The series from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij follows a once-blind woman named Prairie as she attempts to cross dimensions with the help of four teenagers, one school-teacher and five mystical movements.
When Prairie first meets her recruits (via video) she asks them: “Don’t come unless you leave your front door open, you have to invite me in.”
In a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic, Marling was asked about this quirk and explained that by leaving their doors open the group were making a bold, physical gesture.
“It’s one of those things that is like a feeling rather than a thought,” she said.
“But the feeling is that she’s asking this group of boys to be receptive and to be listeners — like Hap’s also a listener.
“In order to do that, they have to make some physical gesture.”
The OA follows a once-blind woman as she tries to travel between dimensions
Prairie tells her recruits why she needs their help in a partially-constructed house
She added: “What’s crazy is that when they do that, it feels so bold.
“They’re just leaving the door open — it’s not that big of a deal.
“Especially in America we think of our houses as little fortresses and our lives as little fortresses: Don’t let anybody in.
“So there’s something very provocative about leaving a door open as an invitation.”
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Prairie is shot in the closing scenes
Marling and Batmanglij have remained coy about many of the show’s other outstanding questions.
The season finale cast doubt on Prairie’s story as French found a box filled with books under her bed, suggesting that she has lied about her near-death experiences.
In the closing scenes an unidentified gunman stormed the boy’s high school and opened fire, shooting Prairie in the chest.