A gang of professional thieves executes a Purge Night heist. The Purge creator James DeMonaco wanted to explore that.

Max Martini in The Purge season 2 | Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

“When we came in, a big one that he had is somebody doing a heist,” Roland said. “Another thing that a lot of the fans had talked about was why just murder which is a good point. They wanted to have somebody who does something on Purge that isn’t murder related.”

‘The Purge’ season 2 addresses the legal system off Purge night

The idea of The Purge is that when people are allowed to commit crime one night, they don’t commit it the rest of the year. However, when there is a crime after Purge Night, the accused still has to go to court. When they do, the sentence is extreme.

“Yes, the NFFA have to keep up their appearances that crime is down so they don’t want people committing crime the rest of the year,” Ziv said. “So if anyone does, they’re going to give a big deterrent.”

The rest of the year is no picnic for Purge survivors

People may make it out of Purge Night alive, but that doesn’t mean they can relax the rest of the year. Surviving a Purge is still traumatic.

“In movies, the sirens are our signal that everything is okay,” Ziv said. “With Marcus (Derek Luke)’s story, it’s like nothing is okay,” Ziv said. “In the first episode we kind of show the sirens mean something different this year. 

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Derek Luke as Marcus in The Purge season 2 | Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

Roland spoke more about “Derek [Luke]’s character Marcus the idea of somebody who had something bad happen to him and the lingering effects of it through the season. I remember that, more sort of things that were already on the table when we came on board.”

It’s going to be a tough year for Marcus.

“The emotional aftermath is what we spent a big majority of the writers room talking about,” Ziv said. “And we have room to show time passing so we can see his character go down a little bit of a spiral because we actually get to see the whole year pass by, so how this change in his life from episode to episode allows us a lot of freedom.”

There’s a whole generation who’s used to this now

The Purge has been happening for so long that there is a whole generation who’s used to it. 

“One of the cool things that we really get into as the series moves on is the longterm psychological ramifications of people that have grown up with The Purge and how it affects them,” Roland said. “So almost like are people starting to change because of The Purge is something we get to play with which I think is pretty cool.

Ben (Joel Allen) is a college student who goes out on Purge Night.

(l-r) Joel Allen as Ben, Matt Shively as Turner in The Purge season 2 | Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

“Our Ben character totally embodies the first generation that’s never known anything but the world with The Purge,” Zev said. “So seeing him compared to the other characters is pretty interesting.”

Esme (Paola Nunez), on the other hand, works for the NFFA.

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Paola Núñez as Esme Carmona in The Purge season 2 | Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

“Even Esme, our character that works for the NFFA, she watches stuff on screens and yet it still affects her and gets to her even though she at least starts the season believing in it all,” Ziv continued. “You can’t help but keep it in your consciousness.”