In a season full of emotional highs and lows, perhaps the absolute peak of “Dear White People” Season 2 came in Episode 10, when Samantha White met… Samantha White.
Well, only on a meta level, but it was still surreal in the best way to see Sam (Logan Browning) confront right-wing talk show pundit Rikki Carter (Tessa Thompson) just before Rikki’s big speech at Winchester University. This is because Thompson had originated the role of Sam White in the film version of “Dear White People,” adding an extra layer of context that, creator Justin Simien told IndieWire, was quite deliberate.
“I always loved the idea of acknowledging that the cast changed in some way,” he said. “I like to tie up all my loose ends and so I wanted to do something meta.”
According to Simien, the idea for the character came before the idea to have Thompson play her.