Shogun: How Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo created an instant classic

BY - Kisan Nord

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Shogun took showrunner Justin Marks and writer Rachel Kondo about five years to create.

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The pair behind the show's fictional power struggle joined the FX series in 2018,

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overseeing a massive rework of the former script and a dedication to cultural authenticity.

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They had two children together during long production cycles, COVID-19 delays, and building a mini-feudal Japan in British Columbia.

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Result? A masterfully produced drama that is easily the best TV show of the year so far. 

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Regarding Shogun's finale, Marks told Esquire, "This show took so long to make 

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that it's become a part of our lives, and so it never ends a certain way."     

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"We're relieved that, at least, it's not like Pitchfork or something. It would be worse."

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