Top of the Lake star Elisabeth Moss talks “darker” and “more challenging” season 2

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Elisabeth Moss is currently on our screens in The Handmaid’s Tale, which earned her an Emmy nomination earlier this month, but tonight we’ll see the actress return to another favourite role with the return of Top of the Lake.

“I think the end of season one is so vague, it’s a mess,” Moss told Digital Spy about the second series. “So I thought it was a great jumping-off point. You could go anywhere. I requested we went in a darker, deeper, more challenging direction.”

One big change is the addition of Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie as police officer Miranda Hilmarsson, a part that was written especially for her.

“It was an opportunity to explore a very intense and passionate relationship with another woman that operates in a multitude of ways,” Christie said previously. “Ways that are potentially not ideal. That can be conflicted. Complex, disturbing, unsettling. And tumultuous.”

Moss continued: “The first series was about the wilderness outside and the second one is about the wilderness within. Which is exactly right. You’re exploring the landscape within people and relationships. The first season I was on my own in the wilderness, I had scenes with mostly men or on my own.

“With this I felt it was a real human drama, and that I was exploring more personal relationships especially in Gwendoline’s Miranda. I had a partner quite literally in crime. I had a person I could play off of, and have this arc of a relationship that goes the whole six episodes.”

Top of the Lake: China Girl airs tonight on BBC Two.